Under the Article XI, Section 2 of ICANN's Bylaws, At-Large is the name of the community of individual Internet users involved in ICANN's policy development process. It currently consists of over 120 active At-Large organizations (called "At-Large structures" or "ALSes"), representing the opinions of the global community of Internet users. At-Large provides a means through which individual end users of the Internet worldwide can participate in the matters on which ICANN works, such as:
- Guidance on how to run Internationalized Domain Names (IDN);
- How to introduce new gTLDs (such as .info, .name and .museum); and
- How to implement a stable and fair transition from IPv4 to the next Internet addresses generation, IPv6.
Status: Assessment Phase – Please refer to the ALAC web space for further information
Steps of the ALAC Review Process –
|August 2012||The ICANN Board of Directors approved the ALAC/At-Large Improvements Implementation Project Plan [PDF, 916 KB].|
|June 2012||The At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) submits its ALAC/At-Large Improvements Implementation Project Plan [PDF, 916 KB] to the Structural Improvements Committee (SIC).|
|October 2011||Dakar – The Board acknowledges receipt of the ALAC/At-Large Improvements Project Milestone Report [PDF, 532 KB], dated 9 October 2011, which provides an update on the implementation of the recommendations in the ALAC Review Final Report.|
|August 2010||The Board approves the ALAC/At-Large Improvements Project Plan and directs ICANN's President and CEO to take action according to the ALAC/At-Large Improvements Implementation Project Plan and report back on the progress at the 2010 Annual General Meeting.|
|August 2009||The Board approved in principle the recommendation of the Board review Working Group to add one voting director from the At-Large Community to the ICANN Board of Directors and removing the present At-Large Advisory Committee Liaison to the ICANN Board.|
The Board directs ICANN Staff to assist the At-Large community in developing a proposed implementation plan and timeline for the recommendations in the report (except for the recommendation to provide At-Large with voting seats).
|February 2009 – April 2009||The WG’s draft Final Report is submitted for a period of public comments. A staff summary of these comments may be found at: http://forum.icann.org/lists/alac-review/msg00014.html|
|February 2009 – March 2009||
The WG issues its draft Final Report (English [PDF, 309 KB]) on ALAC improvements which is presented at the Mexico City meeting.
|October 2008 – December 2008||The Mid-point Consultation Report (English [PDF, 281 KB]) is discussed at the Cairo meeting, and followed by a public comment period. A summary of contributions may be found at: http://forum.icann.org/lists/alac-mid-consult/msg00008.html|
The ALAC review WG issues its Mid-point Consultation Report (English [PDF, 281 KB]) based on a series of consultations with the ICANN community.
|August 2008 – September 2008||The independent reviewers’ final report is submitted for a public comment period. Please consult the staff summary of contributions.|
Westlake Consulting Ltd releases its final report (English [PDF, 560 KB]):
The WG is to advise the BGC (now, Structural Improvements Committee) whether, in general, ALAC has a continuing purpose in the ICANN structure; and if so, consult broadly and identify desirable changes in structure or operations via recommendations so as to improve its effectiveness.
|August 2007||A Request for Proposals [PDF, 17 KB] for independent evaluators is released.|
|June 2007||The ALAC review’s Final Terms of Reference [PDF, 29 KB] are published.|