[ALAC-ExCom] Loose ends to tie up

Carlton Samuels carlton.samuels at gmail.com
Thu Apr 7 20:06:01 UTC 2011

Dear Olivier:
Your list of things makes it abundantly clear that the ALAC MUST cherry-pick
its issues and focus it resources if it is to remain influential.

And there are 3 core strategic imperatives for us.

To my mind we must keep on top of the GNSO processes because of all that
they imply for a few things we should care about in context of  gTLDs: all
matters related to consumer protection, choice and access.

The ALAC must insist that a continuous messaging and feedback capability
must be built into ICANN operations and maintained to vouchsafe the
transparency and accountability framework to which it is supposed to be

Finally, if we must advance At-Large interest, we should look for and
cultivate opportunities to collaborate with other stakeholder groups in
projecting our interests thru joint initiatives and seeing them thru to


Carlton A Samuels
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*Strategy, Planning, Governance, Assessment & Turnaround*

On Wed, Apr 6, 2011 at 2:17 PM, Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond <ocl at gih.com>wrote:

> Dear ALAC ExCom members,
> the past few weeks have seen a real surge of activity at ALAC.
> First, we had the preparations of the San Francisco Meeting, with a race
> to the finish to get as much work completed in the At-Large Improvements
> Work Teams. Then we had a San Francisco meeting with the largest ever
> number of sessions ever: 19 formal sessions and 2 cross-constituency
> meetings. Add to this the NARALO showcase and the Internet Town Hall
> event - plus all the work which everyone did outside of meetings,
> speaking to people in other constituencies etc. Saying that it was a
> busy week is indeed an understatement.
> Post-ICANN San Francisco meeting, there usually is a week where everyone
> attending recovers, staff included, from the exhausting 12+ hour days
> (and nights) that we were all subjected to, in addition to recovering
> from Jet Lag & travelling. It was also time for many of us to catch-up
> with our daily lives, including work.
> This time around, there was no such lull. We (the At-Large Community as
> a whole) worked flat out for the following:
> - a response to the GAC ScoreCard was sent to the GAC and to the Board
> - ALAC comments on the NTIA Notice of Enquiry were sent to the NTIA
> Finalised. Currently voting:
> - a response to the public comment on Proposed New GNSO Policy
> Development Process
> <http://www.icann.org/en/public-comment/#gnso-pdp-final-report>
> - a response to the public comment on Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy
> Part B Working Group Proposed Final Report
> <http://www.icann.org/en/public-comment/#irtp-b-proposed-final-report>
> - a response to the public comment on Proposed Framework for the Fiscal
> Year 2012 (FY12) Operating Plan and Budget
> <http://www.icann.org/en/public-comment/#op-budget-fy2012>
> - a response to the public comment on Draft Proposal for the Study of
> Issues Related to the Delegation of IDN Variant TLDs
> <http://www.icann.org/en/public-comment/#idn-variant-tld>
> - a response to the public comment on Proposed Recommendations for a
> Global Outreach Program
> <http://www.icann.org/en/public-comment/#gnso-outreach>
> To be finalised today & vote starting:
> - a response to the public comment on The Security, Stability and
> Resiliency of the DNS Review Team Set of Issues
> <http://www.icann.org/en/public-comment/#ssr-rt-issues>
> Still to be finalised (at various stages, including voting open) and
> sent out:
> - a response to the public comment on WHOIS Review Team
> <http://www.icann.org/en/public-comment/#whois-rt>
> - a response to the public comment on Post-Expiration Domain Name
> Recovery Working Group Proposed Final Report
> <http://www.icann.org/en/public-comment/#pednr-proposed-final-report>
> With the current tidal wave of work coming close to completion, we still
> have plenty of tasks pending:
> - finalise recommendations from the At-Large Improvements Working Teams
> so as to create a report to the ALAC. This will lead to the next stage
> in the ALAC improvements.
> - continue post-At-Large Selected Board Director de-briefings.
> So far, the ABSdt has de-briefed the BCEC during a conference call --
> but not enough BCEC members attended the call and a reminder should be
> sent to remaining BCEC members for their post-process de-briefing. Next,
> the ABSdt needs to de-brief the candidates. Past that, the ABSdt needs
> to put together a report of lessons learnt from the full selection
> process. I am hoping that a set of "best practices" might be developed
> in order to include in our future "At-Large knowledgebase"
> - review, revive, or archive working groups
> The ALAC currently has a lot of working groups which appear not to be
> that active. It is important for the ALAC to examine each working group
> in turn, and decide on either archiving it, or reviving it. If a working
> group is to be closed, I urge that the information about the group, its
> findings, its work, its conversations, get archived properly in the
> At-Large knowledgebase too.
> For those working groups that are being revived, they need to be
> publicised, and a clear set of goals set for each.
> For new working groups that are being created, a procedure has to be
> followed, along with a clear mission etc.
> - prepare the joint session of the GNSO's Business Constituency (BC)
> with At-Large. There should be an opportunity to exchange views between
> the BC and ALAC prior to the Singapore meeting.
> - Drive the JAS CWG forward. There's plenty of work to be done there,
> with a tight deadline.
> - Set-up an at-Large Knowledge Management System (which can contain
> information such as the knowledgebase referred to earlier in this message)
> - Prepare the next round of At-Large promotion with ICANN Comms Dept.
> (Scott Pinzon)
> That's all I can think about at the moment but I know there's much more
> (DSSA-WT, other CWGs, etc.) I'd be grateful if Staff could complete this
> list with the Action Items from San Francisco. I hear there were many,
> so I guess we need to start chewing through these as well.
> Finally, I think it's also time for me to really thank all of you for
> working hard on all of those subjects. Since I have taken over the Chair
> from Cheryl, I have been so impressed with the work done by all of you.
> Some of you have gone further than anything that's to be expected from
> an unpaid volunteer. I just want you to know that not only have I
> noticed this and am I very grateful about this, but I have received
> echoes from Board members as well as members of other constituencies
> (GAC included) who have noticed the high quality of output and the
> length we all go to, to collect the Internet's end user viewpoint, put
> some shape to a statement and present it. I have even been asked by some
> people about our method to keep volunteers involved and interested and
> willing to spend time on writing statements. I did not know what to
> answer - I just told them I was really lucky to have such a strong and
> determined team around me.
> My last words in this email go to At-Large Support Staff: Heidi,
> Gisella, Seth, Marilyn. These post-ICANN-meeting couple of weeks have
> been a white-knuckle roller-coaster ride. I am well aware that this
> level of activity is completely unsustainable in regards to the staff
> resources we currently have, especially in the light of the current
> under-staffing status left by Matthias' departure. I can only offer my
> most grateful thanks for all of your work. I don't know how you find
> time to get some sleep. I am awed by the  miracles you perform daily.
> In the future, we'll have to find a way to avoid such a situation from
> happening again:
> (1) fill that coordinator position
> (2) immediately identify any peak of Public Comments and immediately
> engage the process to spread them in time
> (3) select the Public Comments which the ALAC should really respond to,
> and not respond to - if possible. I am saying *if possible* because
> there are times when *everything* needs commenting on because every
> subject is important
> That's all for today. I'm sure there's more, but I've reached my single
> brain cell buffer limit for this hour.
> Kind regards,
> Olivier
> --
> Olivier MJ Crépin-Leblond, PhD
> http://www.gih.com/ocl.html
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