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ICANN At Large




Aug 24

AP* Retreat

Izumi Aizu

Asia Network Research

new icann new role for users
“New” ICANN = New Role for Users
  • ICANN coordinates global Internet's systems of unique identifiers, including systems of domain names/numeric addresses used to reach all computers on the Internet; also coordinates related policy development.
  • Recent re-organization increased role of individual user community (“At-Large”) to help guide ICANN’s activities and decisions along with other Internet stakeholders – domain name registration companies, Internet service providers, etc.
structure for individual user at large involvement
Structure for Individual User (At-Large) Involvement
  • ICANN created Interim At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) few months ago and called for framework of local, regional, global groups to promote structured involvement and informed participation of world’s “At-Large” community. 




At-Large Structures

Regional At-Large


At-Large Advisory


alac activities so far
ALAC activities so far
  • Started in Feb 2003 with 10 initial members, 2 from each ICANN region
    • Participated in ICANN Rio and Montreal Meetings
  • Sending “liaisons” or nominating members to other groups:
    • ICANN Board, Whois TaskForce (DNSO)
    • ICANN NomCom
  • 5 New members added in June
  • Proposed “Roadmap” to create ALS/ALO – adopted by ICANN Board in Montreal
  • Tasked to regional Out-reach
  • Monthly Conf Calls
at large participation and representation
At-Large Participation and Representation
  • Structured to make sure voice of different sectors of the Internet community will be heard and that their representation can be effectively taken into account.
  • Groups in Asia that involve (or want to involve) individuals in Internet issues can apply to be At-Large Structures (ALS) and have a voice in ICANN activities and decisions – helping to selection ICANN Board members, advising on new domain names, etc.
creating at large structures in asia pacific
Creating At-Large Structures in Asia-Pacific
  • Determine your group’s eligibility or form a new group that meets ALS criteria (commit to supporting individual Internet users' informed participation in ICANN, have a majority of participants from Asia-Pacific countries, etc.).
  • Complete ALS form available at
  • Submit form to
  • ALAC reviews form, designates eligible group as ALS.
ap at large structures can benefit ap users
AP At-Large Structures Can Benefit AP Users
  • Through websites, on-line discussion lists, email announcements, conferences, etc. ICANN At-Large groups will have the information and tools users need to be involved.
  • Direct user involvement provided by Asia At-Large Structures will help ensure that ICANN takes actions that reflect individual Internet users' needs in Asia-Pacific.
issues affecting asia pacific internet users
Issues Affecting Asia-Pacific Internet Users
  • Implementing internationalized domain names
  • Introducing new gTLDs (.com, .org, +)
  • Privacy of personal information used in domain name registrations (WHOIS database)
  • Mapping telephone numbers to domain name system (ENUM)
  • IP Address allocation/IPv6 promotion?
  • Internet Security
  • Spam Mails, virus…
  • Other…
possible approach in japan
Possible Approach (in Japan)
  • Find “experts” who could asses and represent Individual Internet Users well:
    • Economist, Lawyer, Journalist, Researcher, Consumer Union, Activist, etc.
  • Ensure “public interest”
  • Support by Business and Government needed
    • To create an ALS in Japan
    • Re-organize Japan ICANN Forum?
  • More discussion needed
kilnam chon s proposal
Kilnam Chon’s proposal:
  • Forget this one, take things upside-down?
  • Form end-user organization, coordinated by APNG,
  • None of AP* organizations is addressing the End-users, most important component of Internet activities
  • If we come up with national end-user organizations, or associations, then some segment of end-users – will make up regional federation
  • Then ICANN AtLarge could be one of the issues for this organization
  • Talk to Daum, covers 60% of users in Korea?
toru takahashi
Toru Takahashi
  • Approach we used in Japan to recommend Mr. Kato
    • We went to Keidanren, Business Org, to recruit Kato-san for ICANN activity
    • We need more and more new groups and individuals for AtLarge
paul wilson apnic
Paul Wilson (APNIC)
  • Personal, not RIR Viewpoint:
    • RIR – not supporting ALO formation, directly
    • Apologize, Inability to formally support this, but play Devil’s advocate role to Kilnam’s approach –
    • Ability to find unifying cause – for consumers can be quite difficult
    • Consumers are diverse, taking some advocacy roles – target them for outreach?
    • If you cannot raise/receive their interests, that is an indication..
at large contacts
At-Large Contacts
  • Website:
  • ALS questions/forms:
  • Asia-Pacific contacts:
    • Hong Xue, Hong Kong <>
    • Izumi Aizu, Japan <>
    • Toshifumi Matsumoto, Japan <>
  • Email: