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Q8: ISOC Board

Do you think the current model of electing the BoT needs to be changed? Today individual members do not elect trustees, and org members elect half of the Board, while contributing only with 1/4 of the budget. Are all stakeholders equally represented on the BoT, or there’s a need of restructuring, based on contribution from different constituencies?

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3 Responses to “Q8: ISOC Board”

  1. Comment by: Franck   
    March 26th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    The board composition is based on who brings the money.

    It is not based and who does the work, nor who has the most impact.

    The current composition is:
    3 from IETF
    6 from organisation members
    3 from chapters

    The 3 from IETF are mainly affiliated with organisations which are members. Rare are the ones that are affiliated to a Chapter. This provides a great imbalance

    For the Chapters, with 3 years term, and 2 term max, if we consider terms get more or less renewed, it may happen a 3 years period where no new trustees from chapters are elected.

    This is not the case with organisations as at nearly every election, 2 trustees are elected with one that cannot be renewed due to term limits.

    How to solve this issue? there is a potential to add up to 3 extra trustees, one for each 500 paying members. It seems ISOC does not have 500 paying individual members (sic). Most of these individual members trustees could come from chapters, bringing a better balance in the stakeholders.

    This should be solved by the implementation of the membership system and accurate membership management from ISOC. Many people have complained they do not receive their renewal invoice.

    Ideally, there should not be 2 classes of individual members, the rich ones and the other. Voting should be given to ALL individual members.

    This has some logistic implications, and especially in Identity, but ISOC having as strategic initiative “Trust and Identity” should be able to offer solution(s) to the problem and allow all members to participate in the elections.

  2. Comment by: Guanghao Li   
    April 6th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    When we say only 1/4 of the budget comes from organization members, we need to look closer where other parts come from. Actually, the dominant contribution is from PIR contribution. Are we suggesting let the PIR board more presented on the ISOC board? I guess not. And even with 1/4 of the contribution to the budget, organizational member’s contribution is still the largest for ISOC’s members and chapters (chapters don’t have to contribute). Thus, I think the question was phrased with a false statement.
    However, I will not say all stakeholders are sufficiently presented. Interested individuals are more likely go through their local chapter nowadays, and creating something like the At-large structure of ICANN is not necessary for ISOC at the current stage. My opinion is to remain the way as is and when the time comes that need to be changed, a better way will come naturally.

  3. Comment by: Khaled Koubaa   
    April 13th, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    No stakeholders are not equally represented on the BoT. Big part of ISOC budget come from the PIR contribution ( 90% ). What is PIR ? It is the .ORG registry. Who are the customers of PIR ? Organizations and NGOs. NGOs are our chapters, are our members leading local or regional organizations, the civil society in general. The only constituency that represent the civil society in ISOC is its chapters.
    As I proposed in my previous comment, we can add 2 seats for chapters by creating a regional election system that will help have the best regional and geographic balance.

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