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

Alan Greenberg alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca
Mon Feb 13 18:32:11 UTC 2017

If this, or any other major reorganization of At-Large is to happen, 
it will need to be with careful planning and attention to details.

One of the major flaws of the ITEMS EMM is that it glosses over 
"details" that are in fact major issues. Two examples are just how is 
it that people will suddenly know about us and flock here and exactly 
how do we recognize and track "active" individuals.

In this model the questions are different. Here are just a few of them:

- Just who is it in ICANN who will establish and organize these 
chapters, and who will carry out any formalities that are needed to 
allow them to exist (such as incorporation or creating Bylaws that 
may be required in some jurisdictions)
- How do you ensure that they do not wither following the exuberance 
of creating them (a major problem with ISOC Chapters)?
- How do you handle disputes that may arise between different 
factions in a country?
- How do we transition from where we are now to this new model, 
without losing the relatively few hard workers we have in each country?

This may well be a viable model, and certainly one that could have 
been created at the start. Given the knowledge of the ISOC Chapter 
model, I have no doubt it was seriously considered. If it is going to 
be sold, it needs to be pretty bullet-proof.


At 13/02/2017 09:04 AM, Dev Anand Teelucksingh 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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