Harold Arcos with members of ICANN´s Latin American and Caribbean Global Stakeholder Engagement team at the Casa de Internet in Montevideo, Uruguay
As Project Manager of the Latin America and Caribbean Strategy, it is a joy to see projects become a reality. One of these projects began last year when LACRALO leadership members Humberto Carrasco and Maritza Aguero wanted to increase the Latin American community's participation in the PDP Webinars. To reach this goal, they decided to create "contest and awards," a project designed to support and incentivize the participation of regional stakeholders in ICANN's ecosystem by awarding a prize – a trip to one of the regional offices – to the person who participated in the most webinars that year.
The winner of the award was Harold Arcos from Venezuela. Those who know Harold can confirm that he is very active in the ICANN community, where he is currently a member of the new gTLD Subsequent Procedures PDP and where he recently concluded his time in ALAC to become the new LACRALO secretary.
During Harold's visit to ICANN's regional office in Montevideo, Uruguay, he met with each of the regional organizations at the Casa de Internet: the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry (LACNIC), the Internet Society (ISOC), the Ibero-American Association of Research Centers and Telecommunication Enterprises (ASIET), the Latin American and Caribbean Association of ccTLDs (LACTLD), the Latin American Internet Association (ALAI), and RedCLARA. This gave him the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about how ICANN and the regional organizations work. On the last day of his visit, Harold attended LAC-i-Roadshow South America (another project of the Latin America and Caribbean Strategy) where he was able to speak about ALAC. Stay tuned for my colleague Alexandra Dans' blog on this roadshow.
Harold's experience at Casa de Internet was important because he saw first-hand the amount of work that these organizations put into ensuring that the Internet is secure, stable, and interoperable. He also had the opportunity to interact with different community members and discuss relevant topics related to the Internet ecosystem.