[EURO-Discuss] Public Comment period opens: Bylaw Change Requested by the ALAC Related to ALS Application Handling

Nick Ashton-Hart nick.ashton-hart at icann.org
Wed Nov 7 17:54:09 EST 2007

Public Comments Requested on Bylaw Change Proposed by the At-Large  
Advisory Committee
7 November 2007

The Board of Directors resolved on 2nd November 2007 to request public  
comments on a change to the Bylaws of ICANN requested by the At-Large  
Advisory Committee, related to the administration of applications from  
organizations that wish to join the At-Large community of Internet end- 
users participating in ICANN.

The change would amend the wording of Article IX, S2(4)(i) so that it  
would read as follows:

Membership in the At-Large Community
The criteria and standards for the certification of At-Large  
Structures within each Geographic Region shall be established by the  
Board based on recommendations from the ALAC and shall be stated in  
the Memorandum of Understanding between ICANN and the RALO for each  
Geographic Region.

The criteria and standards for the certification of At-Large  
Structures shall be established in such a way that participation by  
individual Internet users who are citizens or residents of countries  
within the Geographic Region (as defined in Section 5 of Article VI)  
of the RALO will predominate in the operation of each At-Large  
Structure within the RALO, while not necessarily excluding additional  
participation, compatible with the interests of the individual  
Internet users within the region, by others.

Each RALO's Memorandum of Understanding shall also include provisions  
designed to allow, to the greatest extent possible, every individual  
Internet user who is a citizen of a country within the RALO's  
Geographic Region to participate in at least one of the RALO's At- 
Large Structures.

To the extent compatible with these objectives, the criteria and  
standards should also afford to each RALO the type of structure that  
best fits the customs and character of its Geographic Region.

Once the criteria and standards have been established as provided in  
this Clause i, the ALAC, with the advice and participation of the RALO  
where the applicant is based, shall be responsible for certifying  
organizations as meeting the criteria and standards for At-Large  
Structure accreditation.

Decisions to certify or decertify an At-Large Structure shall be made  
as decided by the ALAC in its Rules of Procedure, save always that any  
changes made to the Rules of Procedure in respect of ALS applications  
shall be subject to review by the RALOs and by the ICANN Board.

Decisions as to whether to accredit, not to accredit, or disaccredit  
an At-Large Structure shall be subject to review according to  
procedures established by the Board.

On an ongoing basis, the ALAC may also give advice as to whether a  
prospective At-Large Structure meets the applicable criteria and  

This amendment is part of a series of other changes that do not impact  
the Bylaws of ICANN, which were resolved upon by the ALAC in their  
meeting on 10th August 2007. The complete package of changes can be  
found here.

ICANN have determined that a 30-day public comment period on the  
proposed Bylaw change is appropriate. Those wishing to comment are  
suggested to make their comments not later than 2 nd December 2007 at  
12:00 EST.

Comments are therefore encouraged; they may be sent by email to alac-bylaw-comments at icann.org 
, and reviewed at http://forum.icann.org/lists/alac-bylaw-comments.


Nick Ashton-Hart
Director, At-Large
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