[CCWG-ACCT] Staff accountability

Seun Ojedeji seun.ojedeji at gmail.com
Wed Jul 15 22:04:53 UTC 2015


The big question for me is "to what extent can/should the community keep
ICANN staff directly accountable". If the board cannot keep the CEO
accountable and the CEO in turn cannot keep his/her staff accountable, then
i think it is the board that the community should use all its fire-power
against while i expect board to perform its "konfu" on the CEO as well. ;-)

I am not sure taking ICANN staff directly down the legal/IRP path as
suggested will be an healthy thing to do. I think proper means of
channelling grievances between a/some community member and staff needs to
happen through the appropriate organisational hierarchy and the leadership
of the organisation should ensure justice is done...i don't think such
process should be lead by the community.


On Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 6:36 PM, Kieren McCarthy <kieren at kierenmccarthy.com>

> One of the key things that Strickling mentioned in his accountability blog
> post was that this group needed to devise accountability mechanisms for
> ICANN's staff.
> There is a great example this week of how the staff currently lives
> outside any form of effective accountability in the unredacted version of
> the .Africa IRP decision.
> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/07/15/icann_dot_africa_review/
> Not only did ICANN staff - its head of operations, no less - intervene in
> favor of one applicant over another, but when that fact was repeatedly
> referenced in what is supposed to be an independent review report, the
> staff decided they would remove that information before the report was
> published.
> This is a culture of impunity.
> What I would like to see introduced to ICANN is the ability to call for
> hearings/inquiries into issues. Similar to how Congress can hold inquiries
> into something, compel witnesses to appear, compel the release of
> information, fact-find and produce a report.
> Having read all the various legal advice provided by the independent legal
> experts, it strikes me that the ability for the community to establish such
> an inquiry and then compel witnesses and evidence to appear is not
> difficult to set up.
> Kieren
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