Date: Wednesday, 04 December 2019
Time: 18:30 - 20:00 UTC (For the time in various timezones click here)      

Meeting Number: AL.AF/CC.14  BDB 0919/1

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Conference ID: FR 1838 / EN 1638

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FR:  Etienne Tshishimbi, Imrane Ahmat Souleymane, Gabriel Bombambo Boseko, Abdrahamane Samba Sidibe, Bakary Kouyate, Bamba Vassindou, Minata ZONG-NABA, Michel Tchonang Linze, Gabdibé GAB-HINGONNE, Aziz Hilali, Olevie Kouami

EN: Patricia Akello, Nkem Nweke, Omar Shuran, Remmy Nweke, Vernatius Okwu Ezeama, Yazid Akanho, Raymond Mamattah, Seun Ojedeji, Daniel Nanghaka, Moses Serugo, Sarah Kiden, Mary Uduma, Jules Nizeyimana, Fatimata Sylla, Bakary Kouate, Ben Kyemba, Dave Kissoondoyal, Joan Katambi, Hadia Elminawi, Abdulkarim Oloyede,  Emmanuel Mfitumukiza, Ejikeme Egbougu, Bukola Oronti, Abdeldjalil Bachar Bong, Abdrahamane Samba Sidibe, Adam Ahmat Doungous, Ben Kyemba, Bob Ochieng, Caleb Ogundele, Chokri Ben Romdhane, Charles Acquah-Moses, Haroun Mahamat Cherif, Liz Orembo, Yaovi Atohoun, Moriam Sulaimon, Ramanou Biaou, Nouradine Abdelkerim Youssouf

Apologies: Adri Baard, Leon Sanchez, Wisdom Donkor

Staff: Heidi Ullrich, Claudia Ruiz, Michelle DeSmyter

FR Interpreters: Isabelle & Camila 

Call Management: Michelle DeSmyter


  1. Roll call (Staff) – 2 min
  2. Review of action items from previous meeting (Sarah/Staff) – 2 min
  3. Open ICANN Public Comments (Seun) – 5 min

At-Large Policy Resources

At-Large Capacity Building Workshop - An Introduction to Policy Development at ICANN
2019 ALAC Policy Comments & Advice
At-Large Policy Summary
At-Large Executive Summary page
Multistakeholder Advice Development graphic

Recently Ratified by the ALAC (Since last AFRALO Monthly Meeting)

DRAFT PTI and IANA FY21 Operating Plan and Budgets
The ALAC noted that the proposed PTI and IANA FY21 Operating Plan and Budgets are aligned with the ICANN Strategic Plan, and are also very similar to previous years' budgets. An adjustment in the PTI budget is noticeable, including adjustments in salaries, services and other administrative cross-charges from ICANN to PTI or IANA.

However, the ALAC pointed out that even though this evolution involves a big change in the governance of the Root Server System, these changes are not reflected in the proposed PTI and IANA FY21 Operating Plan and Budgets. The ALAC asked several exploratory questions in their response.

Public Comment for Decision 

Proposal for Future Root Zone KSK Rollovers  

Current Statements (ALAC Advice, Comment or Correspondence)

4. Reports

a. Recent and upcoming ALAC activities (Tijani, Dave, Abdulkarim) – 5 min

b. Recent and upcoming AFRALO/ALS activities (All)  - 5 min

c. Outreach and Engagement (Daniel) - 2 min

d. NomCom update (Hadia) - 2 min

e. AFRALO at IGF2019 - 3 min

5. Updates/Items for discussion

       a. Update on ICANN66 and AFRALO participation at ATLAS III (All) - 5 min

            - GSE Africa call on key takeaways from ICANN66 (Yaovi/Seun) - 3 min

               [See presentation and call recordings for English and French]

            - Update on fellowship mentorship and next ICANN Fellowship round (Sarah) - 2 min

       b. AFRALO Newsletter update (Remmy Nweke, Olivier Kouami, Sarah) - 5 min

       c. Upcoming call on IDNs and Universal Acceptance (Sarah/Seun) - 3 min

       d. Review of AFRALO individual members rules of procedures (Seun, Tijani, Sarah) -2 min

       e. FY20 RALO requests for funding to support an outreach activity (Heidi/Seun) - 3 min

6. New At-Large Structure (ALS) & individual member applications (Sarah) – 5 min

     ALS applications

     293 - ACSIS Cote D'Ivore

     Individual membership applications

    AFRALO Observer to confirm membership status. (Sarah, Evin)

7. AOB – 5 min

Ordre du Jour (Français)   

  1. Appel - Liste de Présence (Personnel) – 2 min
  2. Revue des Actions à suivre de la réunion précédente (Mohamed, Fatimata, Sarah) – 2 min
  3. Consultations publiques ouvertes d' ICANN (Seun) – 5 min

