[NA-Discuss] Inclusion of Individual Internet Users within the City-TLD Multistakeholder Governance Environment

Internet Society - NY Chapter admin at isoc-ny.org
Mon May 16 05:41:10 UTC 2016


I apologize if I have not been duly diligent in this matter.

What in particular in the changes to the registry agreement is the cause
for concern?


On Sun, May 15, 2016 at 10:52 PM, Thomas Lowenhaupt <toml at communisphere.com>

> Following up on the recent exchange here on NARALO Discuss, concerning the
> 4 changes to New York City's .nyc registry agreement, and my belief that
> modification to the extant operating processes were in order, today I
> reviewed the ICANN By-Laws
> <https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/governance/bylaws-en#XI> as they
> relate to ALAC responsibilities. And it seems apparent that more should be
> done to keep New York City's individual Internet users informed and engaged
> about ICANN activities.
> I base this conclusion on my reading of Article XI, subsection 2.4.j which
> lists 10 responsibilities of ALAC. If one considers responsibilities 2, 4,
> 5, 6, and 10, one is likely to conclude that something fell through the
> cracks <https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/fall_through_the_cracks> in the 4
> instances where the registry agreement was changed and the city's
> individual Internet users were not informed.
> "The ALAC is also responsible, working in conjunction with the RALOs, for
> coordinating the following activities:
>    1. Making a selection by the At-Large Community to fill Seat 15 on the
>    Board. Notification of the At-Large Community's selection shall be given by
>    the ALAC Chair in writing to the ICANN Secretary, consistent with
>    Article VI, Sections 8(4) and 12(1).
>    2. *Keeping the community of individual Internet users informed about
>    the significant news from **ICANN**;*
>    3. Distributing (through posting or otherwise) an updated agenda, news
>    about ICANN, and information about items in the ICANN
>    policy-development process;
>    4. *Promoting outreach activities in the community of individual
>    Internet users;*
>    5. *Developing and maintaining on-going information and education
>    programs, regarding **ICANN** and its work;*
>    6. *Establishing an outreach strategy about **ICANN** issues in each
>    RALO's Region;*
>    7. Participating in the ICANN policy development processes and
>    providing input and advice that accurately reflects the views of individual
>    Internet users;
>    8. Making public, and analyzing, ICANN's proposed policies and its
>    decisions and their (potential) regional impact and (potential) effect on
>    individuals in the region;
>    9. Offering Internet-based mechanisms that enable discussions among
>    members of At-Large structures; and
>    10. *Establishing mechanisms and processes that enable two-way
>    communication between members of At-Large Structures and those involved in *
>    *ICANN** decision-making, so interested individuals can share their
>    views on pending **ICANN** issues."*
> Think about it... Between December 1, 2014 and March 31, 2016 four (4) changes
> were made to the .nyc registry agreement
> <https://www.icann.org/resources/agreement/nyc-2014-01-23-en>. No effort
> was made to inform New York City's individual Internet users about these
> changes or their possible impact. After reading clauses 2, 4, 5, 6 and 10
> does anyone disagree with my conclusion, that more should be done to keep
> New York City's individual Internet users informed and engaged about ICANN
> activities?
> If there 's no disagreement, how do we move ahead to assure that ALAC
> responsibilities, as spelled out in Article XI of ICANN's By-Laws,  are
> appropriately adhered to in the future?
> Sincerely,
> Tom Lowenhaupt
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