The directly elected At-Large director for ICANN representing North America from 2000 to 2002. His "dissident" stance in opposition to the incestuous cabal of insiders making up most of the rest of the ICANN board led to conflict, including a lawsuit by Auerbach for the right to see information required by law to be available to directors. Management claimed that they were willing to provide the information to him, but only if he signed a nondisclosure agreement. He claimed that imposing any conditions on the information release was contrary to California law, where ICANN is incorporated. In 2002, new bylaws eliminated elected directors altogether, ensuring that future boards will be free of such independent viewpoints and will instead "get with the program" of letting the insiders do whatever they want regardless of what the rest of the world thinks.