Chairman of ALAC on the difficulty of getting any feedback from the ICANN Board (apparently even notice of receipt is difficult to get)
�I HOPE THAT WE DON�T HAVE TO GO TO THE OMBUDSMAN TO GET INFORMATION ABOUT HOW THE BOARD IS CONSIDERING WHAT WE SAY.�
And this is the response from the ICANN chair -
Vint Cerf gave a very enlightening answer: �...AS I HAVE LISTENED TO MANY OF THE EXCHANGES THIS WEEK, I HAVE CONCLUDED THAT WHAT HAPPENS IS THAT WE SOMETIMES DON�T UNDERSTAND THAT A PARTY WHO HAS SAID SOMETHING IS ALSO LOOKING SPECIFICALLY FOR A REPLY�
THIS IS NOT TO EXCUSE ANYTHING, BUT WHEN WE � IF WHEN YOU ARE COMMUNICATING SOMETHING SPECIFICALLY TO THE BOARD AND AN EXPLICIT RESPONSE IS EXPECTED, PROBABLY IT WOULDN�T HURT TO SAY THAT, JUST TO UNDERSCORE THE POINT.�
So - basically, when you send comments to the Board, make sure that the document ends with:
"looking forward to your prompt response"
Otherwise they won't realise that they need to respond!
What a place!!