Day Four At-Large Policy Debrief – what impact did At-Large make this week?

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The session was moderated by Jonathan Zuch and Olivier Crépin-Leblond, Co-Chairs, CPWG. 

Jonathan Zuck mentioned that we had spent a lot of time talking about policy development processes and how to build consensus but did not talk about how to use the talking points. The session was focussed around 3 questions:

  • Impressions of talking points document
  • Sessions outside of the ALAC room and if the talking points were used
  • Information conversations

Sebastien Bachollet noted that the talking points were helpful in planning and having a landscape on the important themes within the At-Large and ALAC. He attended ATRT3 sessions but was not able to use the talking points due to the nature of ATRT3 sessions/content. 

Isaac Maposa liked the Policy Development Process session since he wants to get more involved in the process. He attended the fellowship sessions. 

Judith mentioned that she was active in the Auction Proceeds working group and attended the Internet governance session. What are the priorities of ICANN Org? We need to ensure that the ALAC priorities align with ICANN Org and the ICANN Board. 

Glenn McKnight highlighted that the talking points are a great step in the right direction. He mentioned that it is useful for NARALO that is trying to develop policy hot topics. He noted that the idea emphasises the pressure points. 

Eduardo Diaz noted that the document syncs whatever is being talked about. He added that At-Large Structures can use the same document to get a feel of what happened during the meeting. He attended the rights protection mechanism session and was able to get a comment in the session. 

Fatimata Seye Sylla mentioned that the meeting was special as she worked with and mentored students from Rabat University. The visit to the University of Marrakech to present ICANN-related issues was important. Attended the Joint AFRALO-AfrICANN session which attracted many people from the African region. The African community was active and got a lot of comments to the Joint AFRALO-AfrICANN statement. She noted that the questions raised by students were both policy and process related. 

Ricardo Holmquist appreciated that the document has improved from the time they were introduced. He noted that the talking points were many and it may be hard to remember them, and recommended having fewer points. Generally, he found the document useful. 

Wale Bakare mentioned that he had attended ALAC, Auction Proceeds and ccNSO sessions. He pointed out the challenge in finding the balance between end-user interests and …… .. He advised that ALAC highlights what the interests of end-users are. Giving an example of the Internet of Things (IoT), he noted that it would add complexity to cybersecurity discussions.

Tijani Ben Jemaa agreed that the talking points were useful. Regarding the multistakeholder model, he shared about concerns that the review process should not be done by community members.

John Laprise used the talking points in many of the ALAC sessions. 

Maureen Hilyard also noted that she used the talking points in all sessions she attended outside of ALAC sessions. 

Olivier Crépin-Leblond mentioned that the meeting with GAC was successful, noting that it has progressed and changed over the years. He highlighted more common issues between ALAC and GAC. He advised that ALAC actions that GAC representatives are influential in their countries and could be 

Cheryl Langdon-Orr mentioned that she finds the talking points useful. If refined, the talking points can be very useful even to those attending other sessions. She used the talking points informally in other discussions and highlighted that there was a consolidated position from ALAC on subsequent procedures discussions. 

Holly Raiche: Developing the document was useful. Attended CCWG on Internet Governance, Root Server sessions, briefing on .do1 and mentioned the items the documents. 

Joana Kulesza agreed with Ricardo. She talked about the capacity building session with GAC and mentioned that there is a correlation in some of the issues like cybersecurity. 

Fouad Bajwa, ICANN Fellow, referred to the DoH session, noting that they open up new opportunities for end-users and less interference from governments. He expressed an interest in becoming a penholder for policy comments from ALAC. 

Lillian Ivette De Luque Bruges: Attended ALAC and fellowship mandatory sessions. She noted that universal acceptance was a topic of interest. She informed about plans capacity building activities for the Latin America and Carribbean region, in collaboration with At-Large Staff and the ICANN Fellowship Manager (Siranush Vardanyan). 

Javier Rua-Jovet: Found the talking points useful. Recommended a paragraph and description about how the talking points are an ALAC position. 

Harold Arcos: Summary of document was easy to follow. Fully supports Cheryl suggestion. Used the talking points in other meeting with fellows and others. Recommended locating persons and then explaining the content of the document to them. 

Yrjo Lansipuro commended the joint positions between GAC and ALAC. He agreed that the talking points should be shorter. 

Sergio Salinas Porto appreciated the authors of the document and mentioned that it would be useful for working groups in LACRALO. 

Humberto Carrasco: attended rights protection mechanisms session and talked about the issue of protecting trademarks. Highlighted that they had defended more than 250 end-users who have no legal representation sometimes. Encouraged that end-users be told about pro-bono services for their rights protection. 

Cheryl: History of hot topics as far back as 2006. Talking points can have longevity, more than the original hot topics. 

Natalia Filina, attending her first ICANN meeting, recommended allocating time to discuss with Regional Internet Registries (RIRs). 

Jonathan Zuck: 

Reported by Sarah Kiden