[technology taskforce] Queries/Inputs from the At-Large Technology Taskforce (TTF) to ICANN IT staff

Reed Quinn reed.quinn at icann.org
Fri Apr 4 04:51:44 UTC 2014

Dear Dev,

Sorry for any delay in reply.  I’ve recently been blessed with another addition to the family and am catching up on the many emails that have never stopped accumulating.

I believe items 4 and 5 would best be answered by me.

Regarding item 4, please do fill me in and let me know what decision you make with that.

Regarding item 5, I have already set up a separate Confluence installation in a development environment.  It is a barebones installation, meaning there is nothing there at the moment.  It is not using any additional theme, only the default one that comes with Confluence.  I have not added any spaces yet either.  Please let me know what you would like me to add to it, such as spaces, themes, etc…  I ask this because a lot of plugins are free, but many require payment but will grant for free to us after jumping through several hoops.  I am now a professional hoop-jumper with these vendors.  This will also require user accounts and VPN access, since this server is NOT accessible to the public so we will need to get tokens for those who will be needing to access it.

I look forward to helping you further.


From: Dev Anand Teelucksingh <admin at ttcsweb.org<mailto:admin at ttcsweb.org>>
Date: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 5:20 PM
To: David Closson <david.closson at icann.org<mailto:david.closson at icann.org>>, Josh Baulch <josh.baulch at icann.org<mailto:josh.baulch at icann.org>>, ICANN At-Large Staff <staff at atlarge.icann.org<mailto:staff at atlarge.icann.org>>, Reed Quinn <reed.quinn at icann.org<mailto:reed.quinn at icann.org>>
Cc: Gordon Chillcott <gordontc at look.ca<mailto:gordontc at look.ca>>, Bill Thanis <qwerty172 at gmail.com<mailto:qwerty172 at gmail.com>>, "ttf at atlarge-lists.icann.org<mailto:ttf at atlarge-lists.icann.org>" <ttf at atlarge-lists.icann.org<mailto:ttf at atlarge-lists.icann.org>>
Subject: Queries/Inputs from the At-Large Technology Taskforce (TTF) to ICANN IT staff

Dear David, Josh, Reed

Seems we are about to start another ICANN meeting in Singapore just when Buenos Aires was just ending! ;-) As TTF chair, I hope to have a chance to talk with you in person about the following 5 items if any of you will be in Singapore, but of course you can reply to this email.

I've cced the public TTF list at ttf at atlarge-lists.icann.org<mailto:ttf at atlarge-lists.icann.org> to keep the rest of the TTF in the loop

1) status of translation of LACRALO email lists

Any progress since our discussions in early January 2014? It would be desirable to see some progress on this before the ICANN 50th meeting.

2) looking at suitable Adobe Connect plugins

The TTF tested the direct dialout plugin installed in the TTF AC room and whilst persons from North America and Europe (specifically Canada, France) were able to use the plugin to have the AC room dial them, I (living in Trinidad and Tobago with a +1-868-6XX-XXXX number) was unable to have the AC room dial to me, giving me an error has occurred. No amount of permutations of the phone number (using "+1-868-6.." , "18686...") seemed to work.

However, in thinking about this feature, there are some disadvantages
- this wouldn't work for persons requesting dialouts to a hotel or office with a PBX where a receptionist operator answers.
- this plugin uses a different bridge from Adigo, how would recording (incorporating audio from the AC room, Adigo and this phone bridge) be done?
- this wouldn't be helpful for At-Large calls with interpretation since the person being dialled can't join a Adigo channel

However the TTF on its calls have identified two plugins for Adobe Connect that could be of use for At-Large and we would like for these plugins to be installed for our testing after the Singapore meeting

* Stage Lights - Stage Lights is a timer that helps keep presenters on time.

* SurveyMaker for Adobe Connect - Surveys and polls with eleven question types, built-in reporting, CSV downloads and much more. A demo is available

Whilst we won't be able to test this, this plugin might be useful for ICANN F2F meetings that use Real Time Scribing:

3) Troubleshooting connecting to Adobe Connect rooms using Linux,

Whilst I've started contacting persons who reported issues in using Linux to connect to Adobe Connect, I've haven't been keeping up with collating the required information, Gordon Chillcott and Bill Thanis from the TTF (cced in this email for reference) are regular Linux users and would be better able to talk the talk re: desktop Linux in getting the necessary information for you and to document the problems and colloborate with you on solutions/workarounds.

4) wiki translate plugins,

I've pointed out that the Bing translate plugin works slightly better on iOS whereas the Google Translate plugin failed to work at all. Feedback on how the wiki translate plugins will work on Android OS will be done soon. Also, feedback on the quality of the machine translation will be sought from At-Large and to be done after the Singapore meeting.

5) separate Confluence wiki installation

Although some proposed layouts for How At-Large Content can be organised, ultimately a separate Confluence wiki install needs to be arranged to test more detailed organisational ideas and possibly other themes and wiki plugins so as to not disrupt the existing At-Large wiki.
A test wiki installation that's invisible to search engines with accounts for 5 users which should be more than sufficient to allow testing by the TTF.

Kind Regards,

Dev Anand Teelucksingh
TTF chair

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