I attended the NTEN Conference in Portland courtesy of CROP Funding. The purpose of the trip was to engage with the NTEN community and staff in building awareness of NARALO, ICANN and in general Internet governance and domain security and engagement issues. The attendees came from a diverse spectrum of non profits looking to incorporate technology and learn how best to use social media and other tech tool to enhance the work of their organization. This event is one of the top non-profit technology conferences in the US. Within NARALO, one of the main focus is to reach out to areas of the country where we have no current ALSes and also to reach out and engage with groups who have historically been overlooked by ICANN. At the conference, I reached out too many of these groups and individuals to increase their understanding of ICANN, of At Large and of NARALO and encourage them to get involved and advocate for their interests within NARALO.
My workshop was on Internet Governance and talked about the history of Internet Governance, explained about the different constituencies within ICANN and their functions, the concept of multistakeholderism, anatomy of a domain and GTLDs, Universal Acceptance and the impact on non-profits, and other tips for securing and protecting domains. My colleague Debra Socia talked about data security and protection for non-profits. Despite being located in a conference room down a service corridor, I had a very committed audience of about 25 people who were extremely interested in the topic.
Some people had no idea about Internet Governance, others knew but had no idea about Universal Acceptance and the impact it has on Non-Profits who are interested in domains longer than 3 characters. People in my session were engaged and asked questions about ICANN, about the Who Is Process, about GTLDs, about Internet Governance. Other questions were on GTLDs and about history of ICANN. Some of the questions related to EPDP as companies were marketing expensive proxy services whereas these might no longer be needed.
Presentations can be found here, https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jNw6j3_ZS3wslRpbANOQjGXqEOC0nYuJuEs-1TFmH_I/edit
Each session has a collaborative document where speakers post all info and any resource, I would suggest positing some info about At Large, some of our intro e-books and other helpful topics and resources.
People commented on how good it was to have a mailcard that had all the info they needed about the session and about ICANN At Large
My Presentations can be found here, https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jNw6j3_ZS3wslRpbANOQjGXqEOC0nYuJuEs-1TFmH_I/edit