FY19 ALAC Request:
Given the significant success of the FY18 ABR request for RALO Discretionary Funding, for FY19, the ALAC requests that each of the five RALO’s be given access up to $4,000 each for targeted local discretionary funds to permit the local travel, luncheons, displays, graphic and promotional Facebook/Twitter graphics.
As shown by the number of useful activities requested and approved to date in the implementation of the similar FY18 ABR, it is clear that opportunities exist for At-Large members to do local outreach and engagement about ICANN and ICANN policy related issues.
Giving the RALOs the ability to identify local engagement activities which they can self-organize provides ICANN and the At-Large Structures with an efficient local team that is knowledgeable on ICANN policies. This results in grass-roots awareness-raising of ICANN in local communities.
This project saw significant increase in the number of requests and successfully implemented local events. An additional year of ABR funding would allow this program to build on its success in allowing RALOs and At-Large Structures to reach out to and engage with local communities.
Funding for $20,000 ($4,000 x 5 RALOs)
FY19 Approval Text:
FY19-12-ALAC-Access by RALOs for Funding of Local Engagement Activities
At-Large request for continuation of RALO funding for local engagement activities
(Yes)(20,000)(to be managed by Heidi Ullrich, Vice President, ICANN Policy Development Support)
Based on the success of the FY17 and FY18 experiences, this activity will be supported for an additional fiscal year and administered by the Policy Development Support staff in collaboration with regional vice presidents from the Global Stakeholder Engagement team. The FY17 and FY18 experience incorporated the development of a request form template, and this should continue to be used in FY19. Approval of this request is also contingent on continued publication of the criteria and level of usage of the approved resources.
- Must be completed and sent to At-Large staff attention Heidi Ullrich and Silvia Vivanco at least three weeks in advance of the event.
In order to help guide staff in their decision-making for each request, we have requested that the RALO Leadership develop criteria.
1.0 Purpose of the Discretionary Funding
To provide opportunities for members of all RALOs to do local outreach and engagement about ICANN and ICANN policy related issues within the region.
Please refer to the Finance and Budget Subcommittee (FBSC) Proposal, page 7 HERE for more details.
2.0 Selection Criteria
The applications for funding support for the local ALS activity must come from a certified ALS that has demonstrated to be active by consistently participating in the regional monthly calls at least once every 3 months.
The ALS has organized or attending a special event with tangible outreach and engagement activities with specific expected results.
The funds should be a portion of the full budget for the event.
The Discretionary funds use shall be in alignment with the RALO Strategic Outreach Plans filed for the relevant Fiscal year.
Staff will consider regional balance within each RALO during their review of the requests.
3.0 Application Process
- A request form needs to be fill out to initiate the process.
- The request must be sent to Silvia Vivanco, Manager, At-Large Regional Affairs and Heidi Ullrich, Vice President, Policy Development and At-Large Relations the relevant Regional Leadership.
- Approval (or not) will be informed via email to the organization representative that made the request.
4.0 Approval Process
Staff determines if request follows the established criteria. Consult with the region officials if in doubt.
Staff determines if there are sufficient funds available to support the request. If not, the maximum allowed for the request will be what is available in the fund at the moment of the request.
If necessary, Staff coordinates a conference call with RALO leadership and the person(s) making the request with the purpose of gathering more details about the utilization of the funds.
All requests and its final approval (or not) are to be published in a WIKi page for transparency purposes.
The ALS must produce,not later than 15 days after the end of the engagement, a report summarizing its outreach efforts and possible outcome.
IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING TRAVEL BOOKING: All trips on buses, train and planes as well as hotel accommodation must be booked through ICANN Constituency Travel. Please work with At-Large staff on any travel booking under the RALO Discretionary Funding ABR.
