Formal Objections and Censorship*

A series of formal objections to the constitutional amendment were put forward (original texts below).   The IEEE Hierarchy,  with final decision making attributed to President Barry Shoop,  have sought to restrict these objections in the following ways:

  1. disallowing multiple persons or formal IEEE groups from acting as the person(s) submitting the objection.  This in-spite of the acknowledgement of the endorsement of the amendments by one privileged group, the IEEE Booard.
  2. dis-allowing the use of IEEE titles in objections, even though one objection was submitted by concurance of 4 past IEEE Presidents (again, the “Board” is allowed to use it’s title)
  3. selecting what phrases are considered “overlap”, to avoid duplication of concerns — If the IEEE hierarchy posts the current “rationale” for the changes with the ballot, they will be violating this concept, since there is significant duplication in that rationale.
  4. Precluding the use of URL’s, such as pointing to this web site, in opposition comments.  It is hard to imagine the IEEE hierarchy will not provide a URL to the Board rationale for changes.
*Censorship: “the practice of officially examining books, movies, etc., and suppressing unacceptable parts.”

So members can see the pre-censorship text, persons, titles and IEEE groups submitting the objections, here they are, with the initial proposed constraints:

  1. Statement of 4 past IEEE presidents
  2. Statement of PELS Board
  3. Statement of Signal Processing Society’s Board of Governors
  4. Statement of Tony Ivanov, PhD; 2016 Washington DC Section Chair
  5. Statement of Jim Isaak, past Director and Computer Society President Emeritus

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IEEE members, please vote NO on the proposed IEEE Constitutional Amendment.  IEEE is a volunteer led organization.  One of the proposed changes to the Constitution is to add the Executive Director (ED) to the Board of Directors.  But, this is unnecessary because according to IEEE Bylaw I-306.2, “The IEEE Executive Director shall attend meetings of the Board of Directors and shall be an active participant in their deliberations.”  And since the ED is a paid employee of IEEE, whose total compensation is about US$1 million a year, the proposed change would weaken the statement that IEEE is a volunteer led organization. (ED compensation was US$965,322 per latest publicly available Form 990.)

As the Board sets the ED’s compensation, adding the ED to the Board, even if in a non-voting capacity, diminishes the value of the statement that IEEE is a volunteer-led organization. The change is unnecessary and unwise.

Overlap I —

Other proposed constitutional changes have been described by the proponents as minor; as just enabling changes, but, the changes they would enable have not been specified.

Overlap II –

The “problems” described by the proponents, even if real, can be solved by means other than changing the constitution.  Therefore, please vote NO.

Submitted by:

  • Charles K. Alexander, 1997 IEEE President
  • Cleon Anderson, 2005 IEEE President
  • Troy Nagle, 1994 IEEE President
  • John R. Vig, 2009 IEEE President

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IEEE PELS Comments on Proposed Constitutional Amendment

The leadership of the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) has carefully reviewed the proposed IEEE Constitutional Amendments. While appreciating the intention to “better define the roles of the IEEE Assembly and its delegates,” we have found that the proposed changes may threaten the very existence of IEEE as a volunteer-driven technical professional society.

The main reasoning for our position includes the following:

  1. a) The current Constitution provides for guaranteed geographical diversity by requiring that volunteers from each geographic Region are represented by one Director on the BoD;
  2. b) The current Constitution provides for guaranteed technical diversity by requiring that volunteers from each technical Division are represented by one Director on the BoD;
  3. c) The proposed change replaces the above requirements with the statement that “The number of Directors … shall be specified in the Bylaws taking into consideration various diversity factors including, but not limited to, geographic and technical diversity.”

Overlap I

  1. d) The proposed changes transfer responsibilities to Bylaws but the intended Bylaws changes are not known at this time, so the full impact of the Amendments is unknown.

Therefore, the PELS leadership will not advise IEEE members to vote for the Constitutional Change Amendment.

Braham Ferreira (IEEE PELS President)

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similar restrictions are being applied to rebuttal statements,
I will try to post the full set of censorship examples fairly soon.
(sorry I’m in the Rocky Mts and have limited bandwidth)

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