ICANN sued for closing its books

by Andy Oram

Related link: http://www.icannwatch.org/article.php?sid=621

In a recent weblog, I compared ICANN's irresponsibility to Enron's. This was no rhetorical exaggeration. Now we see the fruits of its financial and organizational fooling around: a lawsuit from Karl Auerbach, one of the few board members who was elected by popular vote.

At their most recent meeting, ICANN adopted
resolutions that end public voting (the process that allowed Auerbach to get on the board) while affirming that their should be some role for the "At Large community." Clearly that role would not include any kind of oversight or ability to change the board's direction. Not in an organization that won't even allow a member of the board to do his job and check their finances.

Should a board member be allowed to check the books?