Thursday, January 27, 2005

Democratic Initiative at NANOG

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Participants on the mailing list of the North American Network Operators' Group (NANOG) have launched a democratic reform initiative. They propose to turn NANOG into a membership organization, with a membership consisting of all people who have attended at least one NANOG meeting in the last year. They propose a seven-member Board elected by the membership, with one vote per member. The upcoming Sunday meeting in Las Vegas that will consider this proposal will be web cast and a one-way conference bridge will be in operation. There will be an IRC channel with note takers for possible Q&A participation.

Contrast this reform initiative with ICANN's reform -- the NANOG reform offers membership and representation; the ICANN "reform" continued to deny membership to ICANN participants and eliminated elected representation for the contributors to the DNSO General Assembly mailing list while eliminating all elected representation for the at-large on the ICANN Board.

It's time for a more democratic ICANN.

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