[bc-gnso] Anzaja: resignation

Liz Williams lizawilliams at mac.com
Fri Feb 5 17:52:02 UTC 2010


So kind of you to post such a nice message.  I'm not concerned with  
unappreciated contributions as that is the risk one takes.  The issues  
are much broader and much more important.

We have had an opportunity to open up our membership and our thinking  
and that hasn't worked.  We haven't met our (new!) charter obligations  
and we ought to be thinking beyond being proxy to interests which are  
represented elsewhere.  Legitimate, creative and innovative businesses  
interested in expanding the use of the DNS have no "air" on which to  
survive in the current construction of the group.  That doesn't mean  
that people don't try hard -- it just means the focus and articulation  
is wrong.

Very best wishes.

On 5 Feb 2010, at 17:31, Rick Anderson wrote:

> Liz, I can understand your feelings (being someone who's not yet
> succeeded in a BC election and prone to thinking that it can be a  
> closed
> circle with contributions underappreciated).
> But know that that there are many of us who do value your contribution
> and hope you will reconsider.  We are at an important time in our
> evolution as a constituency/stakeholder group and you are 100% correct
> that opening up is what we must do.
> cheers/Rick
> Rick Anderson
> EVP, InterBorder Holdings Ltd.
> randerson at interborder.ca
> cell: (403) 830-1798
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-bc-gnso at icann.org [mailto:owner-bc-gnso at icann.org] On  
> Behalf
> Of Liz Williams
> Sent: Friday, February 05, 2010 9:48 AM
> To: Michael D. Palage
> Cc: 'bc - GNSO list'
> Subject: Re: [bc-gnso] Anzaja: resignation
> Thanks very much Michael
> However, I didn't make the decision lightly.  My views were well known
> within the membership circle and I did what I said I was going to do.
> The BC is closing down not opening up and it certainly isn't opening
> up to new voices from different places who care about wider business
> issues -- my consulting interest is a minor part of my broader
> business life.  ICANN will have to deal with that at an organisational
> level.
> Best wishes and, yes, always mutual respect even if there are
> differing views.
> Liz
> On 5 Feb 2010, at 15:58, Michael D. Palage wrote:
>> Liz,
>> If there is one thing I have learned in 11 years of ICANN battles,
>> is that
>> it is best to sometimes take 24 hours before sending certain emails.
>> Over
>> the better part of those 11 years we have sometimes been on the same
>> side of
>> an issue or the opposite side of an issue, regardless I think there
>> has
>> always been a mutual respect.
>> I understand and appreciate your concerns but resigning does not
>> seem to be
>> part of the solution, but appears to add to the problem a lack of geo
>> graphic diversity within the BC. As a sort of nomad of the GNSO,
>> actively
>> participating in various constituencies, may I recommend maintaining
>> your
>> membership in the BC and look to get involved in other
>> constituencies. By
>> the way, the Registry Constituency just approved the process for
>> observer
>> members to join. Based on your work with CORE this would seem to be a
>> natural fit with some of the new gTLD would are likely to be doing.
>> As a
>> consultant much like yourself, I find the different viewpoints voiced
>> /advocated within different constituencies constructive.
>> As a long time member of the BC, I have seen an ebb and flow in the
>> dynamics
>> and its make-up. Play the long game, stay engaged and things will
>> change
>> they always do.
>> Just my two cents.
>> Best regards,
>> Michael
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: owner-bc-gnso at icann.org [mailto:owner-bc-gnso at icann.org] On
>> Behalf Of
>> Liz Williams
>> Sent: Friday, February 05, 2010 10:14 AM
>> To: bc - GNSO list
>> Subject: [bc-gnso] Anzaja: resignation
>> Dear colleagues
>> There is little point in being part of an organisation so dominated  
>> by
>> US based interests.  There is nought to congratulate ourselves about
>> being so clearly dominated by one particular group when there are  
>> such
>> broader issues at stake.  We have failed substantially to meet our
>> charter obligations and the new executive committee will have a large
>> task on its hands to ensure a fresh and innovative approach to
>> representing business interests across the board.
>> I have asked Gary to remove me from BC membership with immediate
>> effect.
>> Liz
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