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labelALAC Response

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Ratification Information:

On 31 March 2017, Staff confirmed that the online vote resulted in the ALAC endorsing the Statement with 14 votes in favor, 0 vote against, and 0 abstention. Please note that 93.33% (14) of the 15 ALAC Members participated in the poll. The ALAC Members who participated in the poll are (alphabetical order of the first name): Alan Greenberg, Alberto Soto, Andrei Kolesnikov, Bastiaan Goslings, Javier Rua, Kaili Kan, Harold Arcos, Holly Raiche, Leon Sanchez, Maureen Hilyard, Sebastien Bachollet, Seun Ojedeji, Tijani Ben Jemaa (shown as “1 anonymous” on the online result page due to paper ballot), Wafa Zaafouri. One ALAC Member, Garth Bruen, didn’t vote. You may view the result independently under:


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Ratification Information:

On 07 April 2017, all five RALOs have ratified the RALO Statement and indicated their support. AFRALO, EURALO, and NARALO each conducted an online vote among its ALSes and Individual Members, which resulted in the endorsement of the RALO Statement. APRALO and LACRALO endorsed the RALO Statement via general consensus on their mailing lists (APRALO, LACRALO).

Specifically, in the AFRALO poll, 57.69% (30) of the 52 ALSes participate with 30 ALSes in favor, 0 against, and 0 abstention. In the EURALO poll, 61.11% (22) of the 36 ALSes participated with 20 in favor, 1 against, and 1 abstention. In the NARALO poll, 87.50% (21) of the 24 ALSes (the group of NARALO Individual Members was given one vote and treated as an ALS in this poll) participated with 19 in favor, 2 against, and 0 abstention.

Currently, the At-Large Community is consist of 222 ALSes and an increasing number of Individual Members across 100 countries and territories. Our ALSes vary in sizes, some with membership number at hundreds, thousands, or even tens of thousands. Individually and in a bottom-up fashion, the ALS representatives consulted with their wider membership to determine their votes in the online poll or the consensus call. For more information about the ALS representation across the world, please click here


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ALAC Comments


Purpose/Mission of ALAC


As Two way conduit

Aim – more active, knowledgeable contributor



Openness of ALAC to End Users

Ability to Participate




Individual Membership

Implementation # 1: Adopt the Empowered Membership Model (EMM) as proposed to bring a

greater number of end users directly into ICANN policy making processes, and or engaged in At-Large outreach activities

Implementation # 5: Any individual from any region should be allowed to become an “At-Large

Member” (ALM). The ALM is what the Empowered Membership Model identifies as the atomic

element of the new At-Large model



Openness of policy processes

Comments in the Review that policy processes not open to individuals



Difficulty in participating in processes 

Implementation # 2: Engage more end users directly in ICANN Working Groups by adopting the Empowered Membership Model described in this document

Implementation # 3: Adopt the Empowered Membership Model described in this document to

engage more end users directly in ICANN work

Recommendation # 3:

At-Large should encourage greater direct participation by At-Large members in ICANN WGs by

adopting our proposed Empowered Membership Model.




Structure and Process of ALAC

Structure with ALT, ALAC, RALOs/ALSs

Adopt EMM Model – elements as follows:

(see chart in 11.3 of the Review)


Membership open to all internet users – become ALMs thru contacting RALOS

Eligible ALMs can vote for RALO rep on ALAC



ALAC composed of 2 directly elected members from each region & 5 NomCom reps – 1 from each region



Role of ALAC and RALOs merged: Role of ALAC – provide advice to Board based on feedback from Rapporterus/liaisons/ALMs



RALOS – 2 way function     -outreach – top down, andd  channeling end user input – top up. Also organizing regional mtgs



Role of ALT, ALAC, RALOs, ALSs

Implementation # 6: Adopt the Empowered Membership Model which changes the function of RALOs so that they are primarily an outreach and mentoring mechanism for engaging new entrants

Implementation # 7: As part of the Empowered Membership Model, elected RALO representatives become ALAC Members who not only deliberate on advice to the Board but

also serve as mentors to At-Large newcomers.



Role of ALAC WGs

Recommendation # 7:

At-Large should abandon existing internal Working Groups and discourage their creation in the

future, as they are a distraction from the actual policy advice role of At-Large.



