|No.||Recommendation||Recipient||Thematic Group Source||Assignees||Status|
|17||ICANN needs to be sensitive to the fact that social media are blocked in certain countries and, in conjunction with technical bodies, promote credible alternatives||ICANN GSE Staff; ICANN CIIO||TG2|
- Social Media WG assignees of this Rec to do the reporting
- The objective of social media is to share information about At-Large and encourage target audience to engage with the community
- Slack can be a better alternative tool for group chat
- (update from the GSE, slides)
- Note on slide: ICANN is sensitive to this issue but this topic could be considered outside of ICANN’s technical remit. It would be helpful to hear more from At-Large on this recommendation.
- TTF has looked into various tools as alternatives to mainstream social media tools. For example, slack can be used to curate/publish social media content blocked in certain regions. Testing of slack is yet to be done.
Input from Social Media Working Group:
- Review the social media platforms blocked in certain countries/regions (e.g.http://citizenlab.org/) & alternative platforms local to those countries/regions
- Assignees (Beran Dondeh Gillen, Bukola Fawole, Murray McKercher, Glenn McKnight) to research alternative social media platforms in countries that block Facebook, Twitter, and/or YouTube & report back to the group via mailing list and future WG call
- Assignees to to contact the citizen lab and find out previous research on this subject
- Glenn McKnight to follow up with the other assignees on this Rec
- Ariel Liang & Murray McKercherto explore ICANN's Wechat account
- ICANN has launched Wechat and YouKu accounts to reach audience in mainland China
- Slack can separate conversations based on topics via hashtags and do search of the messages globally. Slack is a good alternative tool for internal communications of the community, especially At-Large. Skype has various challenges, as it can easily loose chat history. Slack has a great mechanism for retaining chat history. It also has various add-ons/integration with other tools.
Input from Technology Taskforce:
- At-Large Workshop on “TOR and alternative naming mechanisms to the DNS” held at ICANN Singapore 2014 https://community.icann.org/x/7CPRAg
- TTF has looked at Group Chat services (https://community.icann.org/x/Hr3hAg) such as Slack, HipChat and Hall.
- At-Large Social Media WG is researching alternative social media platforms where traditional ones are blocked.
- While the TTF considered listing several platforms/services that allow access to blocked services, it was felt that even listing such services could be construed as endorsing breaking of national laws, irrespective of whether we (global At-Large) think such laws/restrictions are unjust.
- TTF has a meeting with David Goulet, Tor developer, and explored social media/communications channels used in regions that block certain mainstream platforms
- ICANN has implemented alternative chat services, such as SLACK, which has the capability to curate tweets and feeds from various social media channels
- ICANN Comms has developed Wechat, Weibo, YouKu to reach the Chinese public that cannot access Facebook, Twitter, etc.