[ALAC] Why aren't more At-Largers involved in PDPs? (was: [ALAC-Announce] ICANN News Alert -- ICANN Provides Update on Review of the Community Priority Evaluation Process)
evan at telly.org
Fri Sep 8 06:43:26 UTC 2017
On one hand you have doubts about the suggestions I have already given,
how can we get more involvement in the issue so the outcomes have a higher
> chance of meeting what we believe is needed?
If you didn't like my previous answers you may not like these, since
they're more-specific applications of what I have already said.
But, since you asked:
- Create and endorse an overarching statement of "this is what the ALAC
believes best serves global and users" related to the topic as advice to
the Board. Even if unattainable we need to at least articulate clearly our
starting point and raise it as an ethical issue. The Board and community
may well ignore such advice -- heaven knows this wouldn't be the first time
-- but articulating a position enables us to internally guide any
more-detailed interventions. It also enables our communities to see that we
are actually standing for something important to them.
- It is not an either/or to create overarching advice while we get
involved in the existing groups. We should participate -- to the extent
that available volunteers are able -- in the relevant processes. In some
cases this may mean simply monitoring a working group and intervening only
when this topic arises. This reduces workload, making it an easier and more
manageable task for our volunteer(s). Be prepared to contribute to specific
At-Large comments, in a way consistent with the overarching statement but
reflecting the realities of negotiating a multi-stakeholder consensus. We
may hate the rules but they're right now all we have to work with.
- Ask staff to assist in collection of research, statistics and other
materials by (or in possession of) ICANN that can better inform our
positions. As a tradeoff, let's see if some traditional staff work
(budgets. meeting planning) can be assigned to volunteers
- Get the GAC onboard, possibly to the extent of making this a multi-AC
initiative. The Applicant Support program envisioned by At-Large wouldn't
have happened without full-throated support from the GAC; this may be an
opportunity to once again find common cause. Should the GAC support our
"overarching statement" it will be hard to ignore and the Board will
instruct the GNSO to address our joint needs.
- Having ISOC -- not just the chapters but senior staff and policy
people -- supportive of us is not required but would be very helpful. If
onboard ISOC may be able to help with R&D that could help us.
- Put out a solicitation for help from the community, but guarantee that
newcomers are supported and informed by both staff and ALAC leadership. I
would think of it as a policy internship rather than a mentoring program.
- As asked many times, have a CLOSED policy strategy meeting at Abu
Dhabi in order to frankly assess our available assets and determine how
best to deploy them in attainment of our overall policy objectives. In fact
the outcome of this (and related consultations) may drastically change our
approaches and tactics, beyond either the status quo or what I have
suggested above. Who knows? We need to ask.
Even a few of these could go a long way to help.
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