November and December Report

APRALO Brochure

The APRALO brochure was updated for the Dakar ICANN meeting and ICANN staff have been working hard over the weeks to get it translated into other languages so that more of the community can take a look and understand what it is that APRALO is doing. Progress is being made to get the online version set up too and we will be sending it out periodically to the ICANN list.


JIG single character issue


The Wiki for this has been taken care of and the email has gone out to all ALS’es to ask for their input on this matter. APRALO has been very active on this issue.



Policy matter came up about the thick WHOIS.  Holly said she was very much involved with this and will be on top of things representing APRALO. During the next APRALO call, she will have an update for us about this issue.

Increase Developing Economies Participation in the New gTLD Program (JAS)


This was initiated by the APRALO region and it was sent to the ICANN list for comment and suggestion. Very important policy matter for the APRALO region.

Improvement project taskforce


The APRALO workforce to send over to the list the link for this improvement taskforce and will be given very high priority over the coming weeks and months so we are sure our needs and desires are heard by everyone.

August to September 2011 Report

APRALO would be working with the ICANN IT staff to discuss changes to the APRALO page, making it easier for ALS’es to navigate through

APRALO were going to look at more registrar policy issues followings a complaint about one registrar in Australia about data leak

Salanieta Tamanikaiwaimaro  from Fiji was elected to replace Cheryl as the APRALO representative to ALAC. The term will commence from the end of the Dakar meeting.

Carole made a presentation about the coming Strategic Plan in the September APRALO call and APRALO was encouraged to give some comments and feedback as soon as it is open to do so.

Holly was in charge of providing some input to the WHOIS report

APRALO was encouraged to provide some feedback to the Language issue which would be discussed during the Dakar meeting.

Olivier reminded APRALO that there would be a meeting with registrars in Dakar and APRALO could go on to the wiki and have their questions up there so they could be considered during the meeting.

Siranush Vardanyan was selected as the NomCom delegate from Asia Pacific and Australia region

San Francisco Report

1. New ALSes Certified

Two new ALSes have joined APRALO. They are Information Policy Analytical Center from Azerbaijan and Cook Islands Internet Action Group (CIIAG) from Cook Islands. We are delighted that Central Asia and Pacific Islands are more involved in APRALO.

Thanks to fellowship program and outreach, a new ALS application from Hong Kong has just been received and another application from Pakistan is hopefully to be received soon.

APRALO is now insensitively preparing for the Showcase at ICANN Singapore Meeting to make a regional celebration for the success of at-large discourse.

2. Policy Works

APRALO submitted comments and statements on IDN Variant Management and Geographic Region Review and participated actively on a couple of ongoing ALAC policy process such as new gTLD AGAT. Meanwhile APRALO encouraged individual members to submit comments to ICANN consultations directly.

3. Upcoming Election

APRALO is going to elect a new Chair and is setting election cycle right now. We aims to complete the election before Singapore meeting.

February 2011

Edmon drafted the APRALO statement on the IDN fast track consultation and sent it to the mailing list for input and comments.

Charles sent an email to the mailing list on the FY12 budget requests, followed up with Cheryl and submitted the budget request templates to the ALAC on behalf of APRALO on the 25 January.

Initial plans were underway about how the voting would take place for the coming opening positions for the APRALO. People were encouraged to look around for possible candidates to propose for the openings.

An APRALO face-to-face meeting will be held in San Francisco to replace the meeting, which was supposed to be held on the 22nd of February. Staff were going to send confirmation about the date and time of the meeting at a later date.

Dev Anand gave a presentation of the updated PAD flowchart as developed by Improvements WT D, also clear instructins were given on how At-Large/ALAC will approach public comments.  APRALO would use these ideas to contact ALS’es for their input

December 2010 and January 2011

Charles presented the APRALO Policy Development proposal, which Edmon presented during the Cartagena meeting during the WT D in early January.

Important election dates were quickly approaching where the positions of Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretariat were going to come to an end. To make things easier, Staff prepared a document listing all APRALO leadership elections and terms since the inception of APRALO. Then the voting could begin at an earlier stage.

Update on the policy workplan was to have a small group of people to discuss and identify the important policy issues and report back to APRALO during the monthly calls.

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