[At-Large] Say Whut!

Evan Leibovitch evanleibovitch at gmail.com
Mon Dec 10 13:49:54 UTC 2018

Hi Siva,

Were I to be engaged in a real exercise to enable ALAC to serve its bylaw
>> mandate, I would wish to eliminate ALSs and move to fully individual
>> membership in RALOs. I would reduce travel and invest more in vitual
>> meeting technologies. I would also concentrate ALAC activity in ONLY three
>> areas:
The suggestions above sound too drastic to take sides with.

I make no apologies for this proposal's radicalism. But I also recognize
that proper public education, surveys and research will be expensive. ICANN
will not manufacture a significantly bigger budget.

But if ALAC is focused on the areas I propose, there is substantial savings
to be realized in cutting back on facets of At-Large that have, at best,
offered only cosmetic benefit.

If DNS is demystified there would be greater user participation.

Maybe. Not everyone who needs to know how the DNS works needs to be engaged
in it. Nor should they. People who get the education and are interested to
help will know where to find us, reducing the wasteful expenditures on

- surveys and R&D into public needs and opinions about domain names and the
>> DNS
> +1.  A considerable amount of R&D could happen through social media, not
> necessarily by votes, even by 'likes' and reactions to non-commercially
> promoted posts and tweets

That's not where I was headed. Proper quantitative research requires effort
and expertise. I would never trust social media for this, at least as a
primary source.

- analysis of the result of such research, and development of ICANN input
>> based on that (both in original policy initiatives and response to existing
>> activity)
> Needs to go even beyond that. ALAC could become more emphatic on Cross
> Community PDPs.

That's way too into the details. I expect that if we engage in real
research, the areas of global public concern will not lie where you may
believe they are. What is of great interest inside the domain bubble is of
little interest to the world outside that bubble, and vice versa.

Doing this properly, I expect, will dramatically change ALAC's policy

- Evan

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