[At-Large] Say Whut!
evan at telly.org
Sat Dec 15 09:58:49 UTC 2018
On Fri, 14 Dec 2018 at 23:38, <bzs at theworld.com> wrote:
> +1 Evan.
Thanks for the confidence.
What one would need, however, is a value proposition even if just good
> it would be more than jaw (or finger) exercise.
That would be a necessary but future step, as the need will eventually come
for ICANN to endorse such a major change in how money is spent on At-Large.
I also anticipate that the potentially significant expense of activities
such as global public surveys and information distribution will require a
rethinking of ALAC's financing. Auction revenue? Outside fundraising?
(Traditionally I -- and many others -- justifiably scoffed at the idea of
an ICANN constituency soliciting outside philanthropic or developmental
funding. But since this is intended as an information dissemination and
gathering activity independent from ICANN's usual machine, it might fare
better at fundraising from a public interest PoV.)
As for providing a value prop.... the main rationale for doing this would
be the actual realization of the ICANN bylaw pertaining to ALAC. Under the
status quo, ALAC is wholly unable to actually provide the views of global
end users to ICANN since its current base is minuscule, self-selected and
tech-aware. What I propose would actually fulfil what the ICANN's bylaws
demand of its ALAC.... what's that worth?
I could expand at considerable length on the rationale, but first the idea
needs buy-in, which is hardly assured from what I can tell. Status-quo
inertia is strong indeed.
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