The NGO and Academic ICANN Study (NAIS) has released its report on reforming
ICANN to make it more responsive to the public interest, entitled, "ICANN,
Legitimacy, and the Public Voice: How to Make Global Participation and
Representation Work." The report is available in PDF at:
An Executive Summary of the report is also available, in both PDF and HTML
forms. Translations of the Executive Summary (Spanish, French, and Chinese)
are currently in production.
In brief, the NAIS report calls on ICANN to commit itself to including the
public voice in three major areas:
* ICANN should maintain a broad, open At-Large Membership, accessible to any
Internet user with an interest in ICANN's activities.
* The At-Large Membership must be provided with strong participatory
mechanisms, to enable Members to have a persistent and continuing role in
the dialogue and debate that are part of the ICANN policy process.
* The Membership must also be strongly represented at the Board level
through the direct election of a number of At-Large Directors equal to the
aggregate number of Directors selected by the Supporting
The report discusses these principles in detail, and sets out a framework by
which ICANN can fulfill them completely.
We look forward to the community's responses to this report. Please feel
free to contact me, Clement Dzidonu or any member of the NAIS team with any
questions or comments.