[NA-Discuss] Seeking Regional Advice for a New ALS

Glenn McKnight mcknight.glenn at gmail.com
Sun Feb 21 14:34:41 UTC 2016

Hi  All

Thanks  everyone for their  positive endorsement of the new  ALS.  I need
to stress that  Judith intentions  of the  due diligence was taken
seriously ( given the name), but as some of you indicated that the level of
'deep dive'  was out of scope.   I think this her first  ALS  application
so we need to give her a break and we apologize for any misconceptions.
In anticipation of  new  ALS's in 2016 ( name and location not yet
determined) we aim to work closely with staff on the process and

Thanks for your patience.


Glenn McKnight
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On Sat, Feb 20, 2016 at 5:00 PM, Louis Houle <louis.houle at oricom.ca> wrote:

> +1 Evan
> And I would like to share one more consideration : since the inception of
> NARALO, I noticed that motivation, engagement and participation of the ALs
> has evolved. It's normal to see newcomers and to loose some participants.
> What one expects is oppeness and inclusiveness, not deep diving procedures
> or a timetable for a the new ALs to justify their engagement.
> My 2 cents,
> Louis Houle
> President
> ISOC Quebec
> Le 2016-02-13 19:29, Evan Leibovitch a écrit :
> On 13 February 2016 at 21:57, Judith Hellerstein <
> <judith at jhellerstein.com>judith at jhellerstein.com> wrote:
>> So going forward we want to make sure that the ALS we accept will be an
>> active member.
>>> ​Sorry, but going forward such investigation is a complete waste of time
> ​ and doomed to failure​
> .
> By virtue of its application, the organization has indicated interest and
> answered the questions asked. Beyond that you can't read their minds or
> anticipate changes in leadership in the future that may shift more or less
> attention away from ICANN issues.
> Everyone would naturally like active ALSs to help share the workload, but
> ​you should resist ​
> anything beyond:
> "Here are our minimum criteria for ALSs. Of course we would love for you
> to contribute more, but we require at least [....]. Are you able to commit
> to this?"
> That's a yes/no question, to be answered to the best abilities of current
> leadership. Anything beyond that is unacceptable level of prying. Remember,
> one of the main points behind getting ALSs involved (as opposed to, say,
> members of NCUC) is that we are encouraging orgs that don't necessarily
> have Internet governance as a primary focus. So we should be applauding
> their very interest, regardless of whether or not they will be actively
> involved.
> The issue of keeping a current contact list is a challenge for any
> organization, frankly I think that's the role of staff rather than
> volunteers. It can be easily automated, and the scale of doing it globally
> for all regions makes the available tools quite cost effective. ICANN
> depends so much on volunteers that I'm stunned it doesn't have an
> organization-wide set of tools for this.
>> ISOC-DC is just the first ALS on this new procedure.  Nothing having to
>> do with them, just that they are the first one where we are taking a deeper
>> dive in.
> ​Please stop such "deep dives". This practice will not help, and it has
> immense capacity to undo the good of outreach being done.
> ​The ability to participate in ICANN is not such a prize that we have the
> luxury to be so demanding of newcomers. For ALSs, the demands are many and
> the rewards few -- we need them more than they need us.​ I remind that any
> group in the world can submit public comment directly to ICANN, they don't
> need us as a conduit. There needs to be a special reason why to participate
> through At-Large, and communicating this reason is the role of outreach.
> You don't want to undo that through needlessly invasive entry procedures.
> ​The amount of time that At-Large expends examining itself -- compared to
> the amount of time spent actually affecting ICANN -- has always been a
> source of astonishment to me. As it continues to be.
>> - Evan
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