[At-Large] Say Whut!

Carlos Raul Gutierrez carlosraul at gutierrez.se
Mon Dec 10 14:21:11 UTC 2018


It's about time. And the effort should be internal (like the GNSO's PDP 2.0 strategy exercise). Instead of external reviewers and mediators....

On December 10, 2018 8:18:30 AM CST, Roberto Gaetano <roberto_gaetano at hotmail.com> wrote:
>I am wondering whether this thread suggests that time at the next
>summit should be dedicated to rethinking the role of ALAC, its
>effectiveness in the Multi-Stakeholder model, its priorities, etc.
>On 10.12.2018, at 14:49, Evan Leibovitch
><evanleibovitch at gmail.com<mailto:evanleibovitch at gmail.com>> wrote:
>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 "outreach".
>- 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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