Alan Greenberg alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca
Tue Aug 1 03:11:50 UTC 2017

One of the results of the first At-Large Review was the 
recommendation that the ALAC Chair be appointed for 2-year terms. The 
logistics of that was problematic - at any given time, half of the 
ALAC only has one year more remaining in their ALAC term. When the 
Rules of Procedure were re-written in 2012-13, the solution was to 
elect the Chair for a term on one year, but with the option, at the 
Chair's discretion, to extend the term to 2 years if the Chair was 
still an ALAC Member and willing to serve. That served to implement 
the two-year term, but only when the person was available to serve 
the 2nd year. The applicable ALAC RoP 5.4, 8.1 and 8.2 are reproduced 
at the end of this message.

I was re-elected as Chair last year, and thus I now have to decide 
whether I will stay as Chair for the coming year. I have thought 
about this over the last months and considered all of the issues, 
including the optics of staying on in light of the ITEMS Review 
accusation of entrenched leadership resisting change (a position that 
the ALAC strongly rejected in its comments) and in light of what has 
been accomplished during my tenure as Chair. Although it has been a 
very busy three years, much of my and our efforts have been focused 
on the IANA Stewardship Transition and ICANN Accountability. As a 
result, my hopes at increasing our ALS effectiveness have not come to 
fruition, as clearly evidenced by the At-Large Review results.

On balance, I have decided to extend my term for an additional year 
to continue the work with ALS effectiveness, to see the ICANN 
Accountability efforts come to a completion and to start (and 
hopefully partially complete) the At-Large Review Implementation.

2017-18 will be my last year as ALAC Chair and as an ALAC Member.

Nominations for the other four ALT positions will open shortly.


ALAC Rules of Procedure (http://tinyurl.com/ALAC-RoP-2016-09)

5.4 The Chair is elected for a one year term. At the end of that 
term, the appointment may be renewed for one additional year subject 
to the provisions of Paragraph 8.2. The first priority for the ALAC 
is to select the best person to be Chair regardless of their ability 
to serve for a second term.

8.1 All appointments begin at the conclusion of one AAGM and continue 
until the conclusion of the following AAGM, unless the ALAC 
specifically identifies a different timeframe.

8.2 If the Chair is still a member of the ALAC in the year following 
his or her selection, is willing to continue in that role and subject 
to the eligibility rules in Paragraph 5, the Chair's term is deemed 
to be automatically renewed for a second year without any explicit 
action of the ALAC.  
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