Breadth of people in leadership/participants

Leadership team a ‘small group’ and need for renewal/term rotation etc




Creation of ‘Rapporteurs’

From EMM Model – idea to come from a member who has actively participated in a WG – limited term – with funding to attend 3 ICANN meetings



Create Council of Elders

Creation of 6 ‘Elders’ experienced but exceeded term limits



Current Criteria for ALS Membership

Too stringent – implicit in EMM model and stated in report



General/Regional Assemblies

Recommendation # 11:

At-Large should replace 5-yearly global ATLAS meetings with an alternative model of annual

regional At-Large Meetings.



Working with NCUC/NPOC

Implementation # 4: In the Empowered Membership Model individual users will be encouraged to participate in At-Large. Within this context there should be scope for further cooperation with the NCSG



Processes and Accountability

Terms of office holders/members

Implementation # 8: The ALAC Members should have a maximum of (2) terms, each of a 2-year duration.



ALAC/ALT processes

Recommendation # 2:

At-Large should be more judicious in selecting the amount of advice it seeks to offer, focusing upon quality rather than quantity.

Recommendation # 6:

Selection of seat 15 on ICANN Board of Directors. Simplify the selection of the At-Large Director. Candidates with experience in At-Large would self-nominate. The NomCom then vets

nominees to produce a slate of qualified candidates from which the successful candidate is chosen by random selection.




Recommendation # 16:

Adopt a set of metrics that are consistent for the entire At-Large Community to measure the

implementation and impact of the EMM and track the continuous improvement of the At-Large




Outreach and External Activities

Participation in Internet governance fora

Recommendation # 1:

At-Large Members from each region should be encouraged, and where possible funded, to participate in Internet governance / policy-related conferences/events (IGF, RIR ISOC) in their region, and to use these events as opportunities proactively to raise awareness among end users about the At-Large and the opportunities through them to engage in ICANN-related activities.

Recommendation # 5:

At-Large should redouble efforts to contribute to meetings between ICANN Senior Staff and Executives, ISOC (and other international organisations) to engage in joint strategic planning

for cooperative outreach.

Recommendation # 12:

As part of its strategy for regional outreach and engagement, the At-Large Community should continue to put a high priority on the organisation of external regional events. The five RALOs should continue, as part of their annual outreach strategies to partner with well-established

regional events involved in the Internet Governance ecosystem. CROPP and other funding mechanisms should be provided to support the costs of organisation and participation of At-

Large members.(see Section 5.3 on outreach)

Recommendation # 13:

Working closely with ICANN’s Regional Hubs and regional ISOC headquarters, At-Large should

reinforce its global outreach and engagement strategy with a view to encouraging the organisation of Internet Governance Schools in connection with each At-Large regional gathering which will in future take place in parallel with appropriate ICANN meetings.



More use of social media

Recommendation # 8:

At-Large should use social media much more effectively to engage with end users (e.g. via Twitter / Facebook polls, etc). These polls should not be binding in any way, but the ALAC can

use them as a gauge of end user opinion.

Recommendation # 10:

Consider the adoption and use of a Slack-like online communication platform. An instant

messaging-cum-team workspace (FOSS) alternative to replace Skype/Wiki/website/mailing list.




iCANN Staff

Report divided opinion on more involvement in policy – or not, support for research

Recommendation # 4:

At-Large Support Staff should be more actively involved in supporting ALM engagement in policy work for the ALAC, drafting position papers and other policy related work.

Recommendation # 9:

At-Large should appoint a part-time Web Community Manager position who will be responsible for inter alia for social media (Rec 8). These responsibilities could be allocated to an existing member of staff




Recommendation # 14:

In the interests of transparency, all opportunities for At-Large travel funding support should be published in one place on the At-Large webpage. A record of the beneficiaries of travel support should be published on the same page.

Implementation # 14: The proposed Empowered Membership Model (Section 11) conflates many of these roles and consequently frees up travel slots for new voices. For example the 5

RALOS are now part of the 15 ALAC Member list and 5 Liaison roles are also taken by NomCom appointed ALAC Members, leaving 2 for the Council of Elders and up to 10 slots for Rapporteurs for CCWGs and regular WGs (to be decided openly and transparently).

Recommendation # 15:

At-Large should be involved in the Cross-Community Working Group on new gTLD Auction Proceeds and initiate discussions with the ICANN Board of Directors with a view gaining access to these funds in support of the At-Large Community.



Board position

Discussion on different views on whether there should be an additional seat(s) for ALAC




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