Re: [alac] Selecting Our Successors
Annette, that's my perception as well. In my view, the seven years of ICANN's history shows that end-users can be counted on to muster energy and interest in ICANN's work (a) out of a sense of civic duty for periodic elections of Board members, and (b) when an issue under consideration directly impacts their business or personal interests. (That's the way I approach the activities of my government, both local and national.) Outside the significant circle of persons who have decided to volunteer their civic efforts toward the DNS -- that's us among others -- most individuals and organizations are unwilling to devote significant time and resources to ICANN. (That's not unique to ICANN; it's fairly typical of the way individuals and organizations approach most public policy issues as well.)
This is why I think the current structure only works if the expectations on the ALS is extra-light. The primary responsibility of the ALS is to receive information from the ALAC and disseminate it to its members. After that, anything is a bonus. On occasion, when an issue affects the ALS, we'll get something back. Once every year or two, we can ask the ALS to help elect the ALAC representatives. If we ask them to do anything more, in terms of financing or time, I think the ALS-RALO-ALAC structure is doomed.
I think this also would help us market the ALAC: all we're asking is that you receive information about ICANN and distribute it to your members.
It is already hard to get Europeans involved in ICANN work, but not because we do not have enough people active in serving internet endusers interests/consumers rights. Actually, Europe has quite a lot of very interesting consumer and user organisations as well as individuals working in that field.