to be held in Cambridge, Massachusetts
November 14, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Marriott, Cambridge, MA
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The Board of Directors
of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) held its first
public meeting on Saturday, November 14, at the Cambridge Marriott,
Cambridge, Massachusetts, from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. The meeting is open
to all interested parties. The board members will introduce themselves,
and they hope to hear comments and concrete suggestions from the attendees
on issues including:
and Representation—Possible Membership Structures
The Berkman Center
for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School will be facilitating and
moderating this meeting, which will be one in a series of public meetings
that the ICANN board will hold around the world during the course of the
We have listened
to comments and have decided to have members in order to foster accountability
and representation—and better decisions! How should we do it? What are
appropriate criteria for membership? Should there be different kinds—and
if so, what kinds? How should members elect At-Large Board Members? How
can we ensure broad geographical representation?
and Unbiased Expertise—Supporting Organization Structures
We need a structure
to ensure that we get good technical advice and unbiased expertise. Our
chosen approach, Supporting Organizations, needs clarification and definition.
How can we design a structure so that SOs are broadly representative of
their communities? How can we avoid conflicts of interest? What criteria
should we use to approve SOs? What role should they play vis a vis the
Board? How should SO Board members be selected and elected? What are the
differences among the three SOs and how does that affect the appropriate
structure for each?
Interest and How to Avoid Them—Transparency, Rules, and Other Mechanisms
We want this organization
to be open, transparent, responsive, and free of hidden conflicts of interest.
How can we ensure that? What kinds of rules and disclosure are necessary?
How quickly can we realistically post minutes? We plan to hold open meetings
along with most face-to-face board meetings, in all parts of the world.
How often and how should we do that?
other issues may be discussed as well.
are also invited to join ICANN board members at an informal reception (light
refreshments and cash bar) at the Marriott, from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Friday,
We are continuing to
solicit comments for a week following the meeting, through Saturday, November 21 (midnight EST).
All comments received will be posted for viewing on the BCIS site.
Use this comment
form to submit comments..
View received comments
and registered attendees.
For additional information,
Shaffer Van Houweling
to the President, ICANN
Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School
Berkman Center for Internet & Society
for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School
+1 (617) 495-4643
+1 (212) 924-8800
(but I'm not often there!)
THANKS TO OUR CONRTRIBUTORS
ICANN and the Berkman Center would like to thank everyone who contributed their expertise and services to this endeavor.
While no such list can be complete, we recognize several of these contributors on the contributors page.