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Chapters Advisory Council

The Chapters Advisory Council of the Internet Society is the advisory body of the Internet Society representing its Chapters, as authorized in Article VIII, Section 2 of the ISOC Bylaws.

Purpose

The primary purpose of the Chapters Advisory Council shall be to channel and facilitate advice and recommendations to and from the President and Board of Trustees of the Internet Society in a bottom up manner, on any matters of concern or interest to the Chapter AC and ISOC Chapters. Such advice and recommendations may concern the policies, strategies and operations of ISOC, especially as they relate to the needs and priorities of Chapters and their members.

The Chapters Advisory Council shall stimulate and facilitate enhanced communications and collaboration between Chapters, Trustees, ISOC staff, and other members of the ISOC community.

Additionally, the Chapters Advisory Council may serve as the consultative body to the President and Trustees, in the case of disputes or status changes related to Chapters.

Participation

Each Chapter in good standing may appoint one delegate to the Chapters Advisory Council in accordance with its own selection procedures.

For any questions about the Chapter AC please contact chapter-support@isoc.org

Steering Committee

A Steering Committee is consisted of nine (9) members elected or appointed from amongst the Chapter delegates. More information about the members of 2017 and 2016 Steering Committees can be found on our Chapters AC Steering Committee page.

Chapter Representatives

The list of current chapter representatives is available here.

Chapters Advisory Council Charter

Editors: Evan Leibovitch and John More

Read the Chapters Advisory Council Charter here.

Spanish and French translation drafts are also available.

Chapters Advisory Council Rules and Procedures

These rules and procedures are established pursuant to the Charter of the Chapters Advisory Council (“ChAC”).

1. Definitions

“Chapters AC” is the Chapters Advisory Council of the Internet Society.

“Chair” is the Chair of the Steering Committee of the Chapters Advisory Council.

“Chapter Delegates” are the officers of the Chapters of the Internet Society, as defined by the Internet Society.

“Delegates to the Chapters AC” are the individual representatives of Chapters designated by the Chapters. The names of the delegates to the Chapters AC shall be confirmed every year by the individual Chapters.

“Members of the Chapters AC Steering Committee” are the Delegates of the Chapters AC who have been elected to the AC Steering Committee.

“Officers” are the Chair, Vice-Chairs, and Secretary of the Chapters AC. The duties of the officers are specified in 4 of the Charter.

2. Election of AC Steering Committee

The AC Steering Committee shall be elected annually at least ten calendar days prior to the Annual Meeting. The Chair shall send a call for nominations to delegates of the Chapters AC two months prior to the expiration of the term of the seated Steering Committee, with a deadline for response of one month prior to the expiration of the said term. See by analogy the ISOC 2015 Nominations & Elections Process Timeline prepared by Joyce Dogniez, Director of Chapters, 16 September 2015.

The election of the AC Steering Committee shall be carried out by the ISOC staff using appropriate voting software. Only Delegates to the Chapters AC shall have the right to vote. The votes will be secret and the vote count will not be published.

The outcome of the vote will be presented for information to the subsequent Annual Meeting.

3. Annual Meeting

The Annual meeting of the Chapters AC shall normally be held in the fourth quarter of the year, at a date and time to be determined by the AC Steering Committee.

4. Election of officers

The Officers of the Chapters AC are elected by the members of the AC Steering Committee.

The newly elected AC Steering Committee should hold its initial meeting by audio/video conference within two weeks of its election. The retiring Chair shall organize and open the meeting and preside over the election of new Officers. If the retiring Chair has been reelected and has been nominated for an Officer position, a retiring Member of the AC Steering Committee who is not a nominee for an Officer position shall chair the initial meeting. If all members of the AC Steering Committee are nominees for an Officer position, or if the AC Steering Committee fails to agree on a chair for the initial meeting, then the initial meeting shall be chaired by the ISOC Staff liaison who supports the Chapters AC.

The newly elected members of the AC Steering Committee may submit nominations, including self-nominations. At the initial meeting, there shall be an opportunity for nominees to present themselves. If there remains more than one nomination, the ISOC Staff liaison shall conduct a confidential vote and announce the results. The vote may be conducted by electronic means.

5. Meetings of the Chapters AC

Meetings of the Chapters AC shall be organized in accordance with Paragraph 7 of the Charter. The Chair shall consult the full AC Steering Committee when developing agendas.

