[IRP] IRP-DC elections results

Max Senges max
Sat Dec 19 13:41:57 EET 2009

Dear Biel, dear steering committee peers, dear IRPlers

@Biel: thanks for managing the election process. we all know that error is
human and while i would have appreciated to work with Heike in the steering
committee, I am positive that her participation (as well as that of the
other candidates who ran) will be very valuable and valued no matter in
whether they are in the steering committee or not.

@the freshly elected steering committee (SC) coleagues:
(1) CONGRATULATIONS - This is going to be an exciting year and I am very
much looking forward to working with you.

(2) we now have to proceed to elect a chair amongst the 14 SC members. The
charter simply says elect, which in my understanding could be via vote or
consensus. I think it would be ideal to find consensus, but let's open the
floor for nominations and then deliberate.

    I would like to nominate Lisa Horner as IRP Chair. Lisa has been
continuously furthering the development of our coalition and in fact many
times she was the leading force behind organizing and running meetings and
collabowritings. Thanks for all the work you did so far, I hope you accept
the nomination.

Maybe the easiest would be to have a conference call? I would be happy to
meet next tuesday or wednesday? Given that we have two SC members from Asia
I would suggest to stick to the 18.00 CET time, but I am of course flexible.

(3) all steering committee members will have to choose whether you want to
serve one or two years on the steering committee - please announce your
choice on the list. Our charter states: "IRP will elect a steering
committee, at least two of which will serve for one year and at least two of
which will serve for two years. [...] Nominees will select which term length
they prefer.

      I am happy to serve for two years.

(4) I propose that we setup a separate steering committee mailing-list which
all SC members give high priority when dealing with their email. We all know
that email traffic can be overwhelming and to have a method to quickly
discuss and decide on a time-critical matter (e.g. whether or not to endorse
an appeal or other document) would be very helpful.

@all IRPlers: thanks for voting and for your continued interest and
participation in our cause! The number of 44 votes might sound little,
however this is a significant organizational development from the 8 folks
who simply volunteered in the first year of the steering committee's
existence, and the "improvised steering committee" we setup in the wake of
the merger last year.

In closing, I would be very interested to discuss and hear your perception
of the mandate / schedule for the Expert Review & Consolidation of our
"Charter of Human Rights and Principles on the Internet" sent by Meryem and
forwarded by me on Dec. 14th  ("Re: Proposal for IRP Charter Revision")

And of course it would be good to have some more community input for the
Charter itself.

To a good year for Internet Rights and Principles!



"The future is here. It?s just not widely distributed yet."
?William Gibson


Max Senges


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On Sat, Dec 19, 2009 at 5:28 AM, Biel Company Perez <bcompanyp at uoc.edu>wrote:

> Dear IRP-DC members,
> I am pleased to announce that the following candidates have been elected
> for the IRP-DC Steering Committee:
>    - Academy (44 participants):
>       - Carlos Alfonso Pereira de Souza (25 votes)
>       - Rafik Dammak (18 votes)
>       - Robert Bodle (18 votes)
>       - Marianne Franklin (18 votes)
>     - Civil Society (44 participants)
>       - Anja Kovacs (29 votes)
>       - Robert Guerra (21 votes)
>       - Graciela Selaiman (20 votes)
>     - Governmental institutions (38 participants)
>       - Lee Hibbard (28 votes)
>       - Andrea Becalli (22 votes)
>       - Johan Hallenborg (14 votes)
>     - Private Sector (44 participants)
>       - Lisa Horner (37 votes)
>       - Max Senges (32 votes)
>       - Shaila Rao Mistry (16 votes)
>       - Olivier JM Cr?pin-Leblond (16 votes)
> As you see, the election has ended in a tie among several members within
> the academic and private sectors. Although this situation is not regulated
> in the procedures for this electoral process, such regulations do say that
> the Steering Committee may be ?no more than 15? members. A simple criterion
> that is compatible with this limitation and that does not make it necessary
> to organize a second electoral round is to appoint the 3 most voted
> candidates within each stakeholder group, but allowing more than 3
> appointments per stakeholder group if there are several candidates in tie.
> The 14 member Steering Committee above results from applying this criterion.
> As a summarized election report, one problem for which I am entirely
> responsible and sincerely apologize needs to be explained here. One of the
> candidates, Heike Jensen, did not appear on the ballot list during the
> first two days of the voting period. Although she did appear as a
> candidate and her profile and electoral program were available in the Google
> spreadsheet from the opening of the online ballots, her name wasn?t added to
> the ballot?s candidate list until December 4th, as soon as we were
> informed of the error. In order to guarantee that this had not deprived the
> candidate from any votes and that every IRP-DC member wishing to vote for
> her had the possibility to do so, the 23 IRP-DC members who had already
> voted by the time the ballot was amended were sent an email giving them the
> possibility to modify only one of their votes within the academic sector and
> only in favor of Heike Jensen. Two members expressed their wish to modify
> their votes, but neither of them could specify with certainty the candidates
> they had elected, so no vote modifications were finally made. In view of the
> final results within the academic sector, however, such arrangements would
> not have altered the composition of the Steering Committee.
> I would like to give special thanks to Prof. Derrick Cogburn, who provided
> and managed the online voting system and whose contribution was essential
> for sorting out problems as they emerged. Thanks also to Max Senges for his
> support and counsel during the process, and to all of you for your
> participation. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you be interested
> in having any further details of the process.
> Best,
> Biel Company P?rez
> IRPDC Steering Committee elections officer
> Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3)
> Open University of Catalonia, Barcelona.
> Tel.: (+34) 93 673 50 82
> bcompanyp at uoc.edu
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