At-Large Structures, or "ALSes", are groups throughout the world (either existing organizations or those newly formed for this purpose) focusing on participation by individual Internet users at the local or issue level. ICANN's At-Large community welcomes interested, qualified groups in all geographic regions to become "At-Large Structures."
Currently, there are 130 ALSes within the ICANN geographic region (Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America). ALSes consist of Internet civil society groups, computer user organizations, Internet Society chapters, consumer advocacy groups, community networking groups, academic and research organizations, and -rofessional societies (e.g. engineers, attorneys, etc.)
At-Large Structures are wholly independent from ICANN. Registration simply recognizes that these groups meet ICANN's criteria for involving individual Internet users at the local or issue level in ICANN activities, and for promoting individuals' understanding of, and participation in, ICANN.
Countries and Territories with ALS Representation:
The At-Large Structures currently represent the Internet users of more than 80 countries and territories worldwide. Here is a detailed overview:
|(last update: 7 Mar 2011)||AFRALO||APRALO||EURALO||LACRALO||NARALO||Global|
|Total No. ALSes||23||21||27||36||23||130|
|Total No. Countries/ Territories with ALS Rep:||14||28||17||16||6||81|
|Total No. Countries/ Territories:||54||73||75||33||8||243|
|Percentage Countries /territories w/ ALS Rep:||25.9%||38.4%||22.7%||48.5%||75.0%||33.3%|
The total number of countries and territories is based on ICANN's geographic regions.
Click here to review the discrepancies between physical location of the countries and territories and ICANN's geographic regions.
The following 61 countries and territories have direct ALS representation:
|A - F||G - N||P - V|
|Barbados||Hong Kong||Puerto Rico|
|China, P.R. of||Malaysia||Tanzania|
|Congo, D.R. of||Mexico||Tunisia|
|Cook Islands||Morocco||United Arabic Emirates|
|Costa Rica||Netherlands||United States|
|El Salvador||Niue, SW Pacific|
In addition to the countries listed above, the following 19 countries and territories are represented through the Pacific Islands Chapter of the Internet Society (PICISOC), an ALS in APRALO:
American Samoa (in North America according to ICANN's Geographic Regions)
Federated States of Micronesia
French Polynesia (in Europe according to ICANN's Geographic Regions)
Guam (in North America according to ICANN's Geographic Regions)
New Caledonia (in Europe according to ICANN's Geographic Regions)
Northern Marianas (in North America according to ICANN's Geographic Regions)
Papua New Guinea
Pitcairn (in Europe according to ICANN's Geographic Regions)
Wallis and Futuna (in Europe according to ICANN's Geographic Regions)