[ALAC] Meeting with Goran 22 September 16.00utc.

Maureen Hilyard maureen.hilyard at gmail.com
Fri Sep 18 01:02:31 UTC 2020

Hi everyone

I noted that in the threads related to discussions with Goran (and wrt the
ALAC-Board meeting at ICANN69) there were references made to matters that
were raised in the Workload Survey so that I am bending towards using this
interaction with Goran as an opportunity to address some of our workload
issues related to ICANN meetings and our work with ICANN in general.

I sent the Workload survey to Goran and others and soon after, had an
opportunity to speak to it during our 1:1 discussion (as one of his normal
SOAC Chair chats). He was sympathetic to the workload issues that were
raised, and I asked whether perhaps ICANN should look at how they might
appropriately recognise the work that is being done by some very active
At-Large participants at their own cost - of precious down-time, energy,
internet costs as well as the intellectual contribution they make on a
weekly basis, all for the benefit of ICANN, with no expectation of

Is it really acceptable in this day and age that people are expected to
have such a high level of input into an important organisational output,
for free? Especially in light of what many are also experiencing with
regards to pandemic conditions and the impacts it is having on their daily
lives? That volunteers across ICANN remain committed to this level of
giving is really amazing. But what replaces our more accustomed reward for
effort - of attending an ICANN meeting in some exotic place around the
world? In the middle of a pandemic, do we have any answers?

Another topical discussion also mentioned in the Workload survey, and which
was also raised in our SOAC Chairs meeting this week, was the idea of
regional meetings. Goran suggested that things may have to be different for
the future of ICANN meetings. If you have any suggestions as alternatives,
then I am sure that he would be happy to hear them. I am re-attaching the
report in case you can't find it. The discussion should be interesting.

Just to add, Leon will also be at the meeting, but he will be giving his
usual update on Board activities. Maybe he will have further news on the
Internet Grant.

Comments welcome.
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