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At-Large Seeks Your Feedback on the 2nd ATLAS Declaration

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The Second At-Large Summit (ATLAS II), which was held concurrently during ICANN's 50th meeting, attracted nearly 150 At-Large Structures from 70 countries.

Representing Internet end users across the world, the ALSs convened in London to network, learn, discuss, mentor, and influence ICANN policy on the theme of "Global Internet: The User Perspective."

The ATLAS II Declaration [PDF, 202 KB], a key deliverable of the Summit, focuses on the post-ATLAS II endeavors of the At-Large community, ensuring that the user perspective is placed at the center of ICANN activities.

The Declaration contains 43 Recommendations to the ICANN Board, stakeholder groups, and the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) on ways to improve their practices. It also includes 10 Observations on the wider Internet community.

The At-Large community now seeks your feedback on the ATLAS II Declaration!

Download a copy of the ATLAS II Declaration from the ATLAS II Website: http://atlas.icann.org/150-representatives-70-countries-5-ralos-1-declaration/.

If you have comments, suggestions, or inputs on the ATLAS II Declaration, please send your feedback to atlas2comments@icann.org.


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