Thursday, February 17, 2005

Voting Rights for Governments on ICANN Board?

The Australian Government has submitted a comment to the Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) that asks the question, "- should the GAC member of the ICANN Board assume voting rights on the Board in post-2006 governance arrangements?"

note: I would like to pose a similar question -- "When will the At-Large have representation on the ICANN Board?"

Other Australian Government recommendations:

As a part of its ongoing development, Australia believes that ICANN needs to:
· Continue to evolve into an effective and internationally accountable organisation with a mandate for the stable and secure operation of the unique identifiers of the Internet.
· Continue to develop arrangements for its operation and management beyond the expiry in 2006 of the MOU with the US Department of Commerce.
· Continue the internationalisation of ICANN processes.
The Government Advisory Committee (GAC) also needs to:
· Become more effective in addressing the public policy issues related to the Internet’s system of unique identifiers.
· Continue to pursue active participation from as broad a spectrum of international governmental community as possible.


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