AFRALO Newsletter

Volume 4 – EN

AFRALO NEWSLETTER

Volume 4 | English

French version to follow shortly
The latest news from the African At-Large Regional Organization (AFRALO)
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From the Chair’s Desk
Seun Ojedeji, AFRALO Chair

Dear Colleagues,

I trust you are staying safe and maintaining all safety precautions during
this period of pandemic which has impacted us all one way or the other. On
behalf of the AFRALO Leadership (Myself, Aziz and Sarah), this quarter has
been a source of hope that we will get through this global challenge
stronger as the various countries and economies commenced relaxation of
their lockdown protocols. AFRALO has continued her activities during this
quarter and here are some of the current and ongoing activities of the RALO.

In the Q2 update I indicated that we will develop implementation details of
our FY21 Outreach and Engagement plan within and I am glad to inform you
that the plan is now done and we have started implementation of some of its
items. The 9 action points are hereby listed below:

1. Increase the number of AFRALO members who are deeply engaged in and
At-Large activities including At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) and ICANN
policy advice.
2. Encourage the greater participation of AFRALO members through
in-reach activities.
3. Participate in remote based events (and physical when feasible)
across Africa and especially in countries without ALSes to make adequate
outreach to bring them into ICANN Arena: a) African Internet organizations
and make them interested in joining AFRALO as ALSes; b) Non-affiliated
African individuals and make them interested in becoming AFRALO Individual
members.
4. Make presentations about topics under discussion in ICANN to
highlight the AfriCANN community effective participation in policy
discussions.
5. Exhibit ICANN structures information, activities and working methods.
6. Where feasible organize local events, in partnership with local
ALSes, to promote universal acceptance, DNSSEC and cybersecurity skills and
enhance AFRALO members’ engagement in their respective countries.
7. Continue to identify universities and academic institutions, organize
discussions with students and teachers about Internet Governance and build
young people’s interest in joining ICANN.
8. Identify AFRALO role model leaders who will coach new members towards
ICANN leadership positions.
9. Share AFRALO ATLAS III Ambassadors’ best practices.

With the completion of the implementation plan, our activities regarding
outreach and engagement will be around the 9 action points stated above
which we will be executing until 2021 the action points will be implemented
with respect to the realities of the restrictions that we now have due to
COVID-19. In view of these we continue to welcome volunteers to join us in
executing the plan. More info can be found at this link here
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It is no longer news that ICANN69 will be held virtually and I guess we are
getting used to this and getting better at it as well. The last two remote
based ICANN meetings (ICANN67 and ICANN68) were a success, ICANN69 however
will be a special one as it is the first virtual annual general meeting
(AGM) as well, which is usually the largest meeting of ICANN and we trust
that it will be a great experience. As usual we will hold a Joint
AFRALO-AfrICANN meeting, and discussion on the topic will be circled around
Universal Acceptance. The session will also provide us the opportunity to
hear from our GSE team, ALAC leadership, ICANN’s President and CEO and
ICANN Board members from Africa.

Let me use this opportunity to recognise our outgoing and incoming leaders:

Tijani BEN JEMAA has been one of the fathers of AFRALO, contributing many
years of selfless service to AFRALO development and the entire ICANN
community, Tijani’s term on ALAC will end at ICANN69. I would like to thank
Tijani for his enormous contribution to AFRALO, At-Large and ICANN as a
whole, while I trust that he will remain close to the community.

Secretary, Sarah Kiden, will end her term at the Annual General Meeting
(AGM) as well and I would like to use this opportunity to thank her for her
services these last four years during her two two-year terms. I wish her
all the best as she takes on her new role as ALAC member from AFRALO.

Hadia El Miniawi was our representative on NomCom and I would like to thank
her for her service both on NomCom and also on the Expedited Policy
Development Process (EPDP).

I welcome Mr. Abdeldjalil Bachar Bong who will be taking up the role of
AFRALO Secretary at the end of AGM and look forward to his continued
service to the community in that role.

