[At-Large] [BMSPC-2020] Board seat 15 selection

Maureen Hilyard maureen.hilyard at gmail.com
Tue Nov 19 06:54:05 UTC 2019

This story gets more intriguing as more is revealed. But it is more
interesting as a conversation - rather than trying to fit all these
personal observations into a textbook version.

On Mon, 18 Nov 2019, 8:44 PM Olivier MJ Crépin-Leblond, <ocl at gih.com> wrote:

> Dear Wolfgang,
> thank you for your follow-up. Please find my comments inline:
> On 18/11/2019 22:05, Wolfgang Kleinwächter wrote:
> Bildt proposed that At Large membership should be open to "individual
> domain name holders". The idea was to form six regional At Large Councils
> (with five members) and a global At Large Council (with 12 members/two from
> each of the six regions). Recognized At Large members would have a right to
> vote for the five members of their regional council and also vote for the
> regional Board director. The plan was to have a balance in the ICANN board
> among "developers" (technical community), providers (business) and users
> (civil society) of services, with governments in an advisory capacity.
> A significant mistake was made by the Bildt Committee and that's to
> propose restricting membership to "individual domain name holders". The DNS
> is used by all users, not only by domain name holders. In fact, there is a
> designation for individuals that hold a large number of domain names and
> that's "domainer". So in fact Bildt was proposing ICANN to close itself
> into its microcosm of domain name businesses and domainers, quite the
> contrary from the openness that was displayed when ICANN first started.
> This was a significant step back for end users and I understand how some
> supporters of ICANN Version 1 were irritated enough to leave the process
> altogether. They felt betrayed. As someone who had been actively involved
> in supporting the "other" proposal, the Internet Ad-Hoc Committee (IAHC -
> https://icannwiki.org/IAHC ), resulting in a gTLD MoU (
> https://icannwiki.org/GTLD-MoU ) the debate became political very
> quickly, with concerns by US politicians that the Root and its resources
> would leave the USA. Upon hindsight, perhaps the IAHC's proposal was not
> end-user friendly, but I remember that one of the significant points made
> in the presentation of ICANN, along with the Green and White papers, was
> that it had a very strong end user component, through its election process.
> I think that a lot of people, reading this, myself included, shifted our
> view from supporting a gTLD MoU future to an ICANN future when this end
> user component was promoted. What happened during the re-organisation of
> ICANN was, in my view, nothing short of capture, and it took me until 2008
> to accept it. BTW the DNSO mailing list discussions were toxic.
> Kindest regards,
> Olivier
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