ALAC statement in support of Consumer Constituency
As it did during its meeting of 28 April 2009, the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) states its support for the creation of the Consumers Constituency in the non-commercial stakeholder group in the GNSO. Given that one of the goals of the ALAC is to support the interests of all individual Internet users, we strongly believe that consumer and public interest groups must have a representative voice in the GNSO policy-making environment. We applaud the organizers' efforts to recruit additional organizations, including most recently the Greek consumer group EKPIZO, and to obtain formal commitments from those who have already expressed interest. Supporters of the Consumers Constituency include consumer organizations and consumer representatives in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Greece, Slovenia and the United States. We understand that consumer organizations in France and Mexico have indicated their interest in joining the Consumers Constituency. We see this support as representing an impressive starting point for obtaining broad geographic representation. Therefore, we strongly encourage the Board to approve the Consumers Constituency so its organizers can continue to recruit new members to ensure the most solid foundation possible at this early stage of a constituencies’ progress and give consumer and public interest groups a voice in the GNSO policy development process.