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Chapters Advisory Council Formal Recommendations, Reports, and Updates to the Board of Trustees

In Process/Progress Activities

2024 Activities:

Open archives of the Chapter-Delegates ListFormal ChAC advice requested by the Internet Society Puerto Rico ChapterProposal presented to ChAC representatives on 21 May 2024
Live-streaming servicesFormal ChAC advice requested by the Internet Society Puerto Rico ChapterProposal presented to ChAC representatives on 21 May 2024

ChAC Updates to the Internet Society Board of Trustees

DateChAC Updates and Reports to the Internet Society Board
9 March 2024Update and quarterly report
11 November 2023Year-end update and 4th quarterly report
18 June 2023Update and quarterly report
1 April 2023Report on Activities
8 November 2022ChAC Update
18 June 2022Report on ChAC activities and topics
14 November 2021ChAC Update
1 August 2021ChAC Update
16 March 2021ChAC Update

2016—2021 ChAC Proposals

DateProposal Submitted to the Board/Staff by the ACResponse from the Board/Staff
28 December 2020Advice 2020.12.23-01 : Chapter Advisory Council Charter Amendments10 February 2021

Proposed Amendments approved by Board Resolution 2021-03
29 April 2020Advice 2020.04.17-01: Second Advice on PIR Sales to Ethos Capital14 May 2020

The top-line advice from the ChAC is that a contemplated transaction among the Internet Society, Public Interest Registry (PIR), and Ethos Capital, should not proceed without certain circumstances having been met. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has refused its consent to the transaction. Because ICANN’s approval was a condition of the transaction proceeding, the transaction shall not proceed.
29 April 2020Advice 2020.04.17-02: Second Advice on ISOC Constituencies Consultation6 May 2020

With regard to Advice 2020.04.17-02 (Second Advice on ISOC Constituencies Consultation) and Advice 2020-04-17-03 (Second Advice on Bylaws Changes), we plan to pass a resolution to create a Governance Reform Working Group in a way that ensures that any and all proposed changes in ISOC governance proposed by the resulting Report With Recommendations (RWR) will (a) gain the approval of all stakeholder and affiliate groups that make up and support ISOC, (b) be crafted consistent with best practices among similarly situated nonprofit charitable organizations, (c) meet the legal, regulatory, and compliance requirements of the relevant governmental entities, including the state in which ISOC is incorporated as a nonprofit, and (d) meet general fiduciary requirements as determined by internal and/or outside counsel.
29 April 2020Advice 2020-04-17-03: Second Advice on Bylaws Changes 
23 February 2020Advice 2020.02.13-01: The sale of PIR to Ethos Capital should not proceed unless a number of conditions are met.Response from the Board
23 February 2020Advice 2020.02.13-02: ISOC constituencies must be consulted.Response from the Board
23 February 2020Advice 2020.02.13-03: Changes to ISOC’s Bylaws to strengthen Advisory Councils and ChaptersResponse from the Board
11 October 2019Advice 2019.05.13-01: ISOC Chapter Gatherings and Events at Industry EventsThe Board acknowledged that this advice has been communicated to staff and is being worked on with staff.
11 October 2019Advice 2019.06.14-01: ISOC Fellowship ProgramThe Board suggests ISOC considers this advice when implementing future reforms to the Fellowship program and sent this advice to the team working on the Fellowship program accordingly.
11 October 2019Advice 2019.07.22-01: Chapter Representative(s) on NomComThis topic was also discussed during the ChAC presentation at the Board’s #146 meeting in Montreal. An invitation to appoint Chapter representatives to be on both the Nominations Committee and the Elections Committee was shared with the ChAC. The ChAC was invited to document its own process for selecting these representatives.
17 October 2018Proposed changes to the ChAC CharterItem currently closed after discussion with the Board – effort has been put in a dormant state for future development.
5 April 2018Proposal to increase transparency of the BoardResponse from the Board
26 March 2018Cybercrime legislation in the Pacific IslandsThe Board delegated the matter to staff, stating on 26 June, that staff has been tasked to respond based on ISOC’s policy position development process. Based on this and after a thorough analysis, taking into account that this is a very specialized field that requires additional resources and time to be done properly, staff responded that this proposal for a cybercrime policy work does not seem to fit in at this stage.
26 March 2018Recommendation to add a new section 13 to the bylawsResponse from the Board
6 September 2017IETF registration for Chapter LeadersOn 12 December 2017, the Board sent its decision to the ChAC. That is:

With respect to the request about IETF registration fees, the board agreed to extend the program proposed by staff to also ISOC individual members. Additionally, the board is working with the IETF leadership in order to understand how ISOC can support the IETF most effectively. As part of that effort, we are looking into the desired profile for IETF technical fellows and of any other people ISOC supports in order attend the IETF. We plan to implement the program proposed as soon as our conversation with the IETF leadership are more advanced so that it is in line with ISOC’s and IETF’s goals.

The program will first be implemented for IETF 103 in Bangkok.
1 November 2016ISOC Improving support for ChaptersBoard adopted Resolutions that approved the recommendations from the staff contained in this document.
1 November 2016Process for selecting chapter participants in ISOC delegationsBoard adopted Resolutions that approved the recommendations from the staff contained in this document.

See the Board Resolution.

Revised response from the board:
The board discussed this recommendation and agreed to run the proposed experiment regarding publishing the names of the Selection committee for the 2018 ISOC Ambassadors to the IGF. Based on the result, we will decide what to do with other committees.

See the cited staff recommendations.
1 November 2016A proposal for greater involvement of Chapters in the position and policy brief development processBoard decision: Accepted. See Framework for ISOC’s Engagement with Membership re Policy work – Brief for the Board.

ISOC’s policy position development process, as circulated to the community, reviewed by the Board and now published.