Representation in Cyberspace Study
Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School
1) How membership relates to the organization
a) Membership versus citizenship
b) Legitimating and checking functions of membership
c) What the organization does/should do is not on the table - tailoring the membership to that function
a) Who is a member?
ii) Verification (fees, identity authentication)
iii) Rights and obligations
iv) Classes of membership?
b) Safeguards against capture
i) "Capture" presumes we know what the legitimate interests are, to distinguish from overrepresentation of a special interest
ii) Who might capture, and how?
iii) General and specific prevention
c) Election procedures
i) Nomination: candidate criteria, selection of nominees, commitment required
ii) Nominating / membership committee?
iii) Geographic diversity requirement
a) Membership organizations
i) Interviews with directors
ii) Analysis of bylaws
iii) Questions on comparisons of particular interest
i) Corporate governance
ii) Political theory
iii) Voting rights
iv) International relations
v) Legal requirements
c) Interested parties
i) What are their concerns with regard to membership?
ii) Do they have proposals or relevant experience?
5) Analysis against our questions and the principles of the WP and bylaws
Last modified 2/15/99 by Wendy Seltzer.
Berkman Center for Internet & Society