By-Laws Review 2011 and 2012

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The Internet Society is revising its by-laws to provide a comprehensive update and to ensure compliance with applicable laws and statutes.

Phase one of the by-laws review was to make changes demanded by the laws of the location of the Society's incorporation. The Amended and Restated By-Laws accepted by the Board of Trustees at their meeting on 31 July 2011 represents the results of the first phase of this effort.

Phase two of the by-laws review centers on updates to the Membership sections and the recognition of the role of Chapters. To assist in the further discussion of the suggested changes, you can find the relevant materials on this page. These documents include a revised draft of the By-Laws, a redline comparison of the current By-Laws and proposed By-Laws, a FAQ, and a copy of the explanatory letter sent to the community.

We really value your input and would like to hear from you. The process we indend to follow is on the following time line.

In addition, please send your written comments and participate in community discussions on the revisions. The lists are at:

Individual Members: https://elists.isoc.org/mailman/listinfo/individual-members-by-laws-discussions
Organizational Members: https://elists.isoc.org/mailman/listinfo/organization-members-by-laws-discussions
Chapters: https://elists.isoc.org/mailman/listinfo/chapter-members-by-laws-discussions

Please send comments on other membership topics to other-topics@isoc.org. The archive for the comments are at https://elists.isoc.org/mailman/private/other-membership-topics/.

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 Amended and Restated By-Laws accepted 7-31-2011.pdf
Amended By-Laws as of July 31, 2011
112.04 kB12:52, 19 Sep 2011Kapfer@isoc.orgActions
 BoT Bylaws Presentation 20120402.pdf
By-Laws presentation for Webinars
87.93 kB21:39, 16 Apr 2012Eburger@standardstrack.comActions
 ISOC annotated bylaws phase 2 - 20120826.pdf
Annotated By-Laws (sent via email 7 September 2012)
508.38 kB10:28, 21 Oct 2012Eburger@standardstrack.comActions
 ISOCbylawsdraft-20120320.pdf
Proposed Discussion Draft of ISOC By-Laws - March 20 2012
362.27 kB23:11, 21 Mar 2012Kapfer@isoc.orgActions
 Redline from Revised By-Laws.pdf
Redline comparison between July 2011 By-Laws and Proposed Discussion Draft of March 2012
185.92 kB22:54, 26 Mar 2012Eburger@standardstrack.comActions
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The following comments were posted to the Bylaws List on 13 September.



Begin forwarded message:
From: CW Mail <mail@christopherwilkinson.eu>
Date: Thu 13 Sep 2012 18:29:44 GMT+02:00
To: <bylaws@isoc.org>
Cc: Eric Burger <eburger@standardstrack.com>, Ted Mooney <mooney@isoc.org>, EVA FROELICH <eva@frobbit.se>, NARELLE CLARK <President@isoc-au.org.au>
Subject: Proposed Bylaw Revision

Dear Eric Burger:

Thankyou. I appreciate the enormous amount of work that the Bylaws Committee has recently undertaken and trust that the new Board of Trustees will be able to draw this excercise to a successful conclusion in the foreseeable future. I would however invite the Committee and the Board to 'go the extra mile' to accommodate the practical consequences of the avowed objective of enhancing the participation and the interests of the Chapters in the Internet Society as a whole.

1.In Article IV the Chapters are still not recognised as Members, on a par with Organisational Members. For some of us this is a line in the sand. We cannot continue to try and mobilise our members if our Chapters are still treated in the formal texts as second class citizens.

2.As I have pointed out on several previous occasions, the number of Trustees elected by the Chapters is not sufficient: a minimum of 5 seats would be necessary with a guarantee of geographical diversity.

Also I have come to understand throughout this process, during the past two years, that the Board does not yet understand that the primary role of many Chapters locally and in other contexts (e.g. ICANN At Large) is as participants in Civil Society. From that point of view a 50:50 representation on the Board of Chapters on the one hand and the industry on the other hand would be more appropriate - and would I believe be applauded internationally.

3.I appreciate that the functions of Chapters are now expressed in facultative and illustrative manner. That is an improvement.

Also, personally, I accept the need for 'standards of performance', provided that they are negotiated in concert with the Chapters themselves. That will be something for the Board to address in due course in the context of the proposed exchange of Letters of Affiliation. Meanwhile, it would be appreciated if the staff would refrain from prescriptive statements about performance criteria.

4.There is still no provision for a 'special meeting' (aka Advisory Committee) for Chapter members, on a par with Organisational members.

5.There is still no overarching statement (preferably in Article 1) as to the objectives of the ISOC Association. This would be useful, particularly if it clearly specified the civil society dimension of the work of the Internet Society.

Regards

Christopher Wilkinson


On 31 Aug 2012, at 15:34, ISOC Bylaws wrote:
Posted 07:41, 15 Sep 2012
The following comments were posted to the Bylaws List on 13 September.



