CYBER-FEDERALIST No. 7 November 16, 2000
ICANN At Large Members Launch Coordinating Committee
Civil Society Democracy Project (CivSoc)
The Internet Democracy Project
LOS ANGELES - The ICANN meeting in Marina del Rey was the site of an historic event: the launch of a first organization to facilitate self-organization of the ICANN At Large members and foster democratic participation in the ICANN process. That new organization is the "Interim Coordinating Committee" (ICC) for the ICANN At Large membership.
The ICC will promote and facilitate user participation in ICANN by Internet
users from around the globe. The ICC is intended to help the membership
develop a collective voice with which to speak out on issues. Its
web site is: http://www.ICANNmembers.org
A high priority issue for the At Large membership is the "Clean Sheet" study proposed by the Board at their July meeting in Yokohama. At that time, the At Large Membership had not yet even been constituted. Yet the study's mandate is to reconsider the very existence of the At Large membership -- a prospect that seems at odds with the remarkable success of the At Large elections in which some 158,000 users participated. The ICC will be working with members to help articulate the member perspective on this study.
Another issue is the need to be able to communicate with the Membership.
Currently, the membership data and even access to the ICANN-Announce mailing
list is not available to the membership. That makes it difficult to inform
users of member activities.
"The ICC is committed to constructive engagement with the existing Board,"
said Wolfgang Kleinwaechter, professor at the University of Aarhus. "ICANN
processes have sometimes been contentious, but with this important step
forward in the implementation of the At Large membership, there is a renewed
willingness to work together for effective problem-solving."
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