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

Dev Anand Teelucksingh devtee at gmail.com
Mon Feb 13 18:04:24 UTC 2017

So an At-Large Chapter would have to select/elect representatives within
the At-Large Chapter to represent the At-Large Chapter in the RALO affairs.
Given that the online aspects of the At-Large chapter would be be done by
ICANN (such as mailing lists, online conferencing, website hosting, online
voting, At-Large wiki accounts), then there would be little need to
formally register an organisation in a country that would have to then pay
Not that a At-Large Chapter wouldn't have rules or by-laws. But what would
also be good is that the such by-laws for At-Large Chapters would be

For voting, persons in the At-Large chapter would be eligible to
participate in At-Large or run for positions in At-Large. For positions in
At-Large, such persons can be nominated by any At-Large Chapter in the RALO
and the RALO then votes with each At-Large chapter having a vote in the
RALO if consensus in the RALO can't be achieved. An At-Large chapter should
have consensus as to who it wants to support, but if not, worse case, there
can be an election process within the At-Large chapter as to who the
chapter will support.

Dev Anand

On Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 11:41 AM, Eduardo Diaz <eduardodiazrivera at gmail.com>

> I lik ethe idea but need more thinking in its implementation.
> For one, by-laws (or something similar) are needed, specially when it come
> to vote for the regional representatives. We need to think if organization
> can become members of these chapters an so on. There could  be one chapter
> per country with one vote per country in the region. Still you need to
> manage all the chapters in the region. Just thinking out loud.
> -ed
> On Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 10:52 AM Maureen Hilyard <
> maureen.hilyard at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 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 projects.
>> 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
>> > wrote:
>> 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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