ICANN, like the IETF, sets forth consensus as its standard
for decision-making. Yet,
as our participants’ answers reveal, consensus is a term
that is difficult to define in hard terms.
Indeed, attempting to assign a numerical equivalent
of “consensus” seems to undermine the very values that a
loose, theoretically supermajoritarian standard achieves. At the same time, the inability to quantify
consensus may undermine ICANN’s authority by calling into
question whether it has adhered to its own procedural guidelines.