[ALAC] Proposal for ALAC work on future challenges

Marc Rotenberg rotenberg at epic.org
Sun Mar 27 15:14:59 UTC 2011


Dear Jean-Jacque, all,

A few comments:

As for the Work Plan, it would be good to find categories
and themes that do not duplicate current ICANN topics.
So. for example, instead of "new TLDs" and "WHOIS,"
which have been on the ICANN agenda for many years,
could we consider "consumer protection" or "transparency"
as possible topics? In other words, the Work Plan should
provide an opportunity to explore new themes that could
help shape the direction of ICANN

It would also be good to begin with the mission statement
for ALAC set out in the ICANN Bylaws. This is the key excerpt:

> The role of the At-Large Advisory Committee ("ALAC") shall be to consider and provide advice on the activities of ICANN, insofar as they relate to the interests of individual Internet users. Art. XI, Sec. 9(4)

http://www.icann.org/en/general/bylaws.htm

This should be the touchstone for our work going forward.

As for the name, it would be in keeping with our intent to
avoid an acronym, or at least to treat it is as a secondary
designation.  Perhaps "ALAC Task Force on the Future
of the Global Public Interest" or "ALAC Task Force on the 
Future of the Internet" or "ALAC Task Force on the Future
of ICANN." Any of these titles could be abbreviated
"ALAC TF-F" but each title will convey additional meaning.

I would suggest also that we explicitly consider techniques
for receiving comments from the RALOs, ALSs and the
larger user community. 

Thank you for considering these comments. I would be interested
in being considered for co-chair if that is appropriate.

Regards,

Marc Rotenberg.

On Mar 27, 2011, at 12:57 AM, Jean-Jacques SUBRENAT wrote:

