[council] ccTLD communique from Shanghai
ccTLD SUPPORT ORGANISATION
MEETING IN SHANGHAI
October 29, 2002
144 representatives of 67 country codes met in Shanghai, China on October
27, 28 and 29, 2002. A list of the country codes which were present or
appointed proxies is attached.
The country code managers record their appreciation for the work done by
the members of the local host organising committee, in facilitating this
1. COMPLETION OF WITHDRAWAL FROM DNSO.
1.1 In Stockholm in June 2001, the ccTLD community began the process
of withdrawing from the DNSO and forming a Support Organisation to
represent country code interests in ICANN. That process is complete, with
the withdrawal taking effect at the close of the Names Council meeting
2. FURTHER ASPECTS OF ICANN REFORM
2.1 Managers re-confirmed the detailed Response to the ERC Blueprint
which had been produced and delivered in Bucharest in June 2002 (see
www.wwtld.org/documents). It was expected this would provide support for
ccTLD members of the cc Assistance Group in presenting and developing the
position of the ccTLD community. We noted with dismay that the ERC has not
yet taken into account what was said in Bucharest.
2.2 Managers agreed that the first output from the Assistance Group, a
graphical analysis of the functions, responsibilities and accountabilities
of parties involved in internet registry maintenance, provided a useful
tool for further work by the Assistance Group in defining the scope of the
ccSO and accepted the Assistance Group's working methodology.
2.3 In view of the continuing failures by ICANN in conducting its
stewardship of the IANA function, particularly in relation to ccTLD
database updates, managers agreed to set up a Working Group to develop a
plan to set up a system of independent management of the DNS root entries
and database entries. It is expected this plan will be developed in
parallel with attempts to create an acceptable ccSO, and to be available
in the event that is unsuccessful.
2.4 Managers agreed that while a role for ccTLD managers in ICANN was
being reviewed, managers would continue to operate as The World Wide
Alliance of ccTLDs, using the existing Administrative Committee,
secretariat and systems, although henceforth outside the ICANN bylaws.
2.5 It was agreed that no ccTLD meeting would be organized in conjunction
with ICANN's proposed meeting in Amsterdam in December.
2.6 Managers wholeheartedly support the Blueprint for reform of
Internet address management which is proposed by the Regional Address
3. INTERNATIONALISED (MULTILINGUAL) DOMAIN NAMES.
3.1 Presentations were received from the ICANN IDN Committee (Masanobu
Katoh and Vincent W Chen), and the IETF (John Klensin) on recent
developments with internationalised domain names. Managers expect to play
a leadership role in the introduction of internationalised domain names,
and have formed an IDN committee to coordinate ccTLD activity.
4. ZONE FILE TRANSFERS
4.1 Detailed presentations were received from CENTR, LACTLD and APTLD,
which each rejected, on technical and other grounds any proper basis for
the recent requests by the ICANN staff operating the IANA for transfers of
zone files as a precondition to them updating the IANA database transfers.
4.2 Managers endorsed the statements made by the regional
associations, and called on the board to immediately instruct the ICANN
staff managing the IANA function to make timely updates in response to
proper requests, without imposing any conditions.
4.3 Managers appointed 4 delegates [Porteneuve (.fr), Davies (CENTR),
Dolderer (.de), Robles (.mx)] to the proposed working group involving the
ICANN staff and the Stability and Security Advisory Committee. Those
delegates will prepare a mission mandate for on-line approval by managers,
and their participation will be subject to any output being approved by
the ccTLD managers, as the delegates have no authority to create policy
5. WORKSHOP WITH THE GAC
5.1 A productive working session was conducted in Shanghai, during
which there was a useful exchange of views on the IANA function, ICANN
reform and the possibility of further cooperation.
6. ccTLD NAME SERVER TRAINING
6.1 Expert volunteers provided training over 2 days in the running of
ccTLD name servers to 32 trainees from 17 ccTLDs. Thanks are due to Bill
Manning, Yang Woo Ko and Joe Abley for their huge contribution, and to the
ccTLD Secretariat for organizing this valuable event.
6.2 The next scheduled event is planned to occur in Brazil in March
2003. Training willb be conducted in Spanish.
7. REGISTRY PRESENTATIONS
7.1 Excellent presentations on DNS services provided by their
registries were given by .de, .au, and .jp; and by .nl on a new DNS server
that has been developed by RIPE NCC and NLNET Labs. Managers noted the
significant benefit of sharing information of this sort between managers
at this meeting.
8. ITU PRESENTATION
8.1 Richard Hill (ITU) took part in a panel presentation on Resolution
102. Other participants were Marilyn Cade (ATT) and Tony Holmes (BT).
ccTLDs were asked for information on their Admin Contacts.
9. GRATEFUL THANKS
9.1 Managers expressed their grateful thanks with small presentations
to Elisabeth Porteneuve and Oscar Robles on the completion of their
service as Names Council representatives for the former ccTLD
constituency, noting the duration, difficulty and range of services which
had been demanded of them, and their consistent high level of performance
and service to the ccTLD community
9.2 Managers also expressed their thanks to Dr B.K Kim for his service
as Executive Director of the ccTLD Secretariat for the past 18 months, and
paid tribute to the developments of the secretariat and the work done
under his leadership.
List of ccTLDs Represented:
.ac - Ascension Islands .lt - Lithuania
.af - Afghanistan .ly - Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
.as - American Samoa .mt - Malta
.at - Austria .mu - Mauritius
.au - Australia .mw - Malawi
.bd - Bangladesh .mx - Mexico
.be - Belgium .my - Malaysia
.bf - Burkina Faso .na - Namibia
.bi - Burundi .nl - Netherlands
.br - Brazil .no - Norway
.bv - Bouvet Island .nu - Niue
.bz - Belize .nz - New Zealand
.ca - Canada .pe - Peru
.cc - Cocos Islands .ph - Philippines
.cd - Congo, Democratic Republic of .pl - Poland
.ch - Switzerland .pm - St. Pierre and Miquelon
.cl - Chile .re - Reunion Island
.cm - Cameroon .ro - Romania
.cn - China .sc - Seychelles
.co - Colombia .se - Sweden
.cx - Christmas Island .sg - Singapore
.cz - Czech Republic .sh - St. Helena
.de - Germany .sj - Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands
.es - Spain .th- Thailand
.fj - Fiji .tk - Tokelau
.fr - France .tv - Tuvalu
.gg - Guernsey .tw - Taiwan
.gr - Greece .uk - United Kingdom
.hk - Hong Kong .us - United States
.io - British Indian Ocean Territory .vi - Virgin Islands (USA)
.je - Jersey .wf - Wallis and Futuna Islands
.jp - Japan .yt - Mayotte
.kr - Korea, Republic of .za - South Africa
.li - Liechtenstein