[