> Dear All,
> 
> after the initial e-mail from a week ago, here are the suggested next
> steps.
> 
> WORK PLAN: as discussed before the vote, the idea is to have a limited
> number of themes (not more than 5?) to effectively cover areas the
> At-Large structures consider to be strategic. This does not imply any
> shift of attention away from other areas currently covered, nor from
> existing or expected obligations of the ALAC (response to Board request
> for advice, etc). To start the ball rolling, here are my own suggestions:
> - The global public interest (definition, overlap or separation of roles
> between various parts of the ICANN community, desired contribution from
> At-Large structures, action and possible impact by the ALAC on ICANN
> policy and orientations);
> - Key areas of possible ALAC action to uphold the global public interest
> (for starters: new TLDs, WHOIS,...);
> - Beyond the ALAC Review recommendations: how to increase the impact of
> At-Large within ICANN (policy formation, working with other components of
> ICANN, a communications policy for At-Large).
> 
> MEMBERSHIP, CHAIR(s): Please indicate if you are interested in being part
> of this team, and if you'd accept being co-chair. It is suggested that
> once the membership has been approved by the ALAC for 2011-2012, the Task
> Force will designate its 2 co-chairs (2 in order to cope with temporary
> unavailability of either, and because it's a best practice). When a member
> leaves, (s)he may be replaced numerically by another volunteer.
> 
> CHARTER: this should cover the term of the mandate (2011-12), strategic
> areas to be covered (see above), membership, mode of selection of the two
> co-chairs, and the usual administrative aspects (Staff support, frequency
> of meetings, reporting, archives, etc.). If our Chair or the ExCom agree,
> I would be grateful if Staff sent around what they consider a workable
> charter model (when I was on the Board, this was dealt with extensively by
> the BGC).
> 
> NAME: during the discussion before the vote, TF-F (ALAC Task Force
> 'Future') was put forward. What's your view?
> 
> We'll have time to cover other aspects, or go into more detail, at the
> next stage. 
> 
> I'd be grateful for your input.
> 
> Regards,
> Jean-Jacques.
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> On 17/03/11 10:42, "Jean-Jacques SUBRENAT" <jjs.global at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
>> Dear All,
>> 
>> - thank you Chair for accommodating my request to make a quick oral
>> presentation this morning (Thursday 17 March);
>> - I am grateful to Evan and Gareth for moving and seconding a motion, and
>> thank you colleagues for supporting it.
>> 
>> Taking into account remarks made so far by members of the ALAC, my
>> proposal now reads:
>> 
>> PURPOSE AND NAME
>> 
>> It is suggested the group be called, at least for the time being, ALAC
>> Task Force F (for Future), or TF-F. The notion of "task force" underlines
>> its temporary nature, the fact that its duty is to address a given set of
>> issues, and that it is expected to deliver results within a given time
>> frame.
>> 
>> MEMBERSHIP
>> 
>> It is hoped the composition of TF-F will be fairly representative of
>> overall geographic diversity of the At-Large structures, but clearly
>> personal motivation is of prime importance. Once the list of members has
>> been established and agreed upon by ALAC, the members of TF-F will choose
>> their two co-chairs (this can be done by e-mail, or in a conference call).
>> Once constituted, TF-F may call upon experts, as required.
>> 
>> PROGRAMME
>> 
>> The first task of TF-F will be to propose a limited list of (perhaps 3 or
>> 4) priority issues which the ALAC should address in the near future,
>> because of their impact on the global Internet, on ICANN, on At-Large.
>> ALAC members are encouraged to consult their regional communities on the
>> topics which are considered of importance. Once the ALAC has established
>> the initial list of issues, these shall constitute the core of the work
>> programme for TF-F for 2011.
>> 
>> STAFF SUPPORT
>> 
>> In parallel to the membership of TF-F being finalized, it would be
>> necessary to finalize arrangements for Staff support for TF-F.
>> 
>> VERY NEXT STEPS
>> 
>> ALAC members interested in taking part in this work are requested to reply
>> to this e-mail to
>> 
>> *    make known their candidacy
>> *    list the 3 to 5 topics they consider At-Large should take a position
>> on, with regard to the future of the Internet, ICANN, or At-Large (in
>> their order of priority, 1 being the most important or urgent). At this
>> stage, the wording of these topics should be brief and self-evident.
>> 
>> **
>> 
>> 
>> I'd be glad to respond to any questions or comments.
>> 
>> Regards,
>> Jean-Jacques.
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> On 17/03/11 08:41, "ICANN At-Large Staff" <staff at atlarge.icann.org> wrote:
>> 
>>> Dear All, 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> Please see below a proposal by Jean-Jacques on the use of a currently
>>> standing Working Group or the establish of a Task Force to discuss
>>> emerging
>>> ALAC challenges. This proposal will be discussed during today's Wrap-Up
>>> Session: 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> **   
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> Dear All,
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> at the ALAC meeting on Sunday 13 March, a proposal was made regarding a
>>> working group or task force which would discuss emerging challenges and
>>> the
>>> way ALAC should address them. Building upon the debate which followed,
>>> and
>>> on conversations which have taken place since then, the following
>>> elements
>>> are submitted to your approval and/or discussion:
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> PURPOSE AND NAME
>>> 
>>> It is suggested the group would be called, at least for the time being,
>>> ALAC
>>> Task Force F (for Future), or TF-F. The notion of "task force" underlines
>>> its temporary nature, the fact that its duty is to address a given set of
>>> issues, and that it is expected to deliver results within a given time
>>> frame.
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> MEMBERSHIP
>>> 
>>> It is hoped the composition of TF-F will be fairly representative of
>>> ALAC's
>>> overall geographic diversity, but clearly personal motivation is of prime
>>> importance. Once the list of members has been established and agreed upon
>>> by
>>> ALAC, the members of TF-F will choose their two co-chairs (this can be
>>> done
>>> by e-mail, or in a conference call). Once constituted, TF-F may call upon
>>> experts, as required.
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> PROGRAMME
>>> 
>>> The first task of TF-F will be to propose a limited list of (perhaps 3 or
>>> 4)
>>> priority issues which the ALAC should address in the near future, because
>>> of
>>> their impact on the global Internet, on ICANN, on ALAC. These issues
>>> shall
>>> constitute the core of the work programme for TF-F for 2011.
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> STAFF SUPPORT
>>> 
>>> In parallel to the membership of TF-F being finalized, it would be
>>> necessary
>>> to finalize arrangements for Staff support for TF-F.
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> VERY NEXT STEPS
>>> 
>>> ALAC members interested in taking part in this work are requested to
>>> reply
>>> to this e-mail to
>>> 
>>> *    make known their candidacy
>>> *    list the 3 or 4 topics they consider ALAC should take a position on,
>>> with regard to the future of the Internet, ICANN, or ALAC (in their order
>>> of
>>> priority, 1 being the most important or urgent). At this stage, the
>>> wording
>>> of these topics should be brief and self-evident.
>>> 
>>> **
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> Regards,
>>> 
>>> Heidi Ullrich, Matthias Langenegger, Seth Greene, Gisella Gruber-White,
>>> Marilyn Vernon, 
>>> 
>>> ICANN At-Large Staff
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
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>> 
>> 
> 
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