A. November EURALO meeting
The meeting focused on important events and issues such as EURALO - RIPE MOU signing at ICANN60 meeting, call for EURALO Board 2017 - 2019, IGF Geneva 2017. As well, other important subjects were discussed, including the EURALO hot topics.
The call for EURALO Board members for the term 2017 and 2019 https://community.icann.org/display/EURALO/EURALO+Board+2017-2019+Workspace
The new EURALO Board's call which, was chronicled with the proposal made by Jean-Jacques Subrenat (JJS) sometime last year, 2016, assigning specific responsibilities to individual Board members. The proposal met with a quick objection from EURALO members (two) - Yrjö Länsipuro suggested that we need to balance the European geographic region with the Board members, so going with assigning responsibility to individual Board members may not be an optimal idea. The point raised by YL was supported by another member present on the call.
Wale Bakare (BW) commented that, rather than outright discarding the proposal balancing the Board composition with the EURALO responsibilities still achievable and making board active at the same time, regardless of the number of people that would constitute the board. At that end, JJS said he is dropping the proposal, that is, further talks have been discontinued.
WT5 Geographic Names: the WT5 for Geographic-names was raised by Christopher Wilkinson (CW). Tatiana Tropina (TT) asked why can't the WT5 be included as EURALO Hot-topics. (CW) suggested that as ALAC 'co-lead' would like to know which EURALO members have joined the WT5 and have views about protection and use of geographical names, terms/indications etc. Asked EURALO members to send him an e-mail if interested.
B. December EURALO Meeting
The December meeting was opened by EURALO Chair, Olivier Crépin-Leblond (OCL). The meeting is reported below in accordance with the confirmed agenda:
At-Large Public and Policy consultations were discussed, with some updates from EURALO members who are active in one or more of CCWG sub-groups.
The meeting agenda was followed by the EURALO Board appointments for the term 2017 to 2019 https://community.icann.org/display/EURALO/EURALO+Board+2017-2019+Workspace.
The EURALO Chair made a remark regarding point raised by Roberto Gaetano. The issue is of geographical distribution and/or representation of one candidate per country and any incidence on the voting process. That was supported by citing the below rules, by Olivier:
The size of the EURALO Board will be 5 members, plus ex-officio, the EURALO Chair, and EURALO Secretary;2. There should be a maximum limit of 1 Board member per country; 3. Each EURALO At-Large Structure will be given 5 votes that they will need to cast on 5 people;4. As is the usual custom in votes involving people, votes will take place by secret ballot;5. The Board will be selected for a two-years-term, and as a novelty: not performing Board members can be recalled after one year to allow to be replaced by better candidates.
In addition, Erich Schweighofer (ES) also in support of the rules and suggested should not be changed during elections but the topic needs better solutions than now.
Likewise, JJS commented by reiterating voting rules, directly to OCL, the EURALO Chair: He said, “I would like to repeat that, according to rules currently applicable, as previously stated by Silvia. There should be a maximum limit of 1 Board member per country; which implies that the restriction per country only concerns the members of the Board, not the candidates”.
However, as members were dissecting the possibility of whether the rule or not for the EURALO Board election, Chair suggested Adobe Connect Room temperature should be taken for, either the rules should be removed for the election or not. The implication of that, however, if the rule was to be removed the election would restart afresh.
Meanwhile, after the AC Room temperature was taken and the majority of EURALO members did not want the rule lifting for this year EURALO Board election.
Subsequently, each candidate vying for the EURALO Board presented their interests to members, according to their listing at Wiki https://community.icann.org/display/EURALO/EURALO+Board+2017-2019+Workspace However, it was suggested by the Chair that the future EURALO Board address the procedure for the vote and selection criteria for EURALO Board.
Then updates on the preparation for the IGF 2017 in Geneva were provided and further details can be perused at https://community.icann.org/display/atlarge/At-Large+Outreach+activities+at+IGF+2017+Geneva
The report about the At-Large FY19 Additional Budget. EURALO Chair made comment about using the additional budget request for CROP activities, https://community.icann.org/display/atlarge/At-Large+FY19+Additional+Budget+Request+Workspace
And lastly, the ICANN Academy 2018 Leadership program report; Olivier said, the selection of EURALO members to the program should be between the newcomer and the old timer. This time is between Bastiaan Goslings (EURALO ALAC member) (BG) and WB (EURALO Secretary).