FY19 RALO Available Funds
Each RALO is granted $4k for FY19
|RALO||Funds Used||Available Funds|
|RALO||Date Submitted||Date of Event||Submitted within three weeks of Event?||Submitter||Purpose||Proposal||Amount||Status||Report|
|APRALO||13-08-18 through 16-08-18||Yes||Maureen Hilyard|
Travel and accommodation support to attend the Asia Pacific Regional IGF, Youth IGF and Pacific IGF to be jointly held on Vanuatu 13-16 August 2018.
|NARALO||10-07-18||13-07-18||No (One time exception made)||Glenn McKnight||Train travel and hotel for ICANN DNS Symposium||Request Form||$500||Approved|
I drove to the train station and took the express train to Montreal, roughly 5 hours on Thursday night, I discovered i had a flat tire a couple of hours before my train at 5 30. needed to rush and have it repaired and back on the car to drive to the station for the train.
Event was a full day. Didn't stay for the cocktail party due to departure time of the train.
No information booth for ICANN at the event. Registration was 200 but after lunch it was more like 100 in the room
Full slate of speakers on DNS . Very technical sessions, Didn't laugh at the jokes, they were too many insider jokes for me. Pleasantly surprised to see Steve Crocker. He is writing a book on the early years on the Internet. Very busy guy, looks good, doesn't miss the board.
Great opportunity to interface with the folks, most of which were IETF people from outside of North America which added the session on to their IETF meetings.
All the valuable slides were photographed and shared with the online Adobe session and ATLARGE
All the speakers
Tweeted the entire morning
Photos of ISOC Quebec and ICANN Staff
Distributed to Shelly Robinson for monthly newsletter
Sent to staff including Chris Modini
Need generic Atlarge business cards
Will followup on some leads
|EURALO||08-08-2018||30-08-2018 - 31-08-2018||Yes||Olivier Crepin-Leblond||Travel to Tallin for 2018 ICANN-Studienkreis||Request Form||$600||Approved|
Trip to ICANN Studienkreis
Date: 30-31 August 2018
The local RALO Outreach Plan has been mentioning ICANN Studienkreis for several years. Each time the use of additional budget request process was explained as this is a major local event that is sponsored by ICANN. The additional budget request was never granted, thus no end user representative was ever supported for this meeting. Alarmingly, ICANN Studienkreis has taken place for over 15 years, with a very low turn-out of end user representatives. Since the event is by invitation only and an invitation was received by EURALO, this was an opportunity to seize.
EURALO Chair Olivier Crépin-Leblond made the trip to Tallinn. Hotel accommodation was sponsored by the Studienkreis organisers, thus only travel support was needed.
The two day meeting had a stellar line-up of speakers introducing topics which were then discussed around the table. ICANN CEO Göran Marby led a discussion on how the ICANN Multistakeholder Model needed to evolve to take into account national and regional legal initiatives. Other topics of note focussed on ICANN's new role in the global Internet governance ecosystem, the lessons learned on Next Generation TLDs, the GDPR challenge in the next generation WHOIS, as well as the Future of root governance and ICANN, stability in cyberspace & Internet governance 2020. A session was also led by ICANN Board Chair Cherine Chalaby, that addressed Issues, problems and solutions relating to ICANN's structure, strategy and mission.
From the line-up of participants, it was clear that whilst some civil society participants were already present around the table, an At-Large voice defending the interests of end users had been missing until this year. Olivier Crépin-Leblond took part in the discussion of each topic, taking his responses from experience with past ALAC Statements and positions. Surprisingly, most of the ALAC's positions were found to be in-line with many of the points made by other participants who expressed their surprise that the ALAC had developed such positions, although these are clearly accessible on the ALAC's Web Site. Considering the make-up of the participants around the table which included both contracted parties and non-contracted parties, it was surprising to note that the great majority of participants were not eager to rush into another round of new gTLDs. On the other hand, compliance with GDPR by reducing the amount of information made available about domain registrants in the WHOIS database was supported to an extent that brought discomfort for the At-Large and technical participants.
All in all, this meeting is an important multi-stakeholder meeting that unites European key Stakeholders around the discussion table and it was important that EURALO could have a representative in attendance. Outreach was made to the handful of people that Olivier did not already know well, such as Marina Kaljurand, Chair of the Global Commission on Stability in Cyberspace, former Estonian Foreign Minister, and Alexander Klimburg, The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, who is the Director of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) Initiative. As a result of this meeting, the EURALO Chair was invited to speak at the GCSC's event at the 13th Global IGF that took place in Paris in November 2018.
The GCSC will also have its meeting in Kobe, back to back with the ICANN meeting and this opens the door for further collaboration with EURALO and with the ALAC.
|NARALO||27-08-2018||28-09-2018||Yes||Marita Moll||ALS Read-Out Session||Request Form||$1,250 (actual spend $965)||Approved||Report|
|LACRALO||29-08-2018||No (One time exception made)||Humberto Carrasco||LACRALO Roadmap support||$2,000||Approved|
|EURALO||2-10-2018||10-09-2018||No (One time exception made)||Olivier Crepin-Leblond||Accommodation for CENTR AGM for CW||Request Form||$400||Approved|
Trip to Brussels CENTR General Assembly
Date: 10 October 2018
The CENTR General Assembly took place in Brussels on 10 October 2018. EURALO was invited to attend in order to support its application to become an Observer Member of the organisation. The local RALO Outreach Plan specifically mentions enhancing of relations with the European Top Level Domain organization CENTR. Following discussions between the EURALO Chair and CENTR General Manager Peter van Roste, the first step to a MoU was decided that EURALO should apply as an Observer to CENTR. Support of this application at the CENTR AGM was needed. Other Observer members of CENTR include the European Commission, the Internet Society, RIPE NCC, OARC etc.
Christopher Wilkinson lives locally in Belgium and needed minimal support in order to spend the night in a hotel close to the CENTR offices in order to attend the AGM which started early in the morning. Christopher therefore attended the meeting on behalf of EURALO. Unfortunately the meeting's flow was delayed due to unforeseen events that were not related to EURALO's application. By the time the meeting reached its end, the Chair was unable to address EURALO's application. As a result, whilst Christopher Wilkinson's attendance was well acknowledged, CENTR was unable to ratify EURALO's application for Observer member. The EURALO Chair received an apology from CENTR General Manager a few days after the meeting, with the invitation to have the ratification of Observer membership taking place at the next CENTR meeting in Bordeaux, on 21st March 2019. However, Christopher Wilkinson's attendance at the AGM was beneficial in that it opened the road to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation between CENTR and EURALO which was signed in a ceremony that took place at the 13th Global IGF that took place in Paris in November 2018.
The recommendation that came out of this process is that EURALO would need to send a representative to the CENTR Bordeaux meeting on 21st March 2019.
Our At-Large structure, ISOC Morocco will organize the National Internet Day in Morocco: on the theme: "Protection of Personal Data: current situation and perspective".
The event will take place on December 08, 2018 in Fez.
This theme represents an important issue for both Morocco and the African region.
|Request Form||$1,500||Approved||Event Agenda|
|AFRALO||29-11-2018||Yes||Tijani Ben Jemaa||FMAI is hosting a local outreach and engagement event about ICANN policy related issues within the region.||Request Form||$1,000||Approved|
|APRALO||24-10-18||09-14 March 2019||Yes||Ali Al Meshal||To participate in the ICANN64 Meeting (two nights accommodation + PD)||Request Form||Approximately $800||Approved|
|APRALO||28-11-18||25-27 February 2019||Yes||Satish Babu and Maureen Hilyard||Participation, Networking, and Outreach at APRICOT2019 (3 nights of the Conference, Registration for the Conference and per-diem for 3 days)||Request Form||$1,500||Approved|
|NARALO||07-12-18||1-3 April 2019||Yes||Glenn McKnight|
Funding to support event registration at $145 and round trip airfare from Toronto to Charlotte, NC $437.00
Full participation in the Digital Inclusion Conference, networking with potential ALS from US and Canadian non profits
|NARALO||07-12-18||14 February 2019||Yes||Eduardo Diaz||Funding to support catering and material for "Fall in Love with the Internet" event at the|
InterAmerican University, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fall in love with Internet - 2019
The Internet Society, Puerto Rico Chapter (ISOCPR - a NARALO ALS) in collaboration with the Hispanic Educational Technology Services (HETS- a NARALO ALS) and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), celebrated on February 15 the event “Fall in love with Internet”.
The objective of the activity was to understand in detail the Internet and its ecosystem. Also, to explain the participants how they can have an active voice in the governance processes. We wanted to invite the audience to know the importance of accessibility when we use content on the web and how to make efficient use of the resources available online.
Mr. Norberto Cruz Cordova, ISOCPR President, was the master of Ceremonies for the event and offered an introduction on the importance of the Internet. The activity began with the official welcome from Dr. Miguel Vélez Rubio, interim Rector of the University of Puerto Rico, Bayamón Campus, venue of the event.
The presentations began with a holistic view of the Internet ecosystem presented by Engineer Eduardo Díaz, Board Member of the Puerto Rico chapter and NARALO Chair.
On the other hand, Rodrigo de La Parra, Vice president for ICANN stakeholders for Latin America and the Caribbean explained to the audience the importance of an active role in the organization of the development and governance of the Internet.
Nancy Quiros, Chapter Development Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean of ISOC, also addressed the audience. Mrs. Quiros explained IOSC plans for 2019. And José "Manolo" Álvarez talked about web accessibility and the importance of the Internet. It is important to mention that "Manolo" is visually impaired. He, and I should add here that he did this by himself and without any external help, prepared and presented his presentation using accessibility technologies. During his presentation he demonstrated the importance of developing web pages for people that are visually impaired.
Professor Alfredo Calderón and ISOCPR Board Member addressed the audience by briefing the takeaways of each presentation and promoting educational exchange. The executive director of HETS, Yubelkys Montalvo highlighted the different services that the organization has for the university community.
The activity was a success. Approximately 100 people participated in the event and 10% became members of our ALS that day. There was a wide presence of professors, academics, professionals of technology areas and students.
|AFRALO||08-12-19||4 June 2019||Yes||Nkemdilim Nweke (DigitalSENSE|
Local production and distribution of AFRALO brochures (1000 copies in English and a major Nigerian language) for the 2019 Nigeria
DigitalSENSE Forum on Internet Governance for Development (IG4D) and Nigeria IPv6 Roundtable in Lagos, Nigeria.
|Request Form||$1,000||Approved for $500|
|NARALO||11-01-19||1 April 2019||Yes|
Funding to cover the registration fees at the Net INCLUSION 2019 Conference
At NET Inclusion 2019, 369 total registrants this year. Video recordings of all plenaries and the break-out sessions on the Livestream stage are available on the Net Inclusion 2019 page. Many of the speakers uploaded their slides to Sched Some sessions did not use slides.
The NDIA is an alliance among leaders of local government, community organizations, public libraries, housing authorities and other institutions committed to reducing digital disparities among its community members. To improve the daily lives of all community members, the organization calls for widespread and actionable digital inclusion public policies that reflect what experience has taught.
The intention of distributing pamphlets of NARALO among individuals that when approached seem interested in the mission and activities were accomplished. However, it is recommended to have active participation in this type of event to continue engaging more end-users and policymakers in ICANN's' mission.
I had the opportunity to engage with technical and professional organizations with a complete ignorance of ICANN and the work done Some, showed great interest in getting involved as 'individual members' These will need some follow-up which is now ongoing through social media and direct email messages Some representatives of non-profit organizations will seek engaging, as expected, with a special focus in NCUC or NPOC constituencies.
Special outreach was done to native Americans (tribal organizations) in Arizona, Texas, and Kentucky and to organizations that were aligned to the ICANN mission. Including Library systems in under-served regions with a special interest in understanding the multistakeholder model, as an approach to better engage more partners in their decision-making process. However, it was made clear that for their type of organization, timely manner decisions are very important, and the multistakeholder model might not fit all.
In the morning I attended the pre-conference workshop on ' Federal Policy's Impact on Local Digital Inclusion: Current and Potential Agency Policies and Legislation'. This 3-hour workshop covered topics related to dealing with Broadband and the Digital Divide in the context of 1) increasing access, 2) local, state and national government awareness of the lack of broadband in specific communities, 3) how to better train individuals in the importance and usage of broadband, 4) how to become the 'voice' of the under-served and under-represented communities (indigenous and/or native Americans), 4) opportunities through coalitions to increase adoption, among others. I had active participation in this workshop using Puerto Rico's recovery process after the hurricane's Irma and Maria, and the resilient plan to increase engagement and adoption of a secure and renovated Broadband infrastructure.
During this pre-conference workshop, I had the opportunity to get a grasp of what different states in the USA are doing to deal with 'Net Neutrality' This is not within the mission of ICANN but impacts the future adoption of broadband if appropriate actions in the USA are not taken. Most of the participants in this workshop were not aware of what ICANN is and how they could get involved in Policy through there organizations or as individuals Thus, I could sense the need to do more outreach and engagement through ALs to increase awareness of the work NARALO and ICANN does.
In the afternoon of the pre-Conference activities, I had the opportunity to visit a Public Housing complex, where the community has designed and implemented: 1) a Connect Home program where after a six-week, (2 hours per week) literacy training an individual is given a laptop and a hotspot with a limited data plan to access Broadband Internet, 2) a Digital Inclusion Institute at a High School where digital literacy classes for six weeks, and upon graduation parents earn a laptop refurbished by scholars, and an unlimited untethered hotspot, and 3) a program that trains and employs up to 12 high school students as computer technicians to refurbish and re-image decommissioned corporate laptops through the E2D (Eliminate the Digital Divide) Technology Academy (for Workforce Development and Digital Literacy Education) giving the school population with direct exposure to all sectors of the IT Industry through extensive digital literacy education.
The Conference started on April 2 with close to 300 participants from the 350 affiliates in 41 states and the US Virgin Islands, and as previously mentioned participants from Belgium and Puerto Rico. The morning started off with a representative of the North Carolina Department of Information Technology providing a status of how North Carolina is dealing with Digital Inclusion. The 'Digital Inclusion for People with disabilities' session provided an up-to-date on the assistance to the differently abled that need to acquire knowledge of accessibility hardware and software in addition to training strategies The main focus theme was: What resources are available to support increasing digital access and skills of the differently abled? This session brought to mind the efforts that ICANN and NARALO should engage in to meet the needs of end-users with certain limitations when Policy Advice is provided.
'How Broadband Adoption Affects Community Prosperity and Opportunity' was pertinent to the work ongoing in a group of volunteers ongoing in Puerto Rico - Puerto Rico Broadband Task Force (PRBT). This group seeks to increase broadband adoption with affordable access to all. In conjunction with the Internet Society Puerto Rico Chapter (an ALS affiliated to NARALO) we seek partnerships to increase awareness of the strong links of Broadband adoption to economic outcomes for community residents as well as businesses. Emphasis was given on the fact that 'disparities in broadband adoption widen the inequalities that have become apparent across regions and communities in the U.S. and all over the World. It is clear that digital inclusion is a necessary part of policy solutions for narrowing place - based gaps in economic opportunities. The role of NARALO is obvious when engaging end-users in better understanding the scope of policy advice when the Supporting Organizations work identify issues that need attention.
On April 3, the 'Advocating for Smart Cities that Benefit Everyone' focused on the efforts to address the barriers disadvantaged community members have to participate in smart city projects
Lighting rounds where done during both days and in 4-minute interventions (7 individuals per session) presented their initiatives. Most were based on 1) refurbishing donated laptops, 2) digital literacy training, and 3) increasing broadband adoption through more awareness of various government-funded programs.
It is worth sending someone to continue engaging with this organization on an annual basis. The event will take place in Portland, Oregon, April 7 - 9, 2020.
I take this opportunity to thank NARALO for approving my proposal to participate in this Net Inclusion 2019 Conference and covering with NARALO Discretionary Funds the Registration Fee and the CROP Fund for travel and Hotel expenses.
|NARALO||15-01-19||13-15 March 2019||Yes||Judith Hellerstein||Funding to cover NTEN conference hotel.||Request Form||$500||Approved for $300|
My session on Internet Governance had a committed audience despite it being located in a conference room down a service corridor. Many people at the conference had not idea about ICANN and about Internet Governance so promotion was essential. People are very interested in Data Security and there are multiple sessions on this topic. People in my session were engaged and asked questions about ICANN, about the Who Is Process, about GTLDs, about Internet Governance. Passed out NARALO Mailcards to everyone and to others I met. There was no table to put out leaflets so I carried them with me where ever I went. Many people said they were interested in finding out more about At Large and NARALO and so hope we get some new ALSes or Individual Members. Also explained about At Large to businesses in other constituencies. There were people there from Consumer Organizations and all sorts of other Non-profits.
Next year they will be in Baltimore so perhaps ICANN GSE could go up and present or do a demo.
Presentations can be found here, https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jNw6j3_ZS3wslRpbANOQjGXqEOC0nYuJuEs-1TFmH_I/edit
Each session has a collaborative document where speakers post all info and any resources.
|EURALO||23-01-19||20-22 March 2019||Yes||Sebastien Bachollet|
Travel to CENTR AGM
|NARALO||22-02-19||27-02 2019||No (Exception made)||Glenn McKnight|
Funding to attend IGF Toronto Feb 27, 2019
IGF Canada Event- Report for Newsletter
On a stormy winter day in Toronto we saw IGF Canada become a rejuvenated IGF with approximately 180-200 attendees.
The session was moderated by Nancy Carter of Canerie and an opening statement from Byron Holland of CIRA and then Elliot Noss, Tucows The normal sessions on cybersecurity, fake news and other topics were discussed with notable Canadian notables.
Pictures of NARALO membership
Destiny and Pierre-Dare ISOC QUEBEC
Nancy Carter, ISOC Canada
|NARALO||25-02-19||12-03-19||Yes||Judith Hellerstein||Requesting $50 USD to cover the costs of local printing of a promotional mailcard advertising my Presentation at NTEN.||Request Form||$50||Approved|
Cards were essential to getting people to come to my workshop. My Random room assignment was the worst room that was down a service Corridor so these cards were instrumental in getting met to know about the workshop and seek it out. I had about 20 people in attendance and they were very interested in the subject. Some people had no idea about Internet Governance, others knew but had no idea about Universal Acceptance and the impact it has on Non-Profits who are interested in domains longer than 3 characters. Other questions were on GTLDs and about history of ICANN. Some of the questions related to EPDP as companies were marketing expensive proxy services whereas these might no longer be needed.
People commented on how good it was to have a mailcard that had all the info they needed about the session and about ICANN At Large
Picture of Mailcard and Slides are located here,
Front of Mailcard is here
Back of Mailcard is here,
|Sergio Salinas Porto||Travel needs to ICANN64||Request Form||$700||Approved|
Funding to support catering and material for the ONLY ICANN 64 Read-Out in Spanish in the NARALO region.
|AFRALO||18-04-19||24-27-06-19||Yes||Sarah Kiden||Funding to cover travel to ICANN65||Request Form||$1,000||Approved|
Funding for a pre-ICANN 65 outreach session at the Ottawa, Canada
|EURALO||19-04-19||7 and 8-05-19||Yes||Olivier Crepin Leblond||Funding for travel and accommodation for Nenad Marinkovic to attend SEEDIG in Bucharest, Romania||$900||Approved|
|EURALO||19-04-19||7 and 8-05-19||Yes||Olivier Crepin Leblond||Funding for travel and accommodation for Matthias Hudobnik to attend SEEDIG in Bucharest, Romania||Request Form||$900||Approved|