[ALAC] Meeting with Goran 22 September 16.00utc.

Humberto Carrasco hcarrascob at gmail.com
Fri Sep 18 02:46:28 UTC 2020

Dear Maureen,

First of all, thank you very much for this email. I would like to apologize for not being able to participate in the discussions of ALAC and ICANN in the way that I wanted. Among other reasons, the pandemic has affected not only the way I work, but also it substantially reduced my income, which meant I had to spend time looking for others. Despite this, I must point out that I am lucky to have my job at the University, unlike many other ICANN's colleagues  who have lost their job entirely. On the other hand, I would like to express my admiration to all the members of the At-Large community and ALAC who have devoted countless hours of their lives to ICANN during the pandemic. The truth is that ICANN faces a great challenge to retain volunteers, since as Maureen points out, there is no reward for the tireless work of volunteers in the midst of the Pandemic. If the situation continues in this way, at some point the "tireless" volunteers will begin to tire if there is no retribution in the near future.

I am looking forward to the meeting on Tuesday, September 22.


Humberto Carrasco Blanc
Profesor Derecho Económico - Comercial UCN 
LLM Queen Mary University of London
PhD University of Edinburgh

> El 17-09-2020, a las 22:02, Maureen Hilyard <maureen.hilyard at gmail.com> escribió:
> 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 compensation. 
> 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.
> Maureen
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