Re: [ga] Substance over rhetoric - a constructive challenge
At 9:41 AM -0600 3/18/02, Kristy McKee wrote:
>Vint, I appreciate you taking the time to write; however you have
>added nothing to our conversation and have not even attempted to
>answer the question asked.
>Only your private little group believes the At Large was a one time
>thing. No one in the general public has that understanding.
This is clearly incorrect, and well documented in press reports after
Cairo, the registration website, numerous emails, and numerous public
statements by me, other Board members, Andrew and other staff members.
The system was built on a shoestring, operated by an incredibly
overworked and loyal contract project manager on a $200,000 budget,
of which over $100,000 went into postal charges for the pin letters.
It was a one off system held together by bailing wire. The
alternative would have been no election at all in 2000. The
statement in the pin letters "keep this letter" which went on to
explain that the membership account could not be activated without
the enclosed pin, was to try to ensure that people did not toss the
letter and then find themselves unable to activate and vote.
Despite this warning, lots of people did toss the letter and did not
get a replacement pin in time to vote. None of this sequence of
communications was ever characterized as including any activities,
rights or privileges after the conclusion of the vote.
Beyond the issue of historical revisionism, dredging this stuff up
serves no purpose at this time. The Board has clearly stated in its
Accra resolution that
"Whereas, the Board wishes to move forward with energy and enthusiasm
to build a meaningful structure for informed participation by the
full range of Internet users, and seeks avenues to achieve these
objectives that are bottom-up, self-organized, and self-sustaining;"
The phrase " bottom-up, self-organized, and self-sustaining" means
exactly that. If At Large can not demonstrate substantial progress
toward that goal in the next several months, then the death sentence
for an At Large organization with representation on the ICANN Board
will undoubtedly be carried out.
Due to Joop's hard work and the encouragement of lots of others, we
have a nucleus AL organization. Let's build on that base, making
necessary changes as we go.
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