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Re: [wg-review] Re: [cctld-discuss] Comments on review of DNSObyMrPark

On Wed, Jan 24, 2001 at 06:20:08PM +0000, Pilar Luque wrote:
> Dear Martin,
> This is not about being or not being able to express ourselves in
> English.  This is about outreach of ICANN.  Not everybody, like you, had
> the chance to be born in an English speaking part of the world.  I would
> like to see the ccTLD Constituency growing in participation and not only
> English mother tongue speakers expresing their views in the ICANN public
> forum.  I would like to see the ICANN Board and the Names Council
> composed by an equal number of non-English mother tongue speakers than
> no-English mother tongue speakers.

By my count (I could be off by 1 or 2 somewhere) 11 of the 19 NC members
are non-native english speakers; 11 or 12 of the 19 Board members are
non-native english speakers (depends on how you count Jonathan Cohen --
as far as I know he is completely bi-lingual).  ICANN is completely
aware of this issue at the highest levels. 

While I have a great deal of sympathy for this issue, ignoring facts and
practical reality does not help it.  In fact, ICANN has done a
tremendous amount to support global representativeness, and at some 
point unwillingness to acknowledge this fact turns a justifiable 
concern into mere whining.

Kent Crispin                               "Be good, and you will be
kent@songbird.com                           lonesome." -- Mark Twain
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