At-Large Ressources Directives

ALAC 2019 - Commentaires & Suggestions politiques

Page Sommaire d'At-Largeésumé de ligne d'action At-Large

Graphique d'evolution des recommendations des multi-parties prenantes

Récemment ratifié par l'ALAC

Proposed Definition of Name Collisions and Scope of Inquiry for the Name Collisions Analysis Project
The ALAC considers the issue of Name Collision in the DNS an area of importance for the minimization of unintended consequences for Internet end users. The ALAC appreciates the need to have a Name Collision definition for purposes of scoping the inquiry for the Name Collision Analysis Project (NCAP), in order for the NCAP Study One to be manageable and on point, and therefore supports the Proposed Definition of Name Collision and Scope of Inquiry for the Name Collision Analysis Project of 1 July 2019. Of particular importance to us are:

(1) The recognition and inclusion of Type B situations (ie. B. In scope but not intended to be the subject of data studies) which provides built-in peripheral consideration of such situations with decision for examination through data analysis at a later stage if a compelling case were to arise within Study One; and

(2) The possibility of amending the Definition of Name Collision and Scope of Inquiry for the Name Collision Analysis Project should further pertinent information come to light at a later stage either through the ongoing work of the NCAP DG, NCAP Working Party and/or input obtained from the party/ies eventually contracted to undertake NCAP Study One.  

Evolving the Governance of the Root Server System
The ALAC strongly supports the overall proposal and appreciates the opportunity to comment. The RSS, according to RRSAC37, needs to evolve so it remains a reliable, resilient, and sustainable service in the face of increasing traffic and cyberattacks. However, the ALAC finds it difficult to accept that ICANN is not considered a primary stakeholder with regard to the RSS, given that the Domain Name System and its reliable and trusted operation is a prime reason for ICANN’s existence. The ALAC also encourages that Internet users, the ultimate user and beneficiary of the DNS, should be listed as having a stake in the existence and evolution of the RSS.

The financial model is also of some concern to the ALAC. No figures are provided to allow even order-of-magnitude estimates. It is surely time that we begin to understand exactly what level of funding will be required and hypothesize on where such funding will come from.

Draft Financial Assumptions & Projections and Operating Initiatives for the development of Fiscal Years 2021-2025 Operating & Financial Plan
The ALAC considered the Draft Financial Assumptions, Projections and Operating Initiatives, and offered comments on the following topics among others: 

  • The ALAC is not optimistic that Financial Assumptions A (Roll-out of New gTLDs) and B (New Business Models – Geographic gTLDs and Brand gTLDs) will be highly successful vehicles to new revenue. Although the first round of new gTLDs did bring in considerable revenue, the ALAC notes that these earlier rounds represented the “low hanging fruit” in the new gTLD market.
  • The ALAC agrees that ICANN continue to put money towards the an urgent need to resolve current challenges around Universal Acceptance, as well as the primary strategic goal of security, stability and trust.
  • The ALAC agrees that work which needs to be done on evolving the multistakeholder system is substantial and complex and that it must be ongoing with adequate resources directed towards its completion. The objectives related to diverse and inclusive participation in policy making in an efficient and effective way are essential to improving the system, underlining that face-to-face meetings are essential to the functioning of the multistakeholder model.
  • The ALAC/At-Large community propose some clarity via a listing of priorities and statements on the impact of each project on ICANN org and on each of the unique ACs and SOs. The community believes that while policy development and implementation activities are integral to the planning process, so are other activities, such as those that enable communication, collaboration, and outreach, between RALOS, At-Large members and other constituencies.

Commentaire public pour décision
Proposal for Future Root Zone KSK Rollovers 

Déclarations actuelles (conseil, commentaire ou communication d'ALAC)

4. Rapports

a. Activités récentes / à venir de l'ALAC (Tijani, Dave, Abdulkarim) - 5 min

b. Activités récentes / à venir des membres d'AFRALO (tous) - 5 min

c. Sensibilisation et Engagement (Daniel) - 2 min

d. Mise à jour du NomCom (Hadia) - 2 min

e.  AFRALO à l' IGF2019 - 3 min

5. Sujets de discussion

        a. Mise à jour sur la réunion ICANN66 et sur la participation d'AFRALO à ATLAS III (All) - 5 min

            - Appel de GSE Afrique sur les points à retenir de l'ICANN66 (Yaovi/Seun) - 3 min

               [Voir presentation et enregistrements d'appels pour l'Anglais et Française

            - Mise à jour sur le mentorat de la bourse pour le prochain cycle de bourses de l'ICANN (Sarah) - 2 min

        b. Bulletin d'information AFRALO (Remmy Nweke, Olivier Kouami, Sarah) - 5 min

        c. Discussion sur IDNs et l'acceptation universelle (Sarah/Seun) - 3 min

        d. Examen des règles de procédure des membres individuels d'AFRALO (Seun, Tijani, Sarah) - 2 min

        e. Demandes de financement de RALO pour l'exercise FY20 pour le soutien des activités de sensibilisation (Heidi/Seun) - 3 min

6. Nouvelles candidatures de Structure At-Large (ALS) et des candidatures individuelles (Sarah, Mohamed, Fatimata) - 5min

    Demandes d'ALS

    293 - ACSIS Cote D'Ivoire

   Les candidatures individuelles

   AFRALO Observateur pour confirmer le statut de membre.

7. Question diverses (tous) – 5 min 

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