"We got the feeling bubbling up
from our subcommittee chairs that there is a lack of engagement
from the membership as a whole with ICANN," says John McElwaine
of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, Vice Chair of the
Internet Committee. This is partly because members sometimes
don’t know how to take the first step. "They get
our call to action emails and say now what? What if my employer
won’t pay?" adds Committee Chair, Fabricio Vayra
of Perkins Coie.
Vayra and McElwaine have
identified key people from Internet user organizations to
address such questions and provide practical tips for making
Internet advocacy fit in with one’s career. Making
the time to engage with this issue is more important than ever
as ICANN reviews its policies around new gTLDs and the U.S.
government transitions its stewardship of the Internet Assigned
Names and Numbers Authority (IANA) functions to ICANN.
Food and beverages will be served
to encourage a laid back atmosphere. "We’re hoping
everyone will feel comfortable enough to grab a glass and talk
frankly," says Vayra. INTA’s Senior Director,
Internet Policy, Lori Schulman, adds: "The intention is to
demystify Internet advocacy and the ICANN process. We will
answer questions and encourage involvement from all INTA