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

Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond ocl at gih.com
Thu Sep 15 06:21:55 UTC 2016

On 15/09/2016 03:54, John R. Levine wrote:
>>> Might a narrowing of the idea of the end-user down to those who play
>>> an active role in the evolution of end use towards social ends help
>>> with framing ALAC’s real role?
> I'm sorry, but this is a terrible idea.
> Back when I was on the ALAC over a decade ago, it wasn't clear whether
> ALAC represented individual vanity registrants (of whom we certainly
> have a lot on the ALAC) or actual end users.  We finally realized that
> we represent end-users, the billions of people who actually use the
> Internet but will never register a domain.  I would be strongly
> opposed to anything that back-tracked from that. 

I do not think we "represent" end users, as none of the people on the
ALAC have been elected by end users worldwide, but selected by a subset
of organisations that are diverse enough to be a small, balanced sample
of interested end users worldwide. Thus, the correct term would be to
say that the ALAC represents the interests of end users - with hopefully
enough input from the edges so let ALAC members take decisions based on
a large enough sample of end users that this indeed if a fair reflection
of end user needs.

Kindest regards,

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