Sixty future policy and outreach ambassadors are set to attend the third At-Large Summit (ATLAS III). The event, taking place at ICANN66 in Montréal, Canada, from 4-7 November 2019, aims to equip them with necessary skills to better represent end users.
These ambassadors were selected after a rigorous application process. Prior to their application, ATLAS III participants were required to complete a series of courses on topics, such as cybersecurity basics and domain names, before being shortlisted for consideration by the ATLAS III Selection Committee.
Maureen Hilyard, Chair of the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC), commented, "These ATLAS III Ambassadors are our future change agents and thought leaders. To be effective in these roles, they must be able to engage effectively in ICANN and At-Large during technical and social changes. This summit aims to nurture and develop the future leaders within the ICANN At-Large Community."
The summit will consist of a series of plenary sessions and seven breakout groups, incorporating both theory and practical learning sessions. A case study on Phase 1 of the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data will be used for the training. Current At-Large leaders will serve as coaches and facilitators of the break out sessions. ATLAS III will also include networking events for participants to interact with At-Large members, as well as the ICANN community.
The final day consists of a wrap-up session and a discussion of post-ATLAS III activities. Post-summit activities will include the establishment of an ATLAS III ambassador program to ensure increased engagement as thought leaders and change agents within At-Large and ICANN. This program will run in parallel with the At-Large Review Implementation Issue 2, which is focused on increasing the engagement of the At-Large Structures (ALSes) and individuals.