Submitted Proposals

Organization: ICANN - ALAC
Title :
22. Lessons Learned from the Engagement and Facilitation of Internet Users into Policy Development and Processes within ICANN via the ICANN Board's At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC).
Provide a concise formulation for the proposed workshop theme including its importance and relevance to the IGF.

The At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) is responsible for considering and providing advice on the activities of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), as they relate to the interests of individual Internet users (the "At-Large" community). ICANN relies on the ALAC and the broader At-Large community including the Regional At-Large Structures (RALOS’s) and At-Large Organisations (ALS’s) to involve and represent in ICANN a broad set of individual Internet user interests. Underpinning the ALAC is a network of self-organizing, self- supporting At-Large Structures throughout the world involving individual Internet users at the local or issue level.

The At-Large Structures (ALS’s) either existing organizations or newly formed for this purpose currently (more than 100 ALS's have been now accredited) with a view of a one per country minimum as short term planning. ALS’s self-organise into five Regional At-Large Organizations (RALO’s) one in each ICANN region – Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America/Caribbean, and North America. The RALO’s manage outreach and public involvement and are the main forum and coordination point in each region for public input to ICANN.It established as an Interim ALAC on 31st October 2002 and became established in its current form on June 29th 2007, currently the ALAC is under independent review by consultants for ICANN, (due to be completed midyear) and this workshop offers a timely opportunity to review the status of, and future planning for, this long standing exploration of multi-stakeholder, global involvement on Internet Policy Development as it relates to naming and numbering.

Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are planning to invite. Describe the main actors in the field and whether you have you approached them about their willingness to participate in proposed workshop.

Current and recent Members of the ALAC from the Interim Committee. 

  • Cheryl Langdon-Orr (ALAC Chair and APRALO appointee);
  • *Vanda Scartezini (ALAC Co Vice Chair and LAC NomCom appointee)
  • Hong Xue (who has presented previous workshops at IGF and is a Member of the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong see here) 
  • *Izumi Aizu 

Background information on these panelists* can be found here

Richard Westlake from Westlake Consulting Limited (who have been provisionally approached to be involved) This company is conducting the current (but by July completed) Independent ALAC review.

Jeremy Malcolm who has recently published a book titled "Multi-Stakeholder Governance and the Internet Governance Forum" based on his PhD thesis. See and who is a known actor in IGF via the Online Collaboration Dynamic Coalition.

Other relevant IGF stakeholder interest representatives as we discover they are planning on attending this meeting, may be approached as we further develop our planning.

Provide the name of the organizer(s) of the workshop and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups. Describe how you will take steps to adhere to the multi-stakeholder principle, including geographical diversity.

ICANN At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) is the organizer of this workshopLead contacts are the Executive Committee Members Cheryl Langdon-Orr [email protected] & Vanda Scartezini [email protected] very nature of our own structure is designed to adhere to these principles.

Does the proposed workshop provide different perspectives on the issues under discussion?
Yes we believe the exploration of the experience of the ALAC as a both an interim structure formed in October 2002 and in its current form finalized in June 2007, referencing the various internal reviews that have been undertaken and associated changes in procedures and working mechanisms, along the lines of 'lessons learnt and what still needs to be done', at the time when a formal and independent review of the ALAC has been recently completed and proposals being available regarding any future structural and internal mechanism changes recommended by this review, counterpointed with the then published broader review and commentary afforded by Jeremy Malcolm’s' work offers an ideal opportunity for exploration of the important issues and challenges in engaging true and representative diversity (encompassing not just accessibility and enabling tools/mechanisms but also gender, cultural, and language diversity in the global context of a multi-stakeholder input model of Internet Governance.
Please explain how the workshop will address issues relating to Internet governance and describe how the workshop conforms with the Tunis Agenda in terms of substance and the mandate of the IGF.
We believe that our workshop will fulfill and address issues relating to Internet Governance specifically as outlined in paragraph 72of the Tunis Agenda specifically sections d., f., g. and h. as referenced here.
List similar events you and/or any other IGF workshops you have organized in the past.
Rio IGF - The ALAC co-presented a Workshop with YALE ISPALAC regularly organizes public and cross constituency workshops and OneDay events for the Internet User Community (known as At-Large) within ICANN at Global and Regional ICANN meetings and local events.
Were you part of organizing a workshop last year? Which one? Did you submit a workshop report?
Yes... As listed in 7.  the Rio  IGF the ALAC co presented a Workshop with YALE ISPReports and links to other reports from the At-Large and ALAC Working Wiki are found at  and inserted here. ALAC & Yale ISP Joint Workshop on IDNs at IGFThe participation of the local Internet user community is considered necessary in the successful implementation of IDNs. This session will look at the experiences of several early adopter TLDs who may have involved the local community in the process of implementation of IDNs, to different extents, as well as users who have participated in those trials. Best practices and lessons learnt will be presented, and the discussion will focus on the practical implementation of these IDNs with the full participation of end-users.The workshop has been successfully held on Monday November 12, 2007.