[CCWG-ACCT] A way to avoid the 'The Single Member Can Do Anything!' problem

Seun Ojedeji seun.ojedeji at gmail.com
Wed Sep 30 17:25:01 UTC 2015

Thanks for this, and just for record, the list below is what I can
naturally add my +1 to in its entirety. Every points are critical and the
last is even more critical than any other one.


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Kindly excuse brevity and typos.
On 30 Sep 2015 18:15, "Drazek, Keith" <kdrazek at verisign.com> wrote:

> Thanks Nigel.
> In no particular  order, my interpretation of the Board's written
> comments, what we heard in Los Angeles and from Fadi yesterday is:
> -- Introducing a different governance structure, i.e. membership, is new,
> untested, and cannot be proven to resist capture in the limited time
> available to meet the September 2016 date.
> -- Shifting authority from the Board to an untested membership body is
> potentially destabilizing and will be difficult or impossible to sell as
> not introducing risk at a delicate time.
> -- If we're going to shift authority, we must also shift a commensurate
> level of accountability, and the current SOs and ACs do not have sufficient
> accountability at this time.
> -- ICANN and its SOs/ACs need to be safe from capture from outside and
> from within; empowering the SOs and ACs without clear safeguards is
> problematic.
> -- Concentrating power in a new "sole membership" body is not balanced if
> it doesn't include all community members, and two groups (SSAC and RSSAC)
> have said they want to remain advisory.
> -- Shifting from consensus-based decision-making to reliance on a voting
> structure is not consistent with the multi-stakeholder model.
> -- The CCWG recommendation is too complex and difficult to
> explain/understand, so we need to make smaller, incremental changes that
> are more easily implemented and understood.
> -- A recommendation requiring a substantial governance restructuring will
> suggest that ICANN is currently broken -- a politically risky message going
> into the transition.
> I'm obviously not in a position to speak for the Board, but that's my
> non-legalistic reading of the concerns.  I'd be happy to be corrected if my
> interpretation is off-base.
> That was a reply to your question (a).  I can't respond to question (b).
> Regards,
> Keith
> -----Original Message-----
> From: accountability-cross-community-bounces at icann.org [mailto:
> accountability-cross-community-bounces at icann.org] On Behalf Of Nigel
> Roberts
> Sent: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 12:46 PM
> To: accountability-cross-community at icann.org
> Subject: Re: [CCWG-ACCT] A way to avoid the 'The Single Member Can Do
> Anything!' problem
> Let's be Frank, here.
> I'm not entirely unreceptive to the view expressed to me by at least one
> Board member regarding the idea of a quick win.
> HOWEVER, despite the fairly emphatic nature of the Board's objection to
> membership model, I do not believe I have read or heard any rationale or
> reasons for their, apparently unanimous, position.
> Personally I have serious doubts about the Single Member model, although,
> probably, they are not the same doubts as the Board's.
> But that is the outcome of this WG, and it should not tear up months of
> work without a rationale. This is simply the IFWP and history repeating
> itself, otherwise.
> Apparently there is some legal difference of opinion between Sidleys and
> Jones Day on the technicalities. But I do not beleive that can be the only
> reason.
> So, can someone please explain, in simply, preferable non legalistic terms
> why
> (a) the CCWG proposal is unsuitable
> (b) the Board's proposal is more suitable.
> > That said, I'm not confident this would resolve the Board's concerns
> with membership, so we will need to consider all options available to
> deliver community empowerment, including variations of the sole designator
> implementation.
> >
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