[At-Large] [ALAC] Idea for an alternative to the EMM proposed in the At-Large Review

Maureen Hilyard maureen.hilyard at gmail.com
Mon Feb 13 14:52:32 UTC 2017

I like your idea of ICANN chapters within a country or perhaps a subregion
of a large country.

As an ex-Pres of our Rotary Chapter, I find the Rotary concept interesting,
but it does set a model that would encourage a wider opportunity for
outreach as well as education and training, and policy input at a country
level.. and all organised by the members.  Rotary is also self-funding but
with the opportunity to get funding from the parent body for special

But it would also mobilise large groups of individual members who at least
have a lot of things in common already as a starting point - language and
culture,socio-politics, shared internet environment, etc

Sounds a little like the Internet Society of China model with everyone in
one country under one umbrella.

On Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 4:04 AM, Dev Anand Teelucksingh <devtee at gmail.com>

> Here's an idea for an alternative proposal for At-Large to the EMM model
> proposed in the At-Large Review
> My thoughts - The proposed EMM has flaws. Some immediate ones :
> - it destroys the community and with that, the consensus building of
> community with replacement
> of individuals with even less ties to the public community. Such
> individuals will promote and collude with other individuals to keep
> themselves in the loop. Also, with many of the policy discussions in GNSO
> being English, this permanently eliminates persons from developing/emerging
> economies from non-English from ever participating.
> - given that any individual could already participate in GNSO, we would be
> no different from such random individuals
> - it removes the mandate on oversight and accountability on ICANN
> activities from end user interests
> - a thousand individuals in one large country will override 10 individuals
> from a small country  so there will be less diversity in the EMM model only
> from those countries with large number of  individuals.
> - Nomcom appointees to ALAC new to ICANN will serve as Liasions to other
> groups is not sensible
> There are many more problems but I want to focus on a IMO a better
> At-Large model than the EMM one:
> - ICANN establishes At-Large Chapters in each country similiar in concept
> to Rotary or ISOC chapters.
> - each chapter is open to anyone interested in ICANN from the interests of
> end users.
> - ICANN can set guidelines for each chapter - some examples: must do
> certain level of outreach, have term limits, have a public F2F awareness
> meeting to recruit new persons. ICANN would need to provide some funding to
> make this happen but this would be small and the chapters can account to
> ICANN for expenses.
> - ICANN can provide the tools (mailing lists, conference tools) to
> facilitate online discussions.
> - Because there is a consistent brand - At-Large Chapter in the country,
> marketing/promoting is
> greatly simplified and easier to explain.
> - Given that such chapters are virtual, it makes chapters easy to
> establish with only a few individuals from a country without the challenges
> of having formal organisations with bylaws and pay taxes.
> So an At-Large chapter ends up being a virtual ALS in each country in the
> ALAC/RALO/ALS model.
> The RALOs will consist of the chapters from each country in the region
> with each chapter electing two persons to coordinate the RALO work. The
> RALO will be better positioned to better fulfil its MOUs with ICANN and the
> RALO and ALAC would not have to bother with analysing whether an
> organisation meets the criteria of an ALS.
> The At-Large chapters will be better able to network with At-Large
> chapters in other countries and build consensus on policy issues and help
> promote and grow the At-Large Community.
> ---
> Dev Anand
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