6. Other decisions

The AC Steering Committee supervises the development and approval by the Chapter AC of all advice and recommendations. Thus it does not make substantive decisions. Decisions of the Steering Committee, e.g. regarding rules and procedures, procedural matters, scheduling of meetings, etc., shall normally be made by consensus (meaning lack of formal opposition). If consensus cannot be achieved, then any member of the Steering Committee can ask that the decision be taken by a majority vote of the members of the AC Steering Committee. In case of vote, the quorum shall be seven members; in case of tie, the Chair shall cast the deciding vote. All votes shall be open and transparent.

Substantive decisions, in particular regarding advice and recommendations, shall be made by the AC. Decisions may be made by electronic means (e.g. E-Mail, electronic voting systems, etc.) or during remote (audio/video conferencing) or physical meetings. Decisions shall normally be taken by consensus (meaning lack of formal opposition). If consensus cannot be achieved, then the Chair of the AC Steering Committee shall organize a vote. In case of voting, decisions shall be taken by a majority vote of the delegates to the AC. The quorum shall be nineteen (19) delegates. In case of tie, the matter will be resubmitted for discussion and a new vote. Votes will be secret. The tally of votes (for, against, abstain, did not vote) will be published. Abstentions will be counted towards determining the quorum.

7. Developing advice and recommendations

The Steering Committee may assign any of its members, or any delegate to the AC, to investigate or report on a specific topic, on the basis of specific expertise of the person or persons in question, with the consent of the person or persons in question.

The Steering Committee, through its Chair, will consult the delegates to the AC to determine the topics for which advice and recommendations should be developed. For each specific topic, the Steering Committee will appoint one or more of its members to act as facilitator of a discussion within the AC and editor of a draft text.

When the facilitator(s) is/are of the view that the text has sufficient support, it will be submitted for formal approval to the AC. Any delegate to the AC shall be entitled to attach comments to an approved text: such comments can underline or contradict portions of the approved text.

8. Removal of Delegates to the Chapters AC

Pursuant to Paragraph 3.3 of the Charter, a delegate to the Chapters AC may be removed by the Chapter that appointed the Delegate (through the Chapter’s own explicit procedures), or by a two-thirds vote of the Delegates to the Chapters AC, after written notice (which may be given by E-Mail) and an opportunity to respond.

The period of notice shall be at least 30 days prior to the vote. The vote shall initiated by the Chapters AC and it shall be organized by the ISOC staff. The vote shall be secret. The challenged delegate to the AC shall be removed only if two-thirds of all the delegates to the Chapters AC vote in favor of removal (that is, if there are 66 delegates to the AC, then at least 44 votes for removal would be required).

If a delegate who is removed is a member of the AC Steering Committee, the removed delegate shall be deemed to have resigned from the AC Steering Committee and shall be replaced accordingly.

9. Resignations and replacements

If a member of the AC Steering Committee resigns (or is deemed to have resigned), then the Chair will invite the ISOC staff that supports the AC to organize nomination and election of a replacement member. The nomination and election process will be the same as that used for elections of the entire Steering Committee, except that the number of people elected will be smaller. The replacement member will serve the same term as the member that is replaced.

If an officer of the AC resigns (or is deemed to have resigned) from the Steering Committee, then the Chair will organize the election of a replacement officer, using the same process that is used to elect all the officers.

A member of the AC Steering Committee may resign from the Steering Committee without resigning as a delegate to the AC.

An officer may resign as officer without resigning as a member of the Steering Committee.

If the Chair resigns (or is deemed to have resigned), the AC Steering Committee will appoint a replacement who will act as Chair on a temporary basis. If the AC Steering Committee is unable to agree on a temporary Chair, then the Vice-Chair from the most recently created Chapter will act as temporary Chair. The ISOC Staff liaison shall determine the seniority of the concerned Chapters.

The temporary Chair will organize the election of a replacement Chair in accordance with the procedures for election of Officers. Any vacancies of Officers that may result from the said election will be filled in accordance with the procedures for election of Officers.

List of Recommendations

A proposal for greater involvement of Chapters in the position and policy brief development process

Read or download the proposal here.

Framework for ISOC’s Engagement with Membership re Policy work – Brief for the Board – can be found here.

Improving support for chapters

ISOC Improving support for chapters, approved by the Chapters Advisory Council as of 1 November 2016, can be found here.

Process for selecting chapter participants in ISOC delegations

Process for selecting chapter participants in ISOC delegations, approved by the Chapters Advisory Council as of 1 November 2016, can be found here.