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N. America and Europe elect ICANN critics to At-Large board seats

By KindBud in Internet
Thu Oct 12, 2000 at 06:32:16 PM EST
Tags: Politics (all tags)

ICANN posted the election results for the five At-Large board members Wednesday night. N. America elected Karl Auerbach, outspoken critic of ICANN, and Europe elected Andy Mueller-Maguhn, hacker, and spokesman for the Chaos Computer Club of Germany.

This is a terrifically optimistic outcome. Auerbach won by a 25% margin over the nearest competing candidate, Lawrence Lessig, who is also an ICANN critic. Together, Auerbach and Lessig captured 50% of the vote points. Barbara Simons, another ICANN critic, did nearly as well as Lessig. The remaining N. American candidates, all board-endorsed, turned in a poor showing. In Europe, Mueller-Maguhn won with more than twice the vote points of the nearest competing candidate.

Despite the apparent mandate for ICANN reform, at least from the two regions with the largest Internet useage, Auerbach warned supporters to be cautious. "It's sort of like a river eating away at a granite boulder. People better not expect instantaneous results," Auerbach said in an Associated Press report. Still he considers his election to be a statement of "dissatisfaction with ICANN's processes, procedures and techniques." I'd have to agree with that sentiment - that's why I voted for him as my first preference. Lessig was my second choice.

Mueller-Maguhn, a student at Free University of Berlin, ran on a platform advocating complete transparency in all of ICANN's activities. "In my point of view, ICANN and the architecture of the Internet are a public issue and might have an increasing effect on how society is able to share its know-how and develop accordingly. So the idea must be to make the things at ICANN transparent, and future-compatible," said Mueller-Maguhn in his candidate position statement.

The other three regions, Africa, Asia/Australia/Pacific, and Latiin America/Carribean, elected candiates endorsed by the current ICANN board.

Over 34,000 Internet users participated in the polling. Oddly enough, voter turnout was lowest in N. America. The European election turned out the most voters of any region.


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N. America and Europe elect ICANN critics to At-Large board seats | 4 comments (3 topical, 1 editorial, 0 hidden)
Factual Error (3.66 / 6) (#2)
by Arkady on Thu Oct 12, 2000 at 03:21:35 PM EST

Actually, Lessig is Board-nominated. Tiller was the other @Large candidate. (Trust me on this, I was the moderator at the @Large panel discussion at the Stanford Law School last week ... ;-).

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Re: Factual Error (3.66 / 3) (#3)
by KindBud on Thu Oct 12, 2000 at 04:30:46 PM EST

You're right, though I didn't say Lessig wasn't board-endorsed, I did say that Tiller was. Not sure how to correct my post before (if) it goes to its section.

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Some observations (none / 0) (#4)
by Potsy on Sat Oct 14, 2000 at 01:01:23 AM EST

I voted in the elections, and although I like Lessig, I ranked him fourth on my list of preferences, simply because he was one of the board-nominated candidates. I made it a point to rank the member-nominated candidates at the top, just because I didn't like the ICANN's policy of stacking the nominations with 4 of their own, and only 3 member picks. With the exception of Lessig high placement, that's how most other members voted as well.

I'm very happy that Auerbach won, because even if he does not do anything to change the ICANN's policies right away, he will be able to immediately affect how "open" the organization is. Whatever the board is up to, you can be sure he will keep us informed, whether they like it or not. (At least until they find some reason to kick him out.)

Also interesting is the fact that Emerson Tiller, a corporate lackey and all-around pro-big-business jackass, came in dead last, just like he deserved to.

The only thing that bothers me is how low the North American voter turnout was. What is the problem, folks? Is it just in the American gene pool that we don't vote? Is it something in the water? Especially considering that these people took the trouble to register and get a PIN in the mail, why on Earth didn't they vote? I know there were problems with the voting system, but with a little patience, you could eventually get through. So, what's the deal?

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