Today, we celebrate an exciting milestone in the history of the At-Large Community – the At-Large Advisory Committee has accredited the 200th organization as an At-Large Structure (ALS).
From the Arctic to the Cook Islands, ALSes form the basis of the At-Large Community, which represents the best interests of Internet users in ICANN's multistakeholder model. Across the world's five geographic regions, 92 countries and territories now have ALSes, with 42 in Africa, 44 in Asia Pacific, 37 in Europe, 50 in Latin America and the Caribbean Islands, and 27 in North America.
Since September 2003, when the first ALS (Internet Society Italy Chapter) was accredited, the At-Large Community has seen a steady increase of ALSes. In the past five years, the At-Large Community has gained approximately 14 ALSes each year.
ALSes are organizations that are wholly independent from ICANN. Whether they are Internet-related consumer rights groups or academic organizations, ALSes share a passion to further the development of information and communications technologies. ALSes contribute to policy activities that influence the technical coordination of the Domain Name System. In fact, about 33% ALSes are Internet Society chapters.
The ALS accreditation process recognizes that these groups meet ICANN's criteria for involving individual Internet users at the local or issue level, and that they promote individuals' understanding of and participation in ICANN. Within ICANN, they actively contribute to policy advice development activities and play a key role in ICANN's regional outreach strategies and civil society engagement. They work to ensure that the Internet continues to serve the global public interest.
To learn more about ALSes, please visit: https://atlarge.icann.org/alses.