2015-09-18

Accountable ICANN and Carnegie Hall Require Active Board Oversight


"... ICANN may need Board reform—that should have been priority #1. Almost every failing of ICANN can ultimately be attributed to a Board of Directors that was not activist, failed to question, failed to challenge stakeholders, management, staff or GAC advice, failed to be vigilant, pro-active. Therefore, review and improve processes for selecting members of the ICANN Board of Directors, which will lead to independent, activist, vigilant ICANN directors, reflective of the diversity of the global multi-stakeholder community, who will question, investigate, and push back (when necessary or appropriate) against policies advanced by self-interested ICANN stakeholders which are to the detriment of the global public interest or the global multi-stakeholder community; directors who will question and hold accountable ICANN officers, ICANN staff, GAC advice, and all ICANN stakeholders, including policy-making proposals, inquiring as to whether ICANN policies and principles have been followed ...."--John Poole, Editor, Domain Mondo; see ICANN CCWG-Accountability Co-Chair Comments on the Public Comments

The CCWG-Accountability and ICG--meaning the Enhancing ICANN Accountability and IANA Transition on-going processes--could learn a lot from looking at what's happening at Carnegie Hall in New York City:

Discord Breaks Out at Carnegie Hall - WSJ: "...“These matters implicate Carnegie Hall’s obligations as a nonprofit organization and as a public trust,” according to Mr. Perelman’s letter. Such lack of transparency, he said in the letter, fails to meet the standards of the New York State Nonprofit Revitalization Act, which mandates that board members take an active oversight role over staff action and, he wrote, “imposes greater restrictions and approvals in connection with related-party transactions.” ..." (emphasis and link added; read more at the link above)




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