Public Comment

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Call for Community Comment on the Proposed Process for the 2010 Selection of an ICANN At-Large Board Member

Open: 5 February 2010
Closed: 6 March 2010

Explanation/Background: On 27 August 2009, the ICANN Board of Directors passed a resolution approving in principle the implementation of the Board Review WG recommendation “to add one voting director appointed from the At-Large Community to the ICANN Board of Directors, and removing the present ALAC Liaison to the Board (…).”

In preparation for this new appointment, the ALAC, in consultation with the At-Large Community, has prepared a White Paper [PDF, 240K] entitled “Call for Community Comment on the Proposed Process for the 2010 Selection of an ICANN At-Large Board Member”. Included in this document is a review of community discussions to date, inclusive of debate points and rationale for any recommendations made, a draft process timeline, specific issues and recommendations for community review and feedback.

This White Paper has already been subject to At-Large Community review beginning 11 January 2010.

On 26 January 2010, the Board Review WG released its final report [PDF, 116K]. Regarding the issue of the voting director to be appointed by the At-Large Community, the report stipulates in part:

  • The acknowledgement that the Board already approved in principle its recommendation for one At-Large voting Director replacing the ALAC Liaison
  • The conclusion that ALAC and At-Large should develop a mechanism for the selection of their voting Board Director. “The selection process must ensure that the appointment has the approval of ALAC and the approval of the At-Large Community more broadly.”

All members of the ICANN community and the public are invited to review the ALAC and At-Large Community White Paper on the Proposed Process for the 2010 Selection of an ICANN Board Member and share comments through 6 March 2010.

Please note that this public consultation is organized pending any Board decision on the formalization of the in-principle decision adopted in August 2009 on the possibility for the ALAC/At-Large Community to select a voting Board Director in replacement of the present non-voting ALAC Liaison to the Board.

Relevant Board Resolution

Staff Responsible: Heidi Ullrich

Deadline and How to Submit Comments:

The Staff is opening a 30-day public consultation forum, from 5 February 2010 through 6 March 2010, and invites community comments on this matter.

To submit comments: Comments on the document are welcome via email at ( This public forum will be open through 6 March 2010.

To view comments: An archive of all comments received will be publicly posted at (

For a copy of the public announcement of this forum please see:

Staff member responsible: Heidi Ullrich

Announcement | Comments | Summary/analysis of comments