[NA-Discuss] Decertification of an ALS
alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca
Mon Jun 13 14:10:06 UTC 2011
There was a discussion at the NARALO meeting today on the need for
rules and processes to decertify an ALS which no longer exists or is
no longer active.
Here are the procedures that are currently on the books.
From the ALAC ALS appliation and certification procedure
7. Decisions to de-certify an ALS shall require a 2/3 majority of the
members of the ALAC who cast a vote as provided in the Rules of
Procedure of the ALAC, and any decertification decision shall be
subject to review as provided in the ICANN Bylaws, Article IV,
Section 2. Reasons for the ALAC to pursue de-certification action,
and to de-certify an ALS, may include persistent non-compliance with
significant ALS requirements. The ALAC will provide advance notice to
the ALS in question, and the ALS will have an opportunity to be heard
and respond to the ALAC prior to a decision on de-certification. The
ALAC will notify the ALS of its de-certification decision and provide
information on requesting a review of the decision.
I. Minimum criteria for an At-Large Structure:
1. Commit to supporting individual Internet users' informed
participation in ICANN by distributing to individual
constituents/members information on relevant ICANN activities and
issues, offering Internet-based mechanisms that enable discussions of
one or more of these activities and issues among individual
constituents/members, and involving individual constituents/members
in relevant ICANN policy development, discussions and decisions.
2. Be constituted so that participation by individual Internet
users who are citizens or residents of countries within the
Geographic Region in which the ALS is based will predominate in the
ALS' operation. The ALS may permit additional participation by others
that is compatible with the interests of the individual Internet
users within the region.
3. Be self-supporting (not rely on ICANN for funding).
4. Post on the Internet (on the ALAC's website or elsewhere)
publicly-accessible, current information about the ALS's goals,
structure, description of constituent group(s)/membership, working
mechanisms, leadership, and contact(s).
5. Assist the RALO in performing its function.
From the NARALO Operating Procedures
16. When an ALS representative does not vote in 3 consecutive
NARALO elections or does not contribute a comment on ICANN policy
through collaboration on the At-Large discussion lists in 12
consecutive months, it automatically loses its voting rights and
active status within the NARALO. The ALS should be notified of the
status change and may regain its voting rights and active status if
within the next 12 months it votes or participates to online
discussions, otherwise the Chair will submit to ALAC a request for
de-certification of that ALS.
So the current rules for us are:
- Since we don't tend to have many votes or elections, 12 months of
inactivity can trigger losing its active status. Assuming they are
notified of this, 12 months later, the NARALO chair can request that
the ALAC decertify the ALS, which requires a 2/3 vote to pass.
I note 2 things:
- For an ALS that no longer exists, we could institute a new
procedure to effect the decertification faster, but it is not clear
that for most ALSs, there is any way of definitively saying that it
no longer exists.
- Based on rule 16, I suspect that MANY NARALO ALSs could be put in
the non-active status. If we apply this rule inconsistently, we could
in theory have problems (but in practice probably not). I guess our
real target is to get such active participation from all of our ALSs.
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