[At-Large] [lac-discuss-en] Public Board Meeting - the Update for Prague

Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond ocl at gih.com
Tue May 1 22:54:40 UTC 2012

Dear all,

I indeed had been asked about this and forwarded an enquiry to the ALAC
working list.

But I was not able to get back to the Board with the views of our
community (rather than my own views) before their announcement. I had no
idea they were going to proceed without a proper consultation with the

Kind regards,


On 01/05/2012 03:03, Salanieta T. Tamanikaiwaimaro wrote :
> Dear All,
> I recall the Chair suggesting the removal of Friday and in a sense as
> Chair/Director he does have the authority to restructure or reformat the
> meeting style but would have thought that since it involves a wide range of
> stakeholders that there should have been some level of consultation on
> that. Maybe there were consultations but I missed it ???
> Part of "transparency" is the ability for the public to see the nuances
> from body language whilst communicating.
> Kind Regards,
> Sala
> On Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 9:51 PM, Dev Anand Teelucksingh <devtee at gmail.com>wrote:
>> I agree with you Carlton.
>> Sure, the hard decisions were already decided "behind the scenes" so
>> that there were no surprises. And yes, I suppose the board meeting
>> transcript of such a ICANN Board meeting held after the conference can
>> be done.
>> But not seeing the body language of the ICANN Board as they explained
>> their decisions on key issues in the history of ICANN (e.g .XXX , the
>> launch of the new gTLD program) and also the sense of what the
>> community felt as they listened to the statements, is lost.
>> Hopefully, important issues to be decided by the ICANN Board would be
>> done by special ICANN Board meetings such as the one held on Monday
>> during the Singapore meeting, when the implementation of the new gTLD
>> program was approved.
>> Dev Anand
>> On Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 6:59 PM, Carlton Samuels
>> <carlton.samuels at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> I'm sure I may be in the minority to bemoan the passing of the usual
>>> 'public' Friday morning ICANN Board meeting.
>>> Let us be clear I'm not just hopped off the truck here. I'm familiar
>> enough
>>> with these matters to recognize it for what it is principally intended;
>>> theatre.  But in the ICANN context, even crafted theatre has its role.
>>> First, I truly believe that for a claimed multistakeholder organisation
>> and
>>> while the 'public' board meeting may not have been all it could be, it
>> was
>>> an important indicator or attribute of the MSM, especially having regard
>>> the global public interest.
>>> Secondly, even if the votes are already taken, there existed an outside
>>> chance that one may witness truly revealing 'body language' of
>>> participants.  Maybe its because for most of my life I have always
>>> straddled several socio-political realities. But I am socialized to be
>> ever
>>> mindful that one may 'feel the hand of Esau even as you hear the voice of
>>> Jacob'.
>>> I can still hear Susan Crawford's cathartic farewell speech in 2008.  It
>>> was remarkable, the response in body language of several board members
>> told
>>> a story.  I will concede it may not mean much, then and there.  Aferall,
>>> the deed is done and the die is cast. But when the 'fire next time'
>> comes,
>>> it is instructive.
>>> - Carlton Samuels
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Olivier MJ Crépin-Leblond, PhD

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