Lessons Learned from the Engagement and Facilitation of Internet Users into Policy

3 December 2008 - A Workshop on Internet Governance Principles in Hyderabad, India

Original Proposal

The At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) is responsible for considering and providing advice on the activities of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), as they relate to the interests of individual Internet users (the "At-Large" community). ICANN relies on the ALAC and the broader At-Large community including the Regional At-Large Structures (RALOS’s) and At-Large Organisations (ALS’s) to involve and represent in ICANN a broad set of individual Internet user interests. Underpinning the ALAC is a network of self-organizing, self- supporting At-Large Structures throughout the world involving individual Internet users at the local or issue level. 

The At-Large Structures (ALS’s) either existing organizations or newly formed for this purpose currently (more than 100 ALS's have been now accredited) with a view of a one per country minimum as short term planning. ALS’s self-organise into five Regional At-Large Organizations (RALO’s) one in each ICANN region – Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America/Caribbean, and North America. The RALO’s manage outreach and public involvement and are the main forum and coordination point in each region for public input to ICANN.It established as an Interim ALAC on 31st October 2002 and became established in its current form on June 29th 2007, currently the ALAC is under independent review by consultants for ICANN, (due to be completed midyear) and this workshop offers a timely opportunity to review the status of, and future planning for, this long standing exploration of multi-stakeholder, global involvement on Internet Policy Development as it relates to naming and numbering.