Re: [ga] Who wants "governance" without "representation?"
On Mon, 18 Mar 2002, at 13:08 [=GMT-0500], vint cerf wrote:
> it would seem that eric and I are both correct in the sense that eric
> argues that specific knowledge needs to be "represented" (as opposed to
> groups?) and I think the directors must have feel a holistic sense of
> responsibility to Internet as a whole.
Holistic, yes, but will that be the case if the majority of the Board is
made up of people who make a living in names and numbers? More so, since
ICANN regulates a market, perhaps even a cartel. It seems a bit odd to let
the supplier side make the decisions alone. 'Consumers' cannot go
elsewhere, neither for their IP addresses nor for their domain names. Let
the market decide doesn't work. So?
> At 09:37 AM 3/18/2002 -0800, Mike Roberts wrote:
> >Eric is correct. In Jon's initial conception in June of 1998, there was to be a twelve person board with experts from the names, protocols and address communities taking nine seats, and the three other seats to be filled by individuals representing the public at large, which is a fairly standard phenomenon on tax-exempt organization boards.
> >But the important point is that the perspective which the Directors bring to their work is of the character, "Based on what you know and the facts before you, what is the best decision for all affected parts of the Internet?" Having representation from the experts was, in Jon's view, a way of lowering the risks associated with broadening the oversight of the DNS from he and his fellow engineers to a consensus based organization representing all relevant interests.
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