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[ga] RE: [ALSC-Forum] Revised charter proposal for elections of aninterimat large panel

I support this proposal with the exception of reference to age criteria in
the selection process, which I suspect is unlawful. Laws pertaining to
discrimination apply to age just the same as sex, race, color etc., so I
would delete the last part of that sentence and end at "...then the same by
Also, I hope one of the existing Panel members will accept Bill's proxy.
Thanks for doing this.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-forum@www.atlargestudy.org
[mailto:owner-forum@www.atlargestudy.org]On Behalf Of Stephen Waters
Sent: Wednesday, March 20, 2002 9:31 AM
To: Vittorio Bertola
Cc: forum@atlargestudy.org; ga@dnso.org
Subject: Re: [ALSC-Forum] Revised charter proposal for elections of
aninterim at large panel

I like your proposal. Let's run with it.

On Tue, 2002-03-19 at 07:03, Vittorio Bertola wrote:
> Dear all,
> here is the interim panel election charter proposal revised with all
> comments and suggestions I've received up to now (thanks!). Please
> send more comments and suggestions or at least an expression of
> support.
> A nice coloured versions with changes highlighted is available on the
> web at http://www.icannatlarge.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=246#246. Main
> changes include:
> - an initial statement about what kind of panel members we'd like to
> have
> - reduction from 9 to 7 panel members
> - rewording and clarifications in the mandate
> - a provision about a confirmation vote by the members if the mandate
> cannot be achieved in three months
> - moving the dates a couple of days forward (time is ticking...)
> - allowing three days for the vote rather than one
> - clarifying the mechanism of voting and picking the elected
> candidates, including a minimum threshold of 15 votes and a tie
> resolution method (questionable, but hopefully not really important)
> Discussion is still ongoing, so there might be more changes, but the
> target is to finalize this charter in a couple of days.
> ----
> Following the discussions on the ALSC Forum list, the icannatlarge.com
> website, and other lists, an election for an interim panel for the
> icannatlarge.com effort is now starting.
> The purpose is to select a group of members that represent different
> views, cultures and geographical areas inside the At Large movement,
> have some technical and organizational skills, and are willing to
> devote a significant amount of their time to this effort in the next
> few months.
> The panel shall be composed of seven members of the icannatlarge.com
> effort.
> The mandate of the panel will be limited to:
> 1. guiding an outreach campaign so that the highest possible number of
> active users of the Internet who might want to participate in ICANN
> are informed of the effort and can register on icannatlarge.com if
> they wish, and that the membership grows to a point where it can be
> considered sufficiently representative of such users;
> 2. guiding the public and open discussion of Bylaws for a new At Large
> Membership organization, trying to gather consensus, consider all
> inputs, unify all efforts, and put together, after no more than two
> months from its election, one or more proposals of Bylaws to be then
> submitted and approved by a majority vote of the membership;
> 3. establishing a secure voting system for the Bylaws to be approved
> and subsequently for the first election of the officers of the new
> organization, and managing to hold such two votes before its
> expiration term;
> 4. managing the icannatlarge.com website, directly and/or by
> appointing webmasters.
> The panel shall expire and conclude its work after three months from
> its election, or after the officers of the new organization have been
> elected, whichever comes first. In case that the officers' election
> cannot be held before the expiration date, a general majority vote of
> the membership will decide whether to extend the panel's term by three
> more months, or to elect a new interim panel according to this
> charter.
> All persons registering on icannatlarge.com before the end of Friday 5
> April 2002 (GMT) will be entitled to vote. By April 9 all enrolled
> persons will receive by e-mail their login data for the voting system
> and the instructions about how to vote.
> Members who subscribe this charter and thus want to candidate
> themselves to the interim panel will have to express their intention
> to do so by posting a message to the "Candidacies" thread in the
> "Elections" forum of the icannatlarge.com website, by the end of
> Friday 5 April 2002 (GMT). Only members that do so will be allowed to
> be voted.
> A public debate about the candidates will be hold in the "Elections"
> forum of the icannatlarge.com website on April 6-9. The electoral
> campaign will then stop.
> Voting will occur between Wednesday 10 April and Friday 12 April 2002
> (GMT).
> Each voter will be allowed to endorse up to three names taken from the
> list of the candidates. The seven candidates who receive the highest
> number of votes will be elected, provided that they have received at
> least 15 votes; if there are not seven candidates above this
> threshold, the number of members of the panel will be reduced
> accordingly.
> Ties (if any) will be solved by ordering names by the number of
> candidates of the same ICANN Region (as amended per ALSC proposal)
> that received more votes than the tied ones (the lowest first, so to
> help diversity among regions), then the same by country, and then by
> age (the oldest first).
> At this stage, it is impossible to provide anything more than a simple
> online voting system, or to strictly verify the real identity of the
> people who registered. Though we are aware of these problems, we think
> that it is necessary to bootstrap this effort to be then able to set
> up systems with a higher degree of authentication and security. It is
> necessary for all those who participate to trust the current
> organizers of the icannatlarge.com effort about the fact that
> elections will be conducted in a fair manner.
> --
> .oOo.oOo.oOo.oOo vb.
> Vittorio Bertola     <vb@vitaminic.net>    Ph. +39 011 23381220
> Vitaminic [The Music Evolution] - Vice President for Technology
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