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[FYI] (Fwd) [members-announce] ICANN At Large Membership Study Commi

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Date sent:      	Wed, 28 Feb 2001 12:43:49 -0800
From:           	members-announce@icann.org
To:             	"At-Large Members" <members-announce@icann.org>
Subject:        	[members-announce] ICANN At Large Membership Study Committee

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* Share your views with the At Large Membership Study Committee - come
to the Committee's first meeting in Melbourne on March 9, or send your
ideas to <mailto:comments@atlargestudy.org>.  Sign-up to receive
future Committee announcements at <http://www.atlargestudy.org> -- OR
-- by sending an email containing your name and email address to
<mailto:announce@atlargestudy.org>.  * * * * * * * * * * * * * ** * *
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You are receiving this message because you signed up for the ICANN At
Large Membership Program last year. As was noted in ICANN's last email
to you (October 11, 2000), an At Large Membership Study Committee has
been formed to undertake a comprehensive study of the concept,
structure and processes relating to an ICANN At Large membership.  On
behalf of the Committee, we are asking for your input to help us
achieve a broad consensus on an appropriate and effective means by
which Internet stakeholders worldwide may participate in ICANN's
activities and decisions.  This includes both how they can give input
to ICANN (directly or through representatives), and how that input
should affect ICANN's overall decision-making processes.  

**In order to receive future announcements about the Committee's
efforts, you must "opt-in" by subscribing to the Committee's email
list.  You can do this by signing up on our website at
<http://www.atlargestudy.org> -- OR -- by sending an email containing
your name and email address to <mailto:announce@atlargestudy.org>.** 
(Do not reply to this message.)

As you know, five of the current At-Large Directors were selected
according to a vote of Internet users held last year.  The vote was
part of a compromise interim solution adopted by ICANN's Board, which
included the direct selection of five ICANN directors by a
self-selected At Large constituency, and a comprehensive study of how
to appropriately provide for input and influence into ICANN policy
deliberations and actions by the general Internet community.  (For
additional information see
<http://www.icann.org/committees/at-large/study-comments.htm> and
 The Committee plans to submit final recommendations to ICANN's Board
in November of this year.

We want to hear your views on At Large membership and how we should
tackle this challenge.  In addition to joining the email list, you
also are invited to participate in what will be the first of several
public meetings the Committee will hold throughout the world:  

             At Large Study Committee Public Meeting
                      Melbourne, Australia
                  Friday, March 9, 12:30 - 4:30
        Melbourne Convention Centre <http://www.mecc.com.au>

On our website <http://www.atlargestudy.org> you will find additional
information about this meeting and the Committee's efforts, as well as
related At Large activities.  A discussion forum will be added to our
website soon to provide you with another avenue for sharing your
views. We would like to hear from you right away on what issues should
be addressed in the At Large Study.  For example, it has been
suggested that we consider the following:

  -  What are the benefits and goals of At Large involvement?
  -  To what degree should the general Internet community be involved 
     in ICANN?
  -  How should "At Large Member" be defined?
  -  Should there be membership requirements, and if so what should 
     they be?
  -  What processes and structures should be established within ICANN 
     for At Large Member involvement?

Please share your ideas by sending an email to
<mailto:comments@atlargestudy.org> or by attending our first public
meeting in Melbourne on March 9.  

Our website <http://www.atlargestudy.org> has been created to keep you
apprised of, and involved in, our work.  Please add your name to our
email list, participate in our discussion forum, and visit often for
information on the At Large Study and related efforts.

We look forward to hearing from you, and to working with you.  


Carl Bildt, Chair, 
Pindar Wong and Chuck Costello, Vice-Chairs
At Large Membership Study Committee

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