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

Dev Anand Teelucksingh admin at ttcsweb.org
Wed Mar 19 21:20:53 UTC 2014

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 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

Kind Regards,

Dev Anand Teelucksingh
TTF chair
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