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

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


Agenda of the Meeting

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.


Current and recent Members of the ALAC from the Interim Committee. 


  • Cheryl Langdon-Orr (ALAC Chair and APRALO appointee);
  • *Vanda Scartezini (ALAC Co Vice Chair and LAC NomCom appointee) 
  • Hong Xue (who has presented previous workshops at IGF and is a Member of the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong see here) 
  • *Izumi Aizu 

Background information on these panelists* can be found here

Richard Westlake from Westlake Consulting Limited (who have been provisionally approached to be involved) This company is conducting the current (but by July completed) Independent ALAC review.

Jeremy Malcolm who has recently published a book titled "Multi-Stakeholder Governance and the Internet Governance Forum" based on his PhD thesis. See http://press.terminus.net.au/catalogue.html and who is a known actor in IGF via the Online Collaboration Dynamic Coalition.

Other relevant IGF stakeholder interest representatives as we discover they are planning on attending this meeting, may be approached as we further develop our planning. 


ICANN At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) is the organizer of this workshopLead contacts are the Executive Committee Members Cheryl Langdon-Orr langdonorr@gmail.com & Vanda Scartezini vanda@uol.com.brThe very nature of our own structure is designed to adhere to these principles.