Does the ALAC work with others to develop policy advice?
The ALAC does not develop policy advice in isolation. It interacts with other parts of ICANN Community, especially the policy-making entities within ICANN, to understand the latest policy development activities in detail and provide targeted policy advice related to the interests of end users.
As part of this effort, the ALAC has formally appointed Liaisons to GNSO, ccNSO, and SSAC, as well as Representatives in Cross Community Working groups, who act as the voice of the ALAC. Besides those formal appointments, many ALAC Members and Appointees actively participate in the PDP and non-PDP working groups in the GNSO in their individual capacity. By gaining experience, insights, and influence, those ALAC Members and Appointees will be able to communicate policy matters back to the wider At-Large Community effectively and develop informed positions. As a result of such interactions, the ALAC can even push for the creation of policy. One example is the GNSO PDP on Post-Expiration Domain Name Recovery (PEDNR) – the ALAC identified this topic of interest and requested the GNSO Council to initiate this PDP.
Oftentimes, the ALAC also joins forces with other community groups to address topics of shared interests. For instance, the ALAC and the GAC submitted to the ICANN Board joint Statements on the Applicant Support Program for the new gTLDs application round. To address the insufficiency of the Public Interest Commitments – a mechanism for ICANN to hold registries accountable for protecting the public interests in their new gTLD applications – the ALAC collaborated with the GNSO’s Business Constituency, proposed an alternative mechanism (the mandatory “Public Advisory Boards”), and launched a Public Comment for an ICANN community-wide discussion.