During the ICANN50 Public forum on 26th June 2014, I made an appeal for At-large to get a fair representation at the ICANN board level. Here is the transcript, that due to my Kenyan english, I’m sure the transcribers could not get correctly 🙂
“Mwendwa Kivuva, Internet Society Kenya Chapter and AFRALO. I respresent myself, and I will speak in Kenyan English.
I am happy to say this ICANN has celebrated the individual internet user, where most of us belong. Atlarge.
At ATLAS2 showcase, The ICANN president Fadi Chahade said, “It’s time to put the user at the front of the family.”
Steve Crocker the Chair said, “ICANN should all be about Atlarge”. End quote
From this, we see that The end user should be considered an essential component of ICANN’s multistakeholder model.
This seems to contradict the constitution of the ICANN board where Atlarge has only one board position while the other groups like ccNSO, and GNSO, each have 2 positions.
The urgument advanced is that board members don’t represent the interests of their community but represent the interests of ICANN. But I differ, that is not true since board members have the DNA of the constituency that nominated them.
Board members should represent public interest, and it’s in public interest for Atlarge to get an extra seat at the board.
Here is the Public forum transcript: https://london50.icann.org/en/schedule/wed-afralo/transcript-afralo-25jun14-en.pdf
Audio transcript: http://audio.icann.org/
As ISOC Kenya ALS, we managed to set 3 remote hubs for our members to participate in the ICANN50 public meeting.