Forum Question: Share your thoughts on
the following draft statement proposed for ICANN consideration.
Although it seems highly unlikely that the Board will take final action
on At-Large this year, it has been proposed that the Board should
acknowledge the progress that has been made in this area. The statement
recognizes key aspects of At-Large (there should be an At-Large membership,
organization and seats on the Board), while acknowledging that consideration
and comment on the ALSC's report will continue.
*Draft* Proposed Action Statement for ICANN's Board
Based on an extensive outreach, discussion, research, and consensus-building
campaign the ALSC recommends that, on November 15, 2001, the ICANN
Board adopt the following recommendations concerning At-Large participation
(1) The Board affirms that individual Internet users have a significant
stake in ICANN's activities and should have the opportunity of fully
participating in ICANN.
(2) While the ALSC's final report remains open for comment and consideration,
the Board acknowledges that the following basic principles should
guide expedited action on At-Large:
(a) Create an At-Large Supporting Organization (ALSO) as a regionally-based
framework for informed participation of any interested individual
and for At-Large involvement in ICANN policy and decision-making (including
mechanisms to foster discussion among individuals and with ICANN's
(b) Focus At-Large membership on an identifiable and vested community
(an ALSO electorate) to provide a practical mechanism for voter registration
and self-funding (e.g. The ALSC recommends that membership be based
on individual domain name holders);
(c) Provide a proportionate role for At-Large members in selecting
ICANN's Board (along with other ICANN constituencies) (e.g. The ALSC
recommends 6 At-Large Directors in a 19 member Board).
(3) The Board requests that the ICANN CEO solicit expressions of
interest to determine the degree of interest in creating local and
regional ALSO entities that would support informed participation of
interested individuals and At-Large involvement in ICANN, and report
the results to the Board at the March 2002 ICANN meeting.
(4) The Board authorizes the extension of the ALSC until March 31,
2002 to work with the Supporting Organizations, other interested parties,
and ICANN staff on proposing detailed plans for an At-Large membership,
voter registration, and a regionally-based, self-supporting ALSO.
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