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    Membership Issues A@L needs your help
    posted by michael on Saturday April 30 2005, @09:21PM

    AmericaAtLarge writes "AmericaAtLarge.org has applied to be an At-Large Structure of ICANN. This was about a year ago, and while every other organization waited only months, it seems that the decision will come down shortly whether or not we become certified as an ALS.

    We need your input on all issues related to Internet usage. While we will only report to ICANN regarding their current issues, we also want to represent other viewpoints that aren't necessarily associated with ICANN.

    I can get a good feel of the viewpoints from ICANNwatch. This is a great community and would like to have this community also contribute to A@L.

    Please check out the site and provide some input for us.


    [Editor's note: Not meaning to be disrespectful, but I have never heard of this group other than to note that it did make an application to ICANN. This submission has no names attached, and the website it references times out. (The Whois for it isn't that encouraging either.)

    Of course, whether or not this is a hoax posting is almost besides the point -- since what it shows is just how obscure what is supposed to be ICANN's main membership process is in the US. I suspect that obscurity suits ICANN just fine, as US participants from outside the industries that dominate ICANN are just troublemakers anyway. Thousands and thousands of ordinary people voted in the first ICANN election, and ICANN then made every effort to discourage their further participation. Now those people have long given up. -mf]

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    A@L Clarification
    by AmericaAtLarge on Wednesday May 04 2005, @12:58PM (#15084)
    User #4126 Info | http://americeatlarge.org/
    Thank you all for your important input.

    Please let me assure you that this is not a hoax, we (A@L) have applied for and are still awaiting ALS status from ICANN.

    We are doing this to represent YOU, the Internet users through a legitimate portal of exchange. You input is truly appreciated.

    The webmaster mentions that things with our organization seem fuzzy (ie: DNS Registration, the site doesn't resolve, etc), and this is a valid concern. Our transparency, expecially during the application process is purposeful. I personally own several hundred domain names and am bombarded with messages from all arenas, since the information is publicly available. I also like to protect my personal privacy. Also, I don't want to jepordize the status of our application, so I have not yet provided input to ICANN or performed any other functions because we are still waiting and waiting... and waiting.

    On the subject above, I would like to state a concern of mine, and you (the reader) may be able to provide more input. I did my MBA thesis based upon this organization, which means I studied all other organizations that have been certified as an ALS structure. So, some interesting points arise:

    - there seems to be little overall interest in this porcess from the community at-large.

    - of the 2 organizations that have applied for ALS status in North America, both are located in Honolulu. Although it would probably be more productive, there is no collusion between these 2 organizations. My hope is that when we both become certified, we can have a nice party and introduce ourselves. I have, however, met one member of the other organization on several occasions.

    - out of all other organizations who applied, only 1 organization was denied certification, presumably because of an incomplete application.

    - out of all other organizations who applied, only the North America organizations have had to wait for due dilligence for 12 months.

    - lawyers seem to be the only people interested in domain name issues, seemingly to collude and bully for their own gain.

    Thank you all for your interest! I will be attending the Domain Round Table at my own expense in hopes that I can speed our decision from ICANN and meet others who share concerns for our society.

    - Randy Glass
    Executive Director, A@L
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