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RE: [ga] Agenda for GA meeting in Santiago, Chile
Sure, I have some ideas. Try this one on for size:
1. Email has not proven to be a good medium for the exchange of ideas, and
especially not for developing ideas into coherent proposals that have buy-in
from important groups. Proof? Look at the last two years. Therefore, I
believe that it would be a great idea to move from email only to email PLUS
online synchronous typed "chat" sessions, where a chair would recognize
"speakers" and Robert's Rules or similar would apply. All "meetings",
either of working groups or of the Names Council, or of the GA, would happen
in this way. This should be coupled with voting software (not that hard),
so that decisions can be taken at these meetings. The advantages of this
approach are many:
(a) the record is complete, automatically. No more of these bland minutes
that don't tell anyone what happened.
(b) Troublemakers can be thrown off
(c) Easy to have "read only" participants
(d) Can actually get decisions made
I am told that AOL, one of the ICANN-approved registrars, has some expertise
in matters of chat and how to make the method work for different purposes.
P.S. If you can't type, then dictate. That's not an excuse.
>From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of
>Sent: Wednesday, August 18, 1999 1:50 AM
>Subject: RE: [ga] Agenda for GA meeting in Santiago, Chile
>> On the Internet, the only way this will work is by using
>> online methods, and
>> by getting some new voices in the chorus to leaven out the repetitive
>> cacophony we've become used to.
>You just said few lines earlier that there is little public interest in
>ICANN outside the couple of hundreds people who are constituting the
>I would like to see more interest, and a wider spectrum of ideas,
>participants, "constituencies", but this is what we have.
>I believe that we should deal with the current constraints, and go ahead,
>with a mix of F2F meetings (where the few fortunate that can
>attend have the
>chance to dig more into the issues) and E-mail, where everybody gets the
>chance to voice his/her opinion.
>In terms of decision making, I agree that the decisions should be taken
>I am obviously speaking of the decisions that have to be taken by the GA,
>because for the decisions to be taken by the Council the Council itself
>should determine its way of operating.