Saturday, January 29, 2005

At-Large Structures

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I happened to come across the comment on the .net rebid submitted by the Association for Competitive Technology (ACT), a group representing over 3000 software developers, systems integrators, IT consulting/training firms, and e-businesses (that offers free membership for individuals). It occured to me that this group is the type of organization that should be an "At-Large Structure", along with groups like the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) with its 78,000 members , the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) with its 365,000 members in over 150 countries, or the Confederation of European Computer Users Association (CECUA) with chapters throughout Europe .

At issue: Why haven't these groups been approached by Denise Michel (ICANN's Executive Director of the At-Large), by Kieran Baker (ICANN's General Manager for Public Participation), or by Vittorio Bertola (Chair of the ALAC) and his associates on the Committee? In the ICANN process I often hear the "outreach" buzzword, but I fail to see any serious effort being made to bring responsible parties to the table.

There are lots of "structures" out there that in their own way contribute occasionally to the ICANN process, by way of comments to public forums, by participation at ICANN plenary sessions, etc. We obviously know who these groups are as they have already made an effort to communicate with ICANN. Why isn't a proactive effort being made to have these groups certified as At-Large structures?

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