At-Large Leadership Team (ALT-PLUS) Monthly Meeting

Date: Thursday, 21 February 2019

Time: 19:00 - 20:30 UTC. For the time in various timezones click here

Meeting Number: AL.ALT-PLUS/CC.0219/1

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ADIGO Passcode: 1638

Spanish Conference ID = 1738

ALT Members: Maureen Hilyard, Holly Raiche (alternate), John Laprise, Sébastien Bachollet, Tijani Ben Jemaa, Ricardo Holmquist

Liaisons: Cheryl Langdon-Orr, Barrack Otieno, Andrei Kolesnikov, Yrjö Lansipuro

Regional Chairs: Mohamed El Bashir, Satish Babu, Olivier Crépin-Leblond, Sergio Salinas Porto, Eduardo Diaz

Former Chairs: Alan Greenberg, Olivier Crépin-Leblond, Cheryl Langdon-Orr

Working Group Team Leaders/Coordinators: Alberto Soto (apology), Jonathan Zuck, Olivier Crépin-Leblond, Daniel Nanghaka


EN:  Maureen Hilyard, Olivier Crépin-Leblond, Cheryl Langdon-Orr, Holly Raiche, Tijani Ben Jemaa, Daniel Nanghaka, Barrack Otieno, Ricardo Holmquist, Eduardo Diaz, Jonathan Zuck (audio only), Natalia Filina, Glenn McKnight, Andrei Kolesnikov, Judith Hellerstein, Sebastien Bachollet, Yrjo Lansipuro, John Laprise, Alan Greenberg

ES: Sergio Salinas Porto

Apologies:  Alberto Soto

Staff: Heidi Ullrich, Silvia Vivanco, Gisella Gruber, Evin Erdoğdu, Yeşim Nazlar, Andrea Glandon, Claudia Ruiz

ES Interpreters: Marina & Paula

Call Management: Andrea Glandon

Action Items: EN

AC Chat: EN        

Recording: ENES                     

Transcript: ENES


Standing Agenda Items

1. Roll Call and Apologies – Staff (3 minutes)

2.  Welcome, Aim of the Meeting, Adoption of Agenda and Call for Any Other Business or other Amendments – Maureen Hilyard (2 minutes)

Items for Discussion

3. Review of At-Large Activities at ICANN64 - Maureen Hilyard and Gisella Gruber (30 minutes)

See: At-Large at ICANN64 Workspace

a. Review of At-Large Sessions - starting with Saturday, 9 March 2019

b. Questions for Groups 

c. Update on Talking Points - Jonathan Zuck

d. Networking and Outreach activities - Gisella and Glenn McKnight 

4. ALAC Policy Activities - Evin Erdoğdu, Olivier Crepin-Leblond and Jonathan Zuck (20 minutes)

At-Large Policy Resources

2019 ALAC Policy Comments & Advice
At-Large Policy Summary
At-Large Executive Summary page
Multistakeholder Advice Development graphic
Consolidated Policy Working Group (CPWG)

Recently Ratified by the ALAC

ICANN Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2021 – 2025
The ALAC stressed the importance of ICANN’s role in the multistakeholder model of Internet Governance (including 6 recommendations to improve its effectiveness), suggested a rebalancing of representation on the ICANN Board to enhance the Internet end user perspective, and noted that more fulsome cost/benefit analyses of programs like the gTLD expansion should be available in order predict the future impact on total resources. The ALAC also commented on strengthening the security of the Domain Name System (DNS) and the DNS Root Server System, evolving the unique identifier systems to continue to serve the needs of the global Internet user base, addressing geopolitical issues impacting ICANN’s mission to ensure a single and globally interoperable Internet, and ensuring ICANN’s long-term financial sustainability.

2nd Comment: ICANN Draft FY20 Operating Plan and Budget and Five-Year Operating Plan Update
The ALAC Chair determined to submit an additional ALAC statement on this public comment, in accordance with new rules regarding FY20 Additional Budget Requests (ABRs). As ABRs are no longer intended to request travel support to ICANN meetings, the ALAC decided to submit an additional comment to the FY20 Budget public comment, requesting two travel slots to support the attendance of active At-Large policy/outreach leaders in At-Large work session activities at ICANN meetings.

1st Comment: ICANN Draft FY20 Operating Plan and Budget and Five-Year Operating Plan Update
Of principle concern to the ALAC/At-Large is their ability to achieve the objectives of the At-Large Review Implementation Plan. The comments in the statement relate to particular portfolio or project areas and incorporate specific At-Large concerns, namely: language services, raising stakeholder awareness of ICANN worldwide, engage stakeholders regionally, support policy development, policy related and advisory activities, reinforce stakeholder effectiveness, collaboration and communication capabilities, coordination of ICANN participation in Internet Governance, supporting organizational reviews, and supporting stakeholder participation.

Work Track 5 on Geographic Names at the Top Level - Supplemental Initial Report of the New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Policy Development Process
The ALAC notes that there has yet to be a discussion about whether any new  gTLDs are needed. In case of an expansion, first and foremost, (1) strings with geographic connotations should not present harm (eg. risk for confusion) to end-users and (2) end-users, as residents of a given geographic entity, should have a say, through their governments or public authorities, in how its name is used. The ALAC prefers preventative protection mechanisms for country, territory, sub-national place and capital names. In the case of non-capital city names, there is a balanced support within the ALAC  for either (1) requiring support or a non-objection letter from the relevant authority only if the applicant intends to use the TLD primarily for purposes associated with the city or (2) requiring support or a non-objection letter in any case. As to the 2012 AGB, ALAC thinks that its final version generally worked well and supports, in general, its treatment of geographic names.

Note: The ALAC submitted comment to the EPDP Draft Final Report.

Public Comment for Decision

Proposal for Hebrew Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules  

Current Statements (ALAC Advice, Comment or Correspondence)

5. Reports and Discussion with At-Large Plus Leaders – Introduced by Maureen Hilyard  (15 minutes)

a. Liaisons: ccNSO; GAC, GNSO and SSAC (liaison: NCSG) 

b. WGs: CPWG, Subcommittee on Outreach and Engagement and FBSC


6. Items for ALAC Meeting of 26 February - Maureen Hilyard (5 minutes)

See: 2019-02-26 ALAC Monthly Teleconference

7. Any other Business - Maureen Hilyard (5 minutes)

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