A few days ago we described the discrimination and barriers ICANN’s Board and staff have unjustly placed on civil society representation in ICANN. In a comment on our blog, ICANN’s Director of Public Participation, Kieren McCarthy, made an attempt to be constructive. After implying that hundreds of thousands of people should be actively involved in the GNSO, he stated, “Now if you want my help in getting those people in, just ask – that's my job after all. But I've never been asked by anyone in ICANN …to help them go get more people. I'd be happy to do so.”
OK, Kieren, consider yourself asked! As a supporter of civil society in ICANN, IGP welcomes your initiative. Here is a link to the eligibility requirements for the noncommercial constituency membership. Refer to Article III Sections A and B (sorry, no ICANN employees – obvious conflict of interest). And here is the link to the NCUC application form.
In your honor, we will be highlighting your membership drive, devoting a special segment of our website to keeping track of the hordes of eager participants you will bring in. For every eligible NCUC member you bring, we’ll ratchet up the tracker. Soon the whole world will witness your success…. When you break 50,000, you get an honorary IGP baseball cap.
Keep in mind that you have some tough competition. Current NCUC officers have increased NCUC membership from about 40 a year ago to something more than 100 today. (This includes both individuals and organizations with hundreds and sometimes hundreds of thousands of members.) But we’re assuming that you can tap into many new networks. Go get ‘em, Kieren!