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Re: [Summit-participants] constructive critical contribution to ALAC

  • To: alac-review@xxxxxxxxx, Max Senges <maxsenges@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Re: [Summit-participants] constructive critical contribution to ALAC
  • From: nirmol agarwal <nirmol81@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2009 09:30:13 -0800 (PST)

Dear ALAC review team / Dear member ALS'
As an out come of the discussion today morning (i.e 1 March 2009) in the ALAC 
review WG meeting, I would like to highlight that while considering the 
structural and  participation from ALS it is important that the Working group 
also take into consideration that the present structure is more a one way 
vertical communication, where suggestion made by the ALS appears to go in 
a black hole. It may be considered that in order to encourage greater level of 
participation in advisory activities there need to be some sort of response to 
the ALS on their comments, making the structure dynamic rather than one way.
Second, it is also advisable, in view of the requirement of arriving at greater 
consensus, there needs to have greater horizontal interaction between ALS all 
across the globe irrespective of which RALO the ALS belongs. For which the fire 
wall created between various RALO should be done away with as far as the ALS’s 
are concerned. I understand that this firewall offers administrative 
convenience, but the same should not allow to sabotage the greater ALAC goal. 
Consideration also needs to be given to the fact that the multiplicity of 
groups such as GNSO, ccNSO, RALO are complicating the participation. It needs 
to be clarified that if on an issue, say gTLD, if any RALO/ALS have made any 
recommendation what would be the importance of such recommendation when there 
exits an exclusive group taking care of the issue such as GNSO.

Nirmol K Agarwal 
"Life is beautiful, but conditions apply. Please read the offer document 
carefully before investment."

--- On Sun, 3/1/09, Max Senges <maxsenges@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

From: Max Senges <maxsenges@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [Summit-participants] constructive critical contribution to ALAC
To: alac-review@xxxxxxxxx
Cc: summit-participants@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, 
Date: Sunday, March 1, 2009, 4:58 PM

Dear ALAC review team - dear ALAC colleagues

Allow me to briefly restate the comments I made during the session on ALAC 
review this morning and encourage you to also contribute constructively to 
planning the future setup of ALAC @ 

1) information overload 
As a volunteer it is very difficult to follow all the complexities of ICANN 
developments. It would be great if the core ALAC team can summarize and give 
short updates on hot themes and especially calls for defined action (like votes 
etc.). Another worthwhile effort might be a 5 min video newbie-guide on what 
are the common practices and points of leverage for ALAC member organizations.
2) education about ALAC & Internet Governance 
I support the idea to develop educational resources (e.g. for teaching Internet 
Governance and ICANN matters in school and university) as well as to hold 
online lectures. Hereby learning materials and activities should be addressed 
to ALAC members as well as the general public/users.  I am happy to help in 
developing this initiative as this is my field of work and i have concrete 
ideas in how to bring this forward. 

3) Facilitate organization - enable bootstrapping - POWER - funded initiatives
I would like to reinterprete Karl Auberback's point raising that in the end 
ICANN is at least not only a technical but also a policial institution in which 
the name of the game is power. I'd like to add power is represented by 
governmental diplomacy AND of course by money. Hence as Karl also pointed out 
it is good and important to give advise - but as he rightly said everybody can 
give advise and we as user representatives should continue to influence ICANN's 
governance structure to give civil society/ user representitives advise 

Nevertheless my constructive critical constribution to the review is to improve 
the support (bootstrapping) for initiatives coming from ALAC member 
organizations. One aspect that i'd like to single out is for ALAC staff to 
facilitate to find funding for initiatives because there is only so much one 
can do voluntarily. 

In this context allow me to mention that an innitiative is forming to work on a 
User/Registrant Rights Charter which eventually will lead to better 
user/consumer rights for all by integrating the charter into all Registrars 
offerings. You are very much invited to join our team - please contact me 
and/or come to our workshop on Tuesday, 3 March, 2009 16:30 - 18:00  Room: 
Alameda 3 (Hotel Meliá) http://mex.icann.org/node/2651

4) My last point is asking to explore how to make another ALAC summit like the 
one in mexico possible. These face-to-face meetings are very very essential to 
build the relationships and trust to start meaningfull work.

Kind regards,


Dr. Max Senges 


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