[ga] Only bottoms-up in town!
I surely do not see much activity that is in line with this document
adopted by ICANN. I see the structure but not the activity and process.
It would seem that the GA should adopt the rules for formulation of
recommendations as provided in the rules sub-list. Otherwise it will be
after the next two board meetings before the only bottoms-up group
provides advice and or recommendations to ICANN.
OTOH maybe it would be better to effectively boycott ICANN by not
formulating any advice.
Domain Name Supporting Organization Formation Concepts,
March 4, 1999
The following document was adopted by the ICANN Board:
Domain Name Supporting Organization Formation Concepts
To be used by the ICANN staff in preparation of draft Bylaw provisions
detailing the structure and mechanisms of the Domain Name Supporting
The Role of the DNSO
The Domain Name Supporting Organization ("DNSO") should be a
consensus-based policy advisory body within ICANN.
General Participation in the DNSO
The DNSO structure should include a General Assembly open to any
individual or entity willing to contribute effort to the work of the
Constituency Groups Within the DNSO
The DNSO structure should include self-organized constituency
groups of organizations and/or individuals with interest and expertise
in DNSO matters. The initial DNSO constituency groups should be (in
Commercial and business entities
ISPs and connectivity providers
Non-commercial domain name holders
Trademark, intellectual property, anti-counterfeiting
Individual domain name holders should be able to participate in
constituencies for which they qualify.
There should be no limitation on the number of constituency groups
in which an entity may participate, as participants may have interests
that align with multiple constituency groups. However, given the
consensus that the DNSO should represent a broad and diverse range of
interests, no more than one employee of any one organization should be
permitted to serve on the Names Council at one time.
Self-organized groups other than the initial groups set forth above
may be recognized by the ICANN Board as DNSO constituency groups upon a
proper showing pursuant to criteria to be determined. The ICANN Board
should periodically review the status of the constituency groups to
determine whether all DNSO interests are adequately represented.
The Names Council
The Names Council should act as a steering committee for the DNSO
and should be responsible for managing consensus and making
recommendations to the ICANN Board regarding TLDs, including operation,
assignment and management of the domain name system and other related
The Names Council should be elected by the DNSO constituency
groups, each of which will elect three Names Council members.
Development of Substantive Recommendations
The Names Council recommendations should be developed through a
bottom-up process in which participants in the General Assembly take
part. Recommendations approved by a majority of the Names Council shall
be forwarded to the ICANN Board, accompanied by expressions of minority
views (including explanations of the potential impact of a
recommendation on a specific constituency or constituencies).
Selection of ICANN Directors
The DNSO Names Council should seek nominations from the General
Assembly for individuals to serve on the ICANN Board. The Names Council
shall vote from among those nominees to select directors to be submitted
to the ICANN Board of Directors for election under Article IV, Section
9(b) of the ICANN Bylaws.
The DNSO should be governed by provisions for open and transparent
non-discriminatory processes that are at least comparable with those
that apply to the ICANN Board. Further provisions may be established to
ensure that the full record of the formation of each recommendation is
Administrative and operational costs of the DNSO should be funded
by DNSO participants in a manner to be determined.
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