Finally, I commend members who have provided updates on their activities to
us in this newsletter edition and I would like to once again encourage us
all to keep us informed about your participation within the ICANN
community, send us a mail on the Afridiscuss list (
afri-discuss@atlarge-lists.icann.org <#m_2253457653009732389_>),and let us
know what current ICANN process you are contributing towards and how we may
support you. Our monthly meetings, which resumed back in September after a
break in August, will continue all through the year and I encourage us all
to join the meeting to make our opinions and voices heard. Our meetings are
open to everyone so feel free to join and contribute to the discussions and
invite others from your At-Large Structure (ALS) or Internet community.

Have a great ICANN69 Virtual Annual General Meeting!

See At-Large 2020 Priorities
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Editorial Team

Editor-in-Chief: Seun OJEDEJI
Deputy Editor-in-Chief: Aziz HILALI
Managing Editor | Secretariat: Sarah KIDEN
Editor (English): Remmy NWEKE
Co-Editor (French): Olévié KOUAMI

CONTRIBUTORS

ENGLISH
Adetokunbo Abiola
Aisha Hamid
Bram Fudzulani
Bukola Oronti
Dave Kissoondoyal
Hadia El Miniawi
Haroun Mahamat

FRENCH
Adam Ahmat
Brahim Mustapha
Cedric Kinanga
Christine Anaky
Gabdibé Gab-Hingonne
Ines Hfaiedh
Minata Zong-Naba

Full list of team members
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SUPPORT
ICANN At-Large Staff
staff@atlarge.icann.org
About AFRALO

African Regional At-Large Organization: Engaging Africa for Development

AFRALO is the home of the individual Internet user community for the
African region. It provides news, key resources and interactive information
sharing tools for individuals and end-user groups in the African region who
are interested in ICANN and in shaping the future of the Internet.

AFRALO aims to:

– Strengthen users’ participation in ICANN decision-making structures
– Help ensure that its members will actively encourage more direct
participation by end users
– Build Internet policy making capacity in the region
– Reach out to Internet users on the issues in the scope of ICANN
– Represent users’ interests and defining public interest aspects of
Internet governance with specific focus on the areas of privacy,
transparency, and accountability
– Strengthen consumer protection in ICANN policies
– Identify social impacts of technical infrastructure design
– Take cultural diversity into account when formulating technical
standards (e.g. IDN implementation)

AFRALO currently consist of 65 ALSes
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located in 32 countries and territories, as well as 14 Individual members
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and 3 Observers.

To learn more about the ongoing work of AFRALO, you are welcome to check
out the AFRALO workspace
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ICANN Update
The ICANN69 Online Annual General Meeting (AGM
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) will be held from 17-22 October, and features one Prep Week of webinars
to brief the community, one week of SOAC Internal work, and one Plenary
Week. To see the full schedule of ALAC/At-Large activities, please visit this
page
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In addition, ICANN:

– Announced that ICANN75, the Annual General Meeting will be held
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on September 17-22, 2022 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center (KLCC)
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– An instance of the ICANN-Managed Root Server (IMRS) was successfully
installed in Monterrey
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Mexico, jointly with Transtelco
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– ICANN staff Baher Esmat was appointed Managing Director for the Middle
East and Africa Regional Office (MEA)
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– The Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG)
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hosted a webinar on the “Universal Acceptance (UA) Action Plan for Fiscal
Year 2021” on August 20th.
– PTI and IANA hosted a webinar on the Fiscal Year 2022 Budget
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on August 27-28.
– ICANN has launched the ICANN69 Internet Access Reimbursement Program
Pilot
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Application deadline was October 2
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ALAC Update
The ALAC
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held regular monthly meetings
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over the past several months. The most recent ALAC monthly meeting was held
on September 22
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and was chaired by ALAC Chair, Maureen Hilyard and featured guest speaker
and ICANN CEO/President Göran Marby. An ALAC statement
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on the Final Report on the Phase 2 of the Expedited Policy Development
Process (EPDP) on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data
and addendum
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led to a robust discussion between ICANN President and CEO Göran Marby and
ALAC members during the September ALAC meeting
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In addition, the meeting focused on:

– Monthly ALAC Policy Development Activities
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– Review of ALS Membership Applications from Organizations and
Individuals
– Reports and Discussions with the At-Large Plus Group leaders
– Discussion with Leon Sanchez – ICANN Board Vice-Chair.
– Post-ATLAS III
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At-Large Priority Activities
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/ 2020: Review and Development of Recommendations for ALAC.
– Initial discussion of At-Large at ICANN69
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and At-Large Planning Committee for ICANN69
– ALS mobilization update

In addition, ALAC ratified the 2020 ALAC Representatives to the Nominating
Committee. The following individuals will serve as 2020 ALAC Delegates to
the Nominating Committee from their regions for a period of one year,
beginning at the end of ICANN69:

– Hadia Elminiawi – ALAC Delegate to the NomCom from the African Region
– Amrita Choudhury – ALAC Delegate to the NomCom from theAsia,
Australasia and the Pacific Islands Region
– Bastiaan Goslings – ALAC Delegate to the NomCom from the European
Region
– Vanda Scartezini – ALAC Delegate to the NomCom from theLatin America
and Caribbean Region
– Glenn McKnight – ALAC Delegate to the NomCom from theNorth American
Region

During the ICANN68 At-Large Leadership Wrap-up session on June 25, Maureen
Hilyard, ALAC chair, requested ALAC endorsement for the Final
Implementation Report for the Second At-Large Review (ARI) to the
Organizational Effectiveness Committee (OEC). The ALAC strongly endorsed
the Final Report. ARI’s final report was presented to the OEC on June 30,
2020, and the Board accepted the ARI final report at their September Board
meeting.
ALAC / At-Large Policy Comments & Advice
All of AFRALO and the At-Large community are invited to contribute to ICANN
public comment proceedings. For more information, please visit the At-Large
Policy Advice Development Page
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contact At-Large staff <staff@atlarge.icann.org>.

The At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) is currently developing (1) response
to public comment proceedings:

Comment Reference Label Generation Rulesets (LGRs) for the Second Level
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October 2020

In addition, there are an ongoing workspaces regarding CPWG SubPro Comment
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and PDP 3.0
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Have your say! To contribute to ALAC public comment, please comment on the
wiki space or volunteer as penholder, and join the weekly At-Large
Consolidated Policy Working Group (CPWG)
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meetings.

The ALAC submitted (8) policy comments since the last AFRALO Newsletter:

GNSO New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Draft Final Report
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Executive Summary TBD

Addendum to the ALAC Statement on the EPDP (August 2020)
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Although the ALAC and the BC, IPC, GAC and the SSAC each took a somewhat
different approach to addressing their positions in respect to the report,
the ALAC is in general agreement with the positions taken in the GAC, SSAC
and BC/IPC statements. In particular, the ALAC appreciates the in-depth and
insightful analysis provided by the GAC, SSAC and BC/IPC.

Improving ICANN’s Multistakeholder Model Effectiveness: Next Steps
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The At-Large community is pleased to follow up on its prior ALAC statements
regarding ICANN’s Multistakeholder Model (see: 13 June 2019
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, 14 October 2019
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, February 2020
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with this ALAC statement on Enhancing the Effectiveness of ICANN’s
Multistakeholder Model – Next Steps. The ALAC made recommendations on
priority issues, moving out of silos, restoring recruitment and
demographics, reviewing previous responses, identifying gaps, pandemic
related issues and evaluation of success with respect to the latest Public
Comment on the topic.

Final Report of the Cross-Community Working Group (CCWG) on New gTLD
Auction Proceeds
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The ALAC appointed five Members to the CCWG and these Members, alongside
several participants from At-Large, were very active contributors to the
work of the CCWG. The ALAC believes that all of its concerns have been
addressed and therefore was pleased to accept and ratify the Final Report
of the new gTLD Auction Proceeds Cross Community Working Group.

Third Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT3) Final Report
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The ALAC strongly supports the limited and focused number of
recommendations proposed by the ATRT3 report, reflecting the pending
implementation of proposals from previous review teams. In moving forward,
the ALAC advises the ICANN Board to: (1) Swiftly implement ATRT3
recommendation to evolve both specific and organizational reviews as per
Section 8 of the final report; (2) Fully endorse the recommendation to
enhance current methods of Prioritization and Rationalization of
Activities, Policies, and Recommendations (as per Section 10 of the
report); (3) Share the ATRT3 Review Team’s approach to the review process
and methodology behind it, aiming to ensure that all elements contributing
to achieving strategic objectives and their subcomponents are Specific,
Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-based (SMART) and that all
reporting on these refers to well specified metrics, to be reviewed on a
regular or timely basis (as per Section 9 of the report).

ALAC Statement on the EPDP (July 2020)
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A vast amount of work has been done, but the ALAC believes that if and when
the SSAD is deployed, the probability of its meeting the goals needed by
the communities whose efforts we support will be low. Therefore, in order
for the ALAC to support the EPDP Final Report, the ALAC noted the following
GNSO Council outcomes would be required:

1. GNSO Council would agree that any Evolution Standing Committee
recommendation on additional SSAD decision use-cases (that are in full
accordance with the EPDP Policy Recommendation 9.3) will be treated as
Implementation and not require further policy deliberations.
2. Legal vs Natural, Accuracy, WHOIS Accuracy Reporting System and
Anonymized contact email will be fully addressed with full participation in
all aspects of discussions by the ICANN Advisory Committees that wish to
participate. If these issues are deemed to be policy, they must be
addressed by a group empowered to make policy recommendations, led by a
qualified, non-conflicted chair. The GAC, ALAC and SSAC must be involved in
setting the mandate or charter of such groups. The target for completion of
all work should be no later than April 2021.
3. The GNSO Council would agree that ratifying the Evolution Standing
Committee recommendations will only require a GNSO Majority as currently
called for in the GNSO Policy Manual.
4. The GNSO Council would acknowledge that deliberations during
implementation setting of prices for the SSAD must involve the future
potential users of the SSAD and not only look at cost recovery but the
actual ability and willingness of SSAD users to pay the prices being set.

LACRALO Statement on the Regional Strategic Plan FY2021-2025
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The LACRALO statement was in response to the ICANN Latin America and
Caribbean (LAC) Regional Strategic Plan for FY2021-2025. As all LACRALO
countries fall under the LAC Regional Plan, a diverse drafting team from
the region provided feedback on strategy topics such as security, ICANN
governance, unique identifiers system, geopolitics, and financials.
Note: Ratified by the LACRALO Leadership Team and the ALAC.

ccNSO PDP3: Initial Proposals for the ccTLD Retirement Process: Initial
Proposals for the ccTLD Retirement Process
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As a whole, the ALAC supports the ccNSO PDP3. From an end user
perspective, the ALAC suggested two points to be considered: 1) As a user
of the Internet, the removal of a TLD will mean less likelihood for
confusion as usually a ccTLD would be removed to make way for a new one.
This enhances Trust in the domain name identifiers; 2) As a domain name
registrant, the retirement of the ccTLD could pose a problem when
correspondents are accustomed to use the “old” address using the obsolete
ccTLD. Some companies have built a brand around the “old” ccTLD.

See: At-Large Website Policy Comments & Advice
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See: Executive Summaries: ALAC Policy Comments & Advice
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See: Consolidated Policy Working Group (CPWG)
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See: At-Large Operations, Finance and Budget Working Group (OFB-WG)
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