ICANN Member Nominations: Running Blind

by Judith Oppenheimer

There are two avenues by which an individual can appear on the ballot for this year's At Large elections.

First, the Nominating Committee announced a set of 18 nominees on August 1.

Second, an individual can win a place on the ballot by attracting the support of 2% of the activated members in his/her region or 20 members, whichever is greater, from at least 2 different countries.

But it is nearly impossible to have an election with a hidden electorate -- especially since California, corporate home of ICANN, says that doing so is wrong.

ICANN is attempting to work around this by not having the election mechanism in an article or by-law provision but rather by having it as a board resolution.

One of the rights accorded by the State of California is the right to get the membership list.

The code section is somewhat long and I'm told it allows ICANN to be informed of what the list will be used for. The corporation is accorded injunctive rights should the list be mis-used. It can even refuse if the purpose is "improper."

But election purposes are sort of the epitome of what is proper.

The membership list is an important element in having a democratic election - it enables candidates to build support and work out issues in quiet, reasoned settings.

Anyone interested in running, or voting, should demand its release. Contact an officer of ICANN and reference the California Corporations Code section 6603.

This article represents the opinion of Judith Oppenheimer. You can find her at her site, ICB Toll Free News. Copyright 2000 ICB, Inc. All rights reserved.

August 7, 2000