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    Re: Thousands of Voices Get Direct Say At ICANN
    by Anonymous on Monday April 02 2007, @09:39AM (#16936)
    Quoted from the ALAC Self-Review at http://icannalac.org/content/view/148/88/

    Ongoing Dissatisfaction

    Without a strong vehicle for communication of end-user interests to ICANN, the ALAC faces a chicken-and-egg problem to gaining individuals' participation: End-users have little incentive to participate in a complex construction of structures and bureaucracies if they do not see where they will have an impact on ICANN decisions. Currently, ALAC can send liaisons to the GNSO Council and to its Task Forces, but cannot vote in those policy-development processes. Likewise, ALAC can and does call for public comment on ICANN policies, gather those comments and additional research into end-user interests, and submit reports to the Board incorporating the public comment, but has no clear indication that those reports make a difference. As a result, some on the ALAC feel that their comments to the Board regarding the interests of individual Internet users are a one-way conversation. Often ALAC submits comments without getting the opportunity to engage in dialogue with the Board to understand whether the interests of individual users are being heard or whether the ALAC comments could be revised to address questions and criticisms from other sources.

    Faced with what they believe is little evidence of ALAC impact and constricted input channels, some members have found it challenging to recruit Internet users to participate in structure-formation. In North America, for example, although the region has many already-established public interest groups that address Internet-related issues for Internet users, almost none has felt that applying for recognition as an ALS is worth the effort. The recruitment pitch is not compelling: "Form a structure (or apply for recognition of an existing structure) in order jointly to form another structure, which will have the power to select two members to a committee whose chief power is to select members of a nominating committee that, finally, selects eight of 15 members of the ICANN Board." The layered indirection might not be fatal if some of the intermediate steps were also meaningful, but existing ICANN process does little to make that so.

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