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Proposed membership in At-Large Constituency (ALC) of ICANN

Luc Flaubert, of ISOC-Quebec recently posted an invitation for ISOC chapters to become members of the At-large constituency (ALC) of ICANN. We are already members of the Noncommercial Users Constituency (NCUC).


Is there any conflict in being members of both constituencies?

Would it make us more or less effective in terms of influence? We haven't done much with ICANN so far as an organization, but we should try to in the future -- it's an essential part of the discussion of Internet governance issues.


Danny Younger's argument against membership of the ALC at the Feb 15, 2007 AGM

It can be downloaded here.

Response from Luc Flaubert - Feb 18, 2007

Thanks for this, Joly and Danny.

ISOC Québec will consider joining NCUC so we can participate in both the At-Large and NCUC.

Regarding participation in At-Large, from our perspective, if we are going to try to convince the ICANN board to reinstate board representation of the user community, we have better chances of accomplishing this by already being part of At-Large.

Having said this, I want to say that I understand and respect Danny's position.
Luc Faubert

Veni Markovski's response pro membership of the ALC at the March 15, 2007 isoc-ny meeting.

Veni Markovski argued that ICANN needed constructive input from the Internet community, and that lack of input rather than an intentionally antidemocratic stance on the part of ICANN leadership, was the real problem. He suggested that, as of now, the ALC represented the most effective method of such input. Danny Younger is trying to maintain old schemes that while perhaps nominally more democratic in structure, failed to be effective in practice, and were thus discarded. Participation, and wider participation, are what counts and the ALC, particularly via the influence of Roberto Gaetano, is the best current avenue for that.

Audio Recording

  1. Are we able to be members of NCUC and ALC simultaneously? mp3
  2. Statement - Participation is Key. mp3
  3. But why ALC? mp3
  4. How do ALC and NCUC influence ICANN? mp3
  5. How is the ICANN board nominated/elected? mp3
  6. Is ICANN the government of the Internet? mp3
  7. What are ISOC-NY's options? mp3
  8. Why the ALC over the NCUC? mp3
  9. What are the major issues facing ICANN? mp3
  10. ( Bulgarian vs USA ISP discussion) mp3
  11. ( broader participation) mp3
  12. Are there issues specific to ALC? mp3
  13. Are there advantages in being members of both ALC and NCUC? mp3
  • Click here here to play the whole thing.