#ICANN51 public meeting from October 12-16 2014 – how you can participate in the discussions

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The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)  will be having its 51st public meeting from Saturday October 12 to October 16 2014 in Los Angeles, California (although sessions have started on October 11).

Some important ICANN related links:

  • ICANN 51 Meeting Guide (PDF) – This document notes what the chairs of the various Advisory Committees (ACs) and Supporting Organisations (SOs) in the multi-stakeholder ICANN Community and the ability for remote participation in many of the sessions.
  • ICANN Daily Meeting Schedule  – this will show the meetings happening on the day. Clicking on the meeting title will show the remote participation links that would allow you to follow the conversation and if you use the “Virtual Room Stream Live” link, that conferencing tool allows for persons in the virtual room to type questions or comments that could be read or answered by the Working Group chairing the meeting.
  •  ICANN Full Meeting Schedule – this table (you will have to scroll in both directions) shows the various meetings happening in various rooms at the same time. All times listed are local to Los Angeles. The time in Los Angeles is 3 hours behind that of Trinidad and Tobago. So when looking at the ICANN 51 schedule, you’ll need to add 3 hours to get the time of the  meeting in Trinidad and Tobago.
  • The At-Large Meeting Agenda Workspace – lists the very busy schedule and agendas of the meetings of the At-Large Community.

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) is an accredited ICANN At-Large Structure (ALS) and a founding member of the Latin American and Caribbean Regional At-Large Organisation (LACRALO), which today has 44 At-Large Structures in 18 out of 33 countries in the Latin American and Caribbean Region. At-Large is the name for the community of individual Internet users who participate in the policy development work of ICANN.

Currently, as the TTCS’ At-Large representative (Dev Anand Teelucksingh) will be completing his 2 year term on the 15 member At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC), The ALAC is responsible for considering and providing advice on ICANN’s activities as they relate to the interests of individual Internet users (the “At-Large” community). LACRALO selects two persons to be on the ALAC.

This final year was an busy one for me. A rundown of what I’ve done this final year:

  • I’ve been a penholder for several ALAC statements that was submitted to the ICANN Board and Community after approval by the ALAC,
  • The 2nd At-Large Summit (ATLAS II) bought together more than 150 ALS representatives. As someone who attended the first At-Large Summit in 2009, this event was the catalyst for me to get involved in ICANN At-Large, serving as LACRALO secretariat from 2009 to 2012 and being involved in many At-Large Working Groups. With ATLAS II, I was involved in many of the ATLAS II Working Groups and deliverables to help organise the ATLAS II event. I also served as session moderator for Thematic Group 5 (“At-Large Engagement in ICANN”) during ATLAS II and participated in the drafting of the ATLAS II Final Declaration.
  • A summary of my activities during the period from 2009 to 2012 can be found in my statement of interest for the ALAC position in 2012.
    I am serving as chair of 4 At-Large Working Groups : Technology Taskforce, Social Media, Outreach and the Community Regional Outreach Pilot Program Review Team. The first three Working Groups (WGs) are tasked with the implementation of recommendations coming out of the ATLAS II Summit Final Declaration.
  • Also involved as a member of other At-Large WGs such as the new gTLD WG, Finance and Budget Subcommittee, Capacity Building WG and ALAC Metrics.

This has represented a large amount of time and energy and I do intend to scale back to focus on my life and TTCS. The important thing is that getting involved in ICANN At-Large, representing the interests of Internet end users is doable, once you have an interest.

This blog post is quite long and its late, so I’ll stop for now. However, I do want to encourage anyone with a interest and a desire to learn more about ICANN policy issues, to email me at [email protected] and I’ll help to orient you to attend WGs conference calls for you to discover more.

#ICANN Policy Update Webinar on Thursday 12 June at 1900 UTC (3pm in #Trinidad & #Tobago)

The Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will have a Policy Update Webinar on Thursday 12 June at 19:00 UTC (3pm in Trinidad and Tobago), summarizing policy activities across ICANN’s policy development community and updates on topics from ICANN’s Supporting Organisations and Advisory Committees.

You can listen to the webinar via Adobe Connect at http://icann.na3.acrobat.com/update

About ICANN

ICANN (http://www.icann.org/) is an international and not-for profit organization that brings together individuals, industry, non-commercial and government representatives to discuss, debate and develop policies about the technical coordination of the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS).

About ICANN At-Large Community

The At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) is the primary organizational home for individual Internet users within the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

The role of the ALAC is to consider and provide advice on the activities of ICANN, insofar as they relate to the interests of individual Internet users.

The At-Large Community within ICANN is primarily made up accredited organizations referred to as At-Large Structures (ALSes) representing the interests of individual Internet users.

Once such an organization is accredited through the ALAC, it becomes a member of the appropriate ICANN Regional At-Large Organization (RALO). There are five RALOs, one corresponding to each of the five geographic regions defined by ICANN.

Each of the Regions is represented on the ALAC with three members of whom two are appointed by the RALO and one by the ICANN Nominating Committee.

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society is an accredited ALS and a founding member of the Latin American and Caribbean Regional At-Large Organisation (LACRALO). Its representative, Dev Anand Teelucksingh, is currently serving on the  ALAC.

Reminder: #ICANN LAC+I ROADSHOW EVENT IN TRINIDAD HILTON ON FRIDAY APRIL 25 2014 FROM 8:30AM TO 4PM

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), in collaboration with the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) will be hosting the LAC+i Roadshow event on Friday April 25 2014 from 8:30 to 4pm at the Hilton Hotel, Port of Spain at the Belmont Salon and Lounge Room

At this event, various sessions about ICANN policy issues related to domain names and IP addressing, including

  • generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs),
  • country code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs),
  • transition to IPv6
  • Security, Stability and Resiliency of the Domain Name System
  • Internet Governance in the Caribbean

and more.

Read the full agenda at LAC+iLAC-Road-Show-Trinidad

This event is free to attend.  If you have an interest in these topics and want to learn more and ask questions, please attend!

 

About the LAC+i Roadshow

The LAC-i-Roadshow is one of the projects of the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Strategy, a strategy that was developed by the different stakeholder groups represented at ICANN from the LAC region. It is designed to raise awareness across the region on key topics related to the DNS critical infrastructure such as the transition to IPv6, SSR (Security, Stability and Resiliency) and the impact of the new gTLD program.

#ICANN LAC+i Roadshow event on Friday April 25 2014 from 8:30am to 4pm

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), in collaboration with the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) will be hosting the LAC+i Roadshow event on Friday April 25 2014 from 8:30 to 4pm at the Hilton Hotel, Port of Spain.

At this event, various sessions about ICANN policy issues related to domain names and IP addressing, including

  • generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs),
  • country code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs),
  • transition to IPv6
  • Security, Stability and Resiliency of the Domain Name System
  • Internet Governance in the Caribbean

and more.

This event is free to attend.  If you have an interest in these topics and want to learn more and ask questions, please attend!

You can read the agenda at
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BzqpE890O2UoRnh5TkRYOC05LWZZbHM2Z1ZuaUtUWnVjX1JR/edit

About the LAC+i Roadshow

The LAC-i-Roadshow is one of the projects of the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Strategy, a strategy that was developed by the different stakeholder groups represented at ICANN from the LAC region. It is designed to raise awareness across the region on key topics related to the DNS critical infrastructure such as the transition to IPv6, SSR (Security, Stability and Resiliency) and the impact of the new gTLD program.