[discuss] [IANAxfer] [ccnso-igrg] Two accountability questions - help pls- Workshop 23 - ICANN accountability

Barry Shein bzs at world.std.com
Thu Sep 11 17:32:31 UTC 2014

I don't understand why something like an "independent judiciary"
couldn't operate within ICANN via some by-laws changes giving them
certain powers vis a vis the board of directors.

For example, there's no particular reason why they couldn't have the
power to contract out the IANA function if they felt ICANN wasn't

I suppose an obvious objection would be potential conflicts of
interest but some of that could be mitigated. For example a by-laws
change could guarantee and give them power over their own budget
within some guidelines.

The question would be: By what process would members of this
"judiciary" be chosen?

My tendency would be to put that power with the other major I*
organizations, similar to the selection of the IETF, ASO/AC, etc,
board seats. ICANN per se would get one seat.

I'd envision such a group as being small.

Their job would be primarily to review decisions of the BoD. Perhaps 5
or so probably driven by the number of I* orgs which need to be
represented. They each could also provide much of the funding for
their seat to help mitigate that potential CoI.

        -Barry Shein

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