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 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:
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.
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 The results can also be viewed as curated here https://www.bigpulse.com/pollresults?code=378068yjpk6XHiExmScj7gA5yS
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