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Re: [ga] At Large Board Seat

  • To: Danny Younger <dannyyounger@xxxxxxxxx>, karl@xxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Subject: Re: [ga] At Large Board Seat
  • From: "Jeffrey A. Williams" <jwkckid1@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 18 Sep 2009 15:05:44 -0500 (GMT-05:00)

Danny and all,

  The best and only ligitimate way forward for and Atlarge board member is a 
public vote.  Appointments are utter nonsense and not accountable, openly
determined, nor transparent.  

-----Original Message-----
>From: Danny Younger <dannyyounger@xxxxxxxxx>
>Sent: Sep 16, 2009 3:27 PM
>To: karl@xxxxxxxxxxxx
>Cc: GA <ga@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>Subject: Re: [ga] At Large Board Seat
>Re:  "I have been disappointed, but unfortunately, not surprised, to see 
>Karl, at last week's NARALO session I asked for, and obtained, an upcoming 
>teleconference scheduled for next Monday at 19:00 UTC (12:00 p.m. PDT/3 p.m. 
>EDT) that will be devoted exclusively to the topic.  
>It will be a brainstorming session that will hopefully lead to a process by 
>which an at-large director may be appointed.
>A have quite a few thoughts as to what might be a suitable process, and am 
>hoping that recourse to some of the processes used in the earlier global 
>elections may reveal a good way forward.
>Examples would include (1) utilizing the services of election.com once more to 
>aid in an at-large voter registration process; (2) the used of a multi-phase 
>approach; (3) the use of preferential voting mechanisms (4) nominations by 
>both a nominating committee and by member-nomination, etc.
>--- On Wed, 9/16/09, Karl Auerbach <karl@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> From: Karl Auerbach <karl@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> Subject: Re: [ga] At Large Board Seat
>> To: "Danny Younger" <dannyyounger@xxxxxxxxx>
>> Cc: "GA" <ga@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 3:52 PM
>> On 09/15/2009 08:09 PM, Danny Younger
>> wrote:
>> > here are the relevant Board meeting minutes:
>> > 
>> > b.Voting Director Appointed from the At Large
>> > 
>> > The Board received an update from Staff regarding the
>> Board review
>> > Working Group recommendation for the inclusion of a
>> voting director
>> > appointed from the At Large. The Board discussed some
>> potential
>> > implementation hurdles that must be resolved, though
>> recognized that
>> > approving of the recommendation in principle would
>> then allow for the
>> > planning of the implementation.
>> Which is slightly at odds with the fact that we (the
>> "Working Group") recommended *two* voting seats not a
>> singular "a voting director".
>> Although I don't remember the exact words we used, our
>> intent was that the "at large" mean the broad community of
>> internet users, not merely the ALAC, and that the mechanism
>> of choice be something in which the members of that larger
>> community have have, in some cumulative way yet to be
>> designed, to pick and choose the people to be seated.
>> In my own mind it seems to me that we opened the door to
>> the ALAC to make a definite and detailed proposal of how
>> that may work.  I have been disappointed, but
>> unfortunately, not surprised, to see nothing.  In this
>> absence "staff" has been handed a blank sheet of paper on
>> which it can expand in any and all directions.
>> The ALAC still has time, but not much time, to draw some
>> faint containment lines on that sheet.
>> In our working group I felt that this issue needed a
>> broader field, that the question of publicly seated
>> directors needed to address, or to my mind "redress", the
>> nominating committee system, the question whether the
>> President should have an automatic voting seat on the board
>> (I've always felt that that was a very wrong choice),
>> elimination of the misconceived ombudsman, a requirement to
>> re-enact (or not) decisions of the past (such as the UDRP)
>> so that the public directors can finally have a voice in the
>> decision, etc.
>>         --karl--

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