EURALO Chair, OCL promised to do a follow-up conversation with BG and WB on the ICANN Academy 2018 Leadership Program Registration.
The EURALO Board to choose among the two candidates for the Leadership Program.
C. EURALO Board Election Results
At closes of election on Friday 15 December 2017 23:59 UTC.
Number of voters: 26 · Group size: 36 · Percentage voted: 72.22
Ranked by votes
Annette Mühlberg (Germany)
Erich Schweighofer (Austria)
Yrjö Länsipuro (Finland)
Roberto Gaetano (Italy)
Jean-Jacques Subrenat (France)
Clément Genty (France)
Matthias Markus Hudobnik (Austria)
The results can also be viewed as curated here https://www.bigpulse.com/pollresults?code=378068yjpk6XHiExmScj7gA5yS
Out of 7 members vying for the EURALO Board membership, candidates 1, 2 3, 4 and 5 polled the most votes cast at 15 December 2017 23.59 UTC.
The elected candidates are Annette Mühlberg (Germany), Erich Schweighofer (Austria), Yrjö Länsipuro (Finland), Roberto Gaetano (Italy), and Jean-Jacques Subrenat (France).
They are elected to serve the EURALO Board Members for the period of two years beginning in December 2017.
D. The 12th Internet Governance Forum(IGF), Geneva 2017, in Switzerland
The 12th global Internet Governance Forum (IGF), organized by the United Nations and took place at the United Nations office, Geneva, Switzerland between 18 – 21 December 2017.
There were various, parallel activities that took place including sessions for multistakeholder discussion of policy dialogue on issues – Artificial Intelligence, DNS and Emerging Identifiers, Internet-of-Things (IoT) etc. Also, At-Large Outreach and Engagement, Workshops, individual internet end users at the ICANN and At-Large booths. As reported at the At-Large IGF Geneva matrix Wiki page https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sIeZecgH7LeyUuPmT4Vo7Z5NoXePhfpnW9O4d0rqu_w/edit# there were 109+ internet end users interested in joining At-Large, at their various RALOs. However, there are 21 individual end users who signified interests in joining our regional At-Large; EURALO. Also, pictures of At-Large members taken during sessions, at booths, dinner, workshops can be viewed at https://www.flickr.com/photos/glennmcknight/albums/72157688188242422
The full At-Large engagement and capacity development at the IGF Geneva, where EURALO members were actively involved can be perused at the IGF Geneva Evaluation Matrix Wiki page https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sIeZecgH7LeyUuPmT4Vo7Z5NoXePhfpnW9O4d0rqu_w/edit?ts=5a42899d
The At-Large at the 2017 IGF – Sights and Sounds https://community.icann.org/display/atlarge/At-Large+at+the+2017+IGF+-+Sights+and+Sounds
EURALO Brainstorming Session at IGF 2017
Some of the EURALO members at the IGF 2017 in Geneva, gathered together during the joint ICANN/Internet Society reception on Tuesday 19th December 2017. The brainstorming session, as suggested by the new EURALO Board members (Annette Mühlberg, Erich Schweighofer, and Roberto Gaetano) who were present at the evening of the reception.
The ad-hoc brainstorming session was undertaken by approximately 10-15 ALS and individual EURALO members present at the IGF in Geneva, during the joint ICANN/ISOC reception on the evening of Tuesday 19th December 2017.
Details are captured at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1i-6KSQ7lp-kCJ3oDc3mXJnDxEwQFbhN627OcdXckaUw/edit#
EURALO’s October 2017 Secretariat report is focused majorly on the events that took place at ICANN60 meeting in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) between 28 October and 3rd November 2017. One of such is the European At-Large Organization Organization (EURALO) - Réseaux IP Européens (RIPE) Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony. Also, discussion about the preparation for the upcoming regional's internet related policy discussions; the United Nations' Internet Governance Forum (IGF) which will take place in Geneva, Switzerland between 18 - 22 December 2017.
According to the EURALO Chair, Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond said, in his email to the EURALO members: