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At-Large Structures (ALSes) are independent and self-supporting organizations within ICANN's At-Large Community, which aim to represent the voice of individual Internet users all over the world. ALSes provide an avenue for every Individual Internet user to take part in all the issues discussed within ICANN.

The At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) is responsible for evaluating, processing and certifying the applications of any group that are interested to become an At-Large Structures after the criteria set forth by ICANN for ALSes is met.[1] At present, there are 153 ALSes worldwide.[2]

Regional At-Large Organizations

The different At-Large Structures are geographically located and affiliated with the five Regional At-Large Organizations (RALOs), which are:[3]

Every RALO has a Chairman and Secretariat and conducts a yearly general assembly and regular monthly teleconferences to discuss and develop the position of the individual internet users community from each region in conjunction with the every current ICANN policy issues.

Criteria for At-Large Structures

Different types of groups, such as professional societies, academic and research organizations, community networking groups, consumer advocacy groups, internet society chapters,computer user organizations and internet civil society groups are qualified to become At Large Structure, as long as they are able to fulfill the minimum criteria established by ICANN, which include:

  • The ability to display its commitment to supporting the participation of individual Internet users in ICANN by disseminating information, offering Internet based mechanisms to enable discussions regarding important ICANN activities, issues and policy development, discussions and decisions.
  • It must be constituted to ensure that participation by individual Internet users who are citizens or residents of countries will predominate the ALS operation within the geographic region where the ALS is based. The ALS may allow additional participation of others if compatible with the interests of the individual Internet users within the region.
  • The group must Be self-supporting.
  • The group must post its goals, structures, membership description, working strategies, leadership and contacts on a publicly accessible website such as the ALAC's website or elsewhere on the Internet.
  • Must assist the RALO in performing its function.[4]

ATLAS II

The Second At-Large Summit, or ATLAS II, was held in London in conjunction with ICANN 50 - London. The summit brought together representatives from various At-Large Structures to learn and debate ICANN policies, share information, and experience an ICANN meeting. The attendees represent Internet end-users, and many had never experienced an ICANN meeting before. The goal of the meeting was to discuss, reach consensus, and draft reports on five issues: 1) the Future of Multistakeholderism, 2) the Globalization of ICANN, 3) Global Internet: the User Perspective, 4) ICANN Transparency and Accountability, and 5) At-Large Community Engagement in ICANN.[5]

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