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    Ratification Information:

    On 31 March 2017, Staff confirmed that the online vote resulted in the ALAC endorsing the Statement with 14 votes in favor, 0 vote against, and 0 abstention. Please note that 93.33% (14) of the 15 ALAC Members participated in the poll. The ALAC Members who participated in the poll are (alphabetical order of the first name): Alan Greenberg, Alberto Soto, Andrei Kolesnikov, Bastiaan Goslings, Javier Rua, Kaili Kan, Harold Arcos, Holly Raiche, Leon Sanchez, Maureen Hilyard, Sebastien Bachollet, Seun Ojedeji, Tijani Ben Jemaa (shown as “1 anonymous” on the online result page due to paper ballot), Wafa Zaafouri. One ALAC Member, Garth Bruen, didn’t vote. You may view the result independently under:


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    Ratification Information:

    On 07 April 2017, all five RALOs have ratified the RALO Statement and indicated their support. AFRALO, EURALO, and NARALO each conducted an online vote among its ALSes and Individual Members, which resulted in the endorsement of the RALO Statement. APRALO and LACRALO endorsed the RALO Statement via general consensus on their mailing lists (APRALO, LACRALO).

    Specifically, in the AFRALO poll, 57.69% (30) of the 52 ALSes participate with 30 ALSes in favor, 0 against, and 0 abstention. In the EURALO poll, 61.11% (22) of the 36 ALSes participated with 20 in favor, 1 against, and 1 abstention. In the NARALO poll, 87.50% (21) of the 24 ALSes (the group of NARALO Individual Members was given one vote and treated as an ALS in this poll) participated with 19 in favor, 2 against, and 0 abstention.

    Currently, the At-Large Community is consist of 222 ALSes and an increasing number of Individual Members across 100 countries and territories. Our ALSes vary in sizes, some with membership number at hundreds, thousands, or even tens of thousands. Individually and in a bottom-up fashion, the ALS representatives consulted with their wider membership to determine their votes in the online poll or the consensus call. For more information about the ALS representation across the world, please click here


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    Purpose/Mission of ALAC


    As Two way conduit

    Aim – more active, knowledgeable contributor



    Openness of ALAC to End Users

    Ability to Participate




    Individual Membership

    Implementation # 1: Adopt the Empowered Membership Model (EMM) as proposed to bring a

    greater number of end users directly into ICANN policy making processes, and or engaged in At-Large outreach activities

    Implementation # 5: Any individual from any region should be allowed to become an “At-Large

    Member” (ALM). The ALM is what the Empowered Membership Model identifies as the atomic

    element of the new At-Large model



    Openness of policy processes

    Comments in the Review that policy processes not open to individuals



    Difficulty in participating in processes 

    Implementation # 2: Engage more end users directly in ICANN Working Groups by adopting the Empowered Membership Model described in this document

    Implementation # 3: Adopt the Empowered Membership Model described in this document to

    engage more end users directly in ICANN work

    Recommendation # 3:

    At-Large should encourage greater direct participation by At-Large members in ICANN WGs by

    adopting our proposed Empowered Membership Model.




    Structure and Process of ALAC

    Structure with ALT, ALAC, RALOs/ALSs

    Adopt EMM Model – elements as follows:

    (see chart in 11.3 of the Review)


    Membership open to all internet users – become ALMs thru contacting RALOS

    Eligible ALMs can vote for RALO rep on ALAC



    ALAC composed of 2 directly elected members from each region & 5 NomCom reps – 1 from each region



    Role of ALAC and RALOs merged: Role of ALAC – provide advice to Board based on feedback from Rapporterus/liaisons/ALMs



    RALOS – 2 way function     -outreach – top down, andd  channeling end user input – top up. Also organizing regional mtgs



    Role of ALT, ALAC, RALOs, ALSs

    Implementation # 6: Adopt the Empowered Membership Model which changes the function of RALOs so that they are primarily an outreach and mentoring mechanism for engaging new entrants

    Implementation # 7: As part of the Empowered Membership Model, elected RALO representatives become ALAC Members who not only deliberate on advice to the Board but

    also serve as mentors to At-Large newcomers.



