FC: ICANN press release on "at-large" membership resolution

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Date: Thu Mar 14 2002 - 07:23:47 PST

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    hard-fought.... FYI from Esther
    >March 14, Accra, Ghana -- The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and 
    >Numbers (ICANN) Board of Directors approved a resolution during its 
    >meeting today that called for the creation of an At-Large mechanism for 
    >"meaningful, informed participation by Internet users," as recommended by 
    >the At-Large Study Committee (ALSC).  Taking a critical step towards 
    >structuring participation and representation of individuals from 
    >throughout the diverse global Internet user communities ("At-Large 
    >constituency") within ICANN, the Board called upon the ICANN community to 
    >create an At-Large membership based on "bottom-up, self-organized, local 
    >Internet community" groups.
    >"The ALSC is pleased the Board committed to a strong role for individual 
    >Internet users in ICANN and acknowledged the merits of our report," said 
    >Carl Bildt, ALSC Chair. "We worked to find a solution that ensures 
    >Internet users have a sustained role in the technical coordination of the 
    >Internet, and are gratified the Board has now recognized the Internet 
    >community's bottom-up organizing activities."
    >In the resolution, the Board stated that it "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 
    >ICANN is in the process of considering wholesale restructuring, and the 
    >resolution instructs the Board Committee on Restructuring to ensure that 
    >their ongoing efforts at crafting a blueprint for ICANN reform include 
    >"workable mechanisms and procedures that enable meaningful opportunities 
    >for participation by the full range of Internet users," and "an 
    >appropriate role for those interests in ICANN's coordinating and 
    >management structures."
    >In its annual meeting in November, 2001, the Board formally accepted the 
    >ALSC's final report as a basis for discussion and received in Accra the 
    >Committee's "Implementation Report," which provided details on the 
    >processes needed to implement the ALSC's final report. The final report 
    >proposes a regionally based global framework for all interested 
    >individuals' structured participation in ICANN, focuses At-Large 
    >membership (an electorate) on an identifiable and vested community, 
    >provides a reasonable, initial mechanism for registration and 
    >self-funding, and grants At-Large members a proportionate responsibility 
    >for selecting ICANN's Board.  While the Board, today, made clear that 
    >there would be no direct elections to fill At-Large Board seats at this 
    >time, it left open the possibility of future At-Large elections.
    >"We are still moving forward from where we were, although we have not yet 
    >reached our goal of regularly elected At-Large directors," said Esther 
    >Dyson, an ALSC member and former chairman of ICANN. "Now the At-Large 
    >Membership has the challenge ­ and responsibility ­ of meeting the Board's 
    >call for informed, active participation… which we hope will lead to 
    >issue-oriented, transparent elections."
    >The ALSC's reports are available on the Internet (at www.atlargestudy.org) 
    >and the Board's resolution is available at www.icann.org.
    >The ALSC is an independent Committee created by ICANN earlier this year to 
    >provide recommendations to ICANN's Board on how to structure the diverse 
    >global Internet community's participation within ICANN. The ALSC is 
    >conducting an aggressive outreach, discussion, research, and 
    >consensus-building campaign that will culminate with the submission of a 
    >final report to the Board in November. In addition to Carl Bildt, the ALSC 
    >includes Charles Costello, Pierre Dandjinou, Esther Dyson, Olivier Iteanu, 
    >Ching-Yi Liu, Thomas Niles, Oscar Robles, and Pindar Wong. Biographies of 
    >these individuals, and Information on the ALSC, can be found at 
    >ICANN is a technical coordination body for the Internet. Created in 
    >October 1998 by a broad coalition of the Internet's business, technical, 
    >academic, and user communities, ICANN is assuming responsibility for a set 
    >of technical functions previously performed under U.S. government contract 
    >by IANA and other groups. Specifically, ICANN coordinates the assignment 
    >of identifiers that must be globally unique for the Internet to function: 
    >Internet domain names, IP address numbers, and protocol parameter and port 
    >numbers. In addition, ICANN coordinates the stable operation of the 
    >Internet's root server system. As a non-profit, private-sector 
    >corporation, ICANN is dedicated to preserving the operational stability of 
    >the Internet; to promoting competition; to achieving broad representation 
    >of global Internet communities; and to developing policy through 
    >private-sector, bottom-up, consensus-based means. ICANN welcomes the 
    >participation of any interested Internet user, business, or organization.
    >Denise Michel
    >+1 310 823 9358
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