Tuesday, January 25, 2005

RSSAC Review: Where is it?

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ICANN bylaws require a periodic review of ICANN structures and operations by an entity or entities independent of the organization under review. Per the bylaws, the first of such reviews, to be initiated no later than 15 December 2003 and to be completed in time for Board consideration at ICANN's annual meeting in 2004, shall be of the GNSO Council and the ICANN Root Server System Advisory Committee -- So where is the RSSAC Independent Review?

We all know that the Patrick Sharry independent review of the GNSO Council was a last minute rush job started just a few weeks before the Cape Town meeting. In all probability, the oh-so-diligent ICANN Staff haven't even located an independent party to conduct this review. On the other hand, perhaps a Review isn't really needed as the last meeting of the RSSAC (according to their website) was apparently held on 24 March 2003. How exactly does one review a committee that doesn't meet for almost two years? Let's just hope that their website is simply woefully out of date, and that they actually do convene at IETF sessions.

Whatever the case, the RSSAC Review has not been released. Perhaps this "inaction by one or more members of ICANN staff" will form the basis of the first complaint sent to ICANN's new Ombudsman.


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