    Role of ALAC WGs

    Recommendation # 7:

    At-Large should abandon existing internal Working Groups and discourage their creation in the

    future, as they are a distraction from the actual policy advice role of At-Large.



    Breadth of people in leadership/participants

    Leadership team a ‘small group’ and need for renewal/term rotation etc




    Creation of ‘Rapporteurs’

    From EMM Model – idea to come from a member who has actively participated in a WG – limited term – with funding to attend 3 ICANN meetings



    Create Council of Elders

    Creation of 6 ‘Elders’ experienced but exceeded term limits



    Current Criteria for ALS Membership

    Too stringent – implicit in EMM model and stated in report



    General/Regional Assemblies

    Recommendation # 11:

    At-Large should replace 5-yearly global ATLAS meetings with an alternative model of annual

    regional At-Large Meetings.



    Working with NCUC/NPOC

    Implementation # 4: In the Empowered Membership Model individual users will be encouraged to participate in At-Large. Within this context there should be scope for further cooperation with the NCSG



    Processes and Accountability

    Terms of office holders/members

    Implementation # 8: The ALAC Members should have a maximum of (2) terms, each of a 2-year duration.



    ALAC/ALT processes

    Recommendation # 2:

    At-Large should be more judicious in selecting the amount of advice it seeks to offer, focusing upon quality rather than quantity.

    Recommendation # 6:

    Selection of seat 15 on ICANN Board of Directors. Simplify the selection of the At-Large Director. Candidates with experience in At-Large would self-nominate. The NomCom then vets

    nominees to produce a slate of qualified candidates from which the successful candidate is chosen by random selection.




    Recommendation # 16:

    Adopt a set of metrics that are consistent for the entire At-Large Community to measure the

    implementation and impact of the EMM and track the continuous improvement of the At-Large




    Outreach and External Activities

    Participation in Internet governance fora

    Recommendation # 1:

    At-Large Members from each region should be encouraged, and where possible funded, to participate in Internet governance / policy-related conferences/events (IGF, RIR ISOC) in their region, and to use these events as opportunities proactively to raise awareness among end users about the At-Large and the opportunities through them to engage in ICANN-related activities.

    Recommendation # 5:

    At-Large should redouble efforts to contribute to meetings between ICANN Senior Staff and Executives, ISOC (and other international organisations) to engage in joint strategic planning

    for cooperative outreach.

    Recommendation # 12:

    As part of its strategy for regional outreach and engagement, the At-Large Community should continue to put a high priority on the organisation of external regional events. The five RALOs should continue, as part of their annual outreach strategies to partner with well-established

    regional events involved in the Internet Governance ecosystem. CROPP and other funding mechanisms should be provided to support the costs of organisation and participation of At-

    Large members.(see Section 5.3 on outreach)

    Recommendation # 13:

    Working closely with ICANN’s Regional Hubs and regional ISOC headquarters, At-Large should

    reinforce its global outreach and engagement strategy with a view to encouraging the organisation of Internet Governance Schools in connection with each At-Large regional gathering which will in future take place in parallel with appropriate ICANN meetings.



    More use of social media

    Recommendation # 8:

    At-Large should use social media much more effectively to engage with end users (e.g. via Twitter / Facebook polls, etc). These polls should not be binding in any way, but the ALAC can

    use them as a gauge of end user opinion.

    Recommendation # 10:

    Consider the adoption and use of a Slack-like online communication platform. An instant

    messaging-cum-team workspace (FOSS) alternative to replace Skype/Wiki/website/mailing list.




    iCANN Staff

    Report divided opinion on more involvement in policy – or not, support for research

    Recommendation # 4:

    At-Large Support Staff should be more actively involved in supporting ALM engagement in policy work for the ALAC, drafting position papers and other policy related work.

    Recommendation # 9:

    At-Large should appoint a part-time Web Community Manager position who will be responsible for inter alia for social media (Rec 8). These responsibilities could be allocated to an existing member of staff




    Recommendation # 14:

    In the interests of transparency, all opportunities for At-Large travel funding support should be published in one place on the At-Large webpage. A record of the beneficiaries of travel support should be published on the same page.