Begin forwarded message:
From: CW Mail <mail@christopherwilkinson.eu>
Date: Thu 13 Sep 2012 18:29:44 GMT+02:00
To: <bylaws@isoc.org>
Cc: Eric Burger <eburger@standardstrack.com>, Ted Mooney <mooney@isoc.org>, EVA FROELICH <eva@frobbit.se>, NARELLE CLARK <President@isoc-au.org.au>
Subject: Proposed Bylaw Revision

Dear Eric Burger:

Thankyou. I appreciate the enormous amount of work that the Bylaws Committee has recently undertaken and trust that the new Board of Trustees will be able to draw this excercise to a successful conclusion in the foreseeable future. I would however invite the Committee and the Board to 'go the extra mile' to accommodate the practical consequences of the avowed objective of enhancing the participation and the interests of the Chapters in the Internet Society as a whole.

1.In Article IV the Chapters are still not recognised as Members, on a par with Organisational Members. For some of us this is a line in the sand. We cannot continue to try and mobilise our members if our Chapters are still treated in the formal texts as second class citizens.

2.As I have pointed out on several previous occasions, the number of Trustees elected by the Chapters is not sufficient: a minimum of 5 seats would be necessary with a guarantee of geographical diversity.

Also I have come to understand throughout this process, during the past two years, that the Board does not yet understand that the primary role of many Chapters locally and in other contexts (e.g. ICANN At Large) is as participants in Civil Society. From that point of view a 50:50 representation on the Board of Chapters on the one hand and the industry on the other hand would be more appropriate - and would I believe be applauded internationally.

3.I appreciate that the functions of Chapters are now expressed in facultative and illustrative manner. That is an improvement.

Also, personally, I accept the need for 'standards of performance', provided that they are negotiated in concert with the Chapters themselves. That will be something for the Board to address in due course in the context of the proposed exchange of Letters of Affiliation. Meanwhile, it would be appreciated if the staff would refrain from prescriptive statements about performance criteria.

4.There is still no provision for a 'special meeting' (aka Advisory Committee) for Chapter members, on a par with Organisational members.

5.There is still no overarching statement (preferably in Article 1) as to the objectives of the ISOC Association. This would be useful, particularly if it clearly specified the civil society dimension of the work of the Internet Society.

Regards

Christopher Wilkinson


On 31 Aug 2012, at 15:34, ISOC Bylaws wrote:
Posted 07:41, 15 Sep 2012
The following comments were posted to the Bylaws List on 13 September.



Begin forwarded message:
From: CW Mail <mail@christopherwilkinson.eu>
Date: Thu 13 Sep 2012 18:29:44 GMT+02:00
To: <bylaws@isoc.org>
Cc: Eric Burger <eburger@standardstrack.com>, Ted Mooney <mooney@isoc.org>, EVA FROELICH <eva@frobbit.se>, NARELLE CLARK <President@isoc-au.org.au>
Subject: Proposed Bylaw Revision

Dear Eric Burger:

Thankyou. I appreciate the enormous amount of work that the Bylaws Committee has recently undertaken and trust that the new Board of Trustees will be able to draw this excercise to a successful conclusion in the foreseeable future. I would however invite the Committee and the Board to 'go the extra mile' to accommodate the practical consequences of the avowed objective of enhancing the participation and the interests of the Chapters in the Internet Society as a whole.

1.In Article IV the Chapters are still not recognised as Members, on a par with Organisational Members. For some of us this is a line in the sand. We cannot continue to try and mobilise our members if our Chapters are still treated in the formal texts as second class citizens.

2.As I have pointed out on several previous occasions, the number of Trustees elected by the Chapters is not sufficient: a minimum of 5 seats would be necessary with a guarantee of geographical diversity.

Also I have come to understand throughout this process, during the past two years, that the Board does not yet understand that the primary role of many Chapters locally and in other contexts (e.g. ICANN At Large) is as participants in Civil Society. From that point of view a 50:50 representation on the Board of Chapters on the one hand and the industry on the other hand would be more appropriate - and would I believe be applauded internationally.

3.I appreciate that the functions of Chapters are now expressed in facultative and illustrative manner. That is an improvement.

Also, personally, I accept the need for 'standards of performance', provided that they are negotiated in concert with the Chapters themselves. That will be something for the Board to address in due course in the context of the proposed exchange of Letters of Affiliation. Meanwhile, it would be appreciated if the staff would refrain from prescriptive statements about performance criteria.

4.There is still no provision for a 'special meeting' (aka Advisory Committee) for Chapter members, on a par with Organisational members.

5.There is still no overarching statement (preferably in Article 1) as to the objectives of the ISOC Association. This would be useful, particularly if it clearly specified the civil society dimension of the work of the Internet Society.

Regards

Christopher Wilkinson


On 31 Aug 2012, at 15:34, ISOC Bylaws wrote:
Posted 07:41, 15 Sep 2012
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