[At-Large] On a "consumer" agenda for ICANN

Evan Leibovitch evan at telly.org
Wed Sep 14 23:14:34 UTC 2016

Thanks for your piece, Garth.

IMO the term end-user still needs to refer to the billions who are impacted
by DNS policy even if they never contemplate buying a domain.

But it is your accurately-defined concept of "stewards" that need to be the
interface between those billions and the multi-stakeholder model. Without
using that terminology, the At-Large leadership -- backed up by the RALOs
-- has been trying to serve exactly this purpose.

I have taken the conversations in this thread to heart and will be trying
to put thoughts down in a coherent form. The conclusions I draw myself from
this suggest that At-Large needs a massive re-think of how it treats
outreach. Rather than brochures and CROPP and Fellows and endless (mostly
futile) campaigns to get more outsiders to get involved, I think the
stewards need to do more to directly address the needs of the billions. If
we are doing our jobs at that -- trying to affect policy while facing
inside ICANN, while creating plain-language education programs to explain
those policies while facing outside -- the stewards will find us without
much effort.

- Evan

On 14 September 2016 at 22:24, Carlton Samuels <carlton.samuels at gmail.com>

> On Wed, Sep 14, 2016 at 1:47 PM, Garth Graham <garth.graham at telus.net>
> wrote:
>> In community networking, we call such people the stewards of the uses of
>> ICTs for community development.  In fact, supporting just such people is
>> the primary mission of many ALSs
> ​Well said!  That has been my mission for ages.
> -Carlton​
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