    Implementation # 14: The proposed Empowered Membership Model (Section 11) conflates many of these roles and consequently frees up travel slots for new voices. For example the 5

    RALOS are now part of the 15 ALAC Member list and 5 Liaison roles are also taken by NomCom appointed ALAC Members, leaving 2 for the Council of Elders and up to 10 slots for Rapporteurs for CCWGs and regular WGs (to be decided openly and transparently).

    Recommendation # 15:

    At-Large should be involved in the Cross-Community Working Group on new gTLD Auction Proceeds and initiate discussions with the ICANN Board of Directors with a view gaining access to these funds in support of the At-Large Community.



    Board position

    Discussion on different views on whether there should be an additional seat(s) for ALAC




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    2. Outreach and External Activities

      INFORMATION on some of the activities and Events in LACRALO: with the participation of LACRALO members, authorities and Als.


      1. IGF (Internet Governance Forum) Forum 17 and 18 May in Montevideo (Uruguay) Place: Faculty of Engineering of the University of the Republic. Organized by ISOC (Uruguay) ICANN speakers (Daniel Fink) and various organizations LACNIC, LACTLD, CUTI (Uruguayan Chamber of Information Technologies) (Oscar Robles, Raúl Echeverría) attended the event. Some 800 people attended, including academics, , Students of various Faculties (Law, Engineering, etc.) and various organizations of the world, both face-to-face and virtual. (Simutaneous distance transmission with technological support from the Uruguayan telephone company: ANTEL)

      2. EVENT "Internet and the New Role of the Community" 30 and 31 August in Montevideo (Place: Ateneo de Montevideo, Cultural Association, (National Historic Monument of S. 19) Organized by LACRALO. (Carlos Rodriguez, Carlos Martínez), the Director of AGESIC (Eng. Clastornik) (Agency for the Management of Electronic Government-Uruguay), in collaboration with ICANN (Rodrigo de la Parra, Daniel Fink), LACNIC (Oscar Robles, OBSERVATIC, from ALs argentina IIISI: Alberto Soto, UCUDAL (Universidad Católica del Uruguay), UDELAR (University of the Republic), University Informatics Service (SECIU) in charge of .uy (Sergio Ramírez), Universidad de la República, Local registrars: and, representative of Telefónica ANTEL (Uruguay), among others.

       3. EVENT: FIADI Congress, 19-21 October (Ibero-American Federation of Computer Law) with more than 20 years of existence that brings together participants from the academic sector of Universities of Ibero-America) Held in the city of Salamanca, Spain. ICANN participated with a presentation on ICANN (Rodrigo de la Parra) attended by more than 1000 people from different countries: Cuba, Mexico, Uruguay, Brazil, Spain, Portugal, Ecuador, Argentina, etc, etc.)

      IGF (Internet Governance Forum) event, 6 to 9 December in Guadalajara, Mexico ICANN participation in IGF with various speakers in international event and attendance of more than 2000 people from all parts of Latin America and speakers from these countries ( Spain, Portugal, Uruguay, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, etc.) and virtual assistance.) Speakers Vinton Cerf, Goran Marby: ICANN Board Chairman and Steve Crocker discussed ICANN's role, mission and activities and topics Relating to the Internet. It was attended by more than 1500 people from all over the world.

        YEAR 2014
      Activities in Brazil (Recife) Event organized by the local Als IBBDI (Alyne Andrade de Oliveira Bezerra) with active participation in the organization of LACRALO authorities (Alberto Soto ALS IISI, Argentina, current ALAC member).

    3. Additional Information:
      At the FIADI Congress held from 19 to 21 October 2016, a Cooperation Agreement between FIADI and ICANN was also signed, which ICANN representative Rodrigo de la Parra and the President of FIADI, each representing each of respectively.

    4. Additional information: Prior to the event held in Uruguay, a journalist in Montevideo conducted a  one hour radio interview with Maritza Aguero (on a telephone internactional interview) and with the representative of the ALs of Uruguay, who coordinated the interview, in person at the radio. Both interviewees explained to the audience what is ICANN, how it works,  for what and who, and they invited the audience to attend the event.

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