Sunday, May 15, 2016

ITEMS International to review At-Large Community

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has appointed ITEMS International to conduct an independent review of the At-Large Community (At-Large), which is part of ICANN's commitment to continuous improvement, accountability and transparency, reports ITRealms.

The At-Large serves an important function representing the interests of Internet users, bearing in mind that there are over 190 At-Large Structures (ALSes) around the world and a growing number of individual members.

“Whether it is an Internet-related consumer rights group, an academic organization, or a public-minded individual; At-Large share a passion for furthering the development of Information and Communications Technology (ICTs) and contributing to policies that influence the technical coordination of the Domain Name System. They ensure that the Internet contributes to serve the global public interest,” ICANN said.

ITRealms also reports that in addition to assessing the effectiveness of the improvements resulting from the previous review conducted in 2008, the purpose of this review is include to acknowledge areas that are working well, identify areas that need improvement and propose needed changes, and evaluate the organizational effectiveness of the At-Large Community (ALAC), Regional At-Large Organizations (RALOs) and At-Large Structures (ALSes), in accordance with the ICANN-provided objective and quantifiable criteria.

The Review is scheduled to commence immediately and will conclude in April 2017, and like reviews of other structures within ICANN, is mandated by ICANN's Bylaws.

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