No wonder Russia wants an alternate root. The two new board members are both Americans, Sarah Deutsch & Avri Doria. Almost all the board is from the U.S. and close allies; only about 4 of the 18 board members are from countries on the other side of the North/South divide in Internet policy. I know many of the board members. They are all basically honorable but generally share a strong opinion on North-South issues.
China is 1/3rd of the Internet but has no representation on the board. The same for Russia. That's been true for at least 10 years. Avri's a friend and I respect Deutsch, but ICANN continues to exclude over half the Internet users. (Picture is Fadi on the right and me on the left. Thanks, Joly.)
In particular, CEO Fadi Chehadé in 2014 promised "a seat at the table" to Chinese Premier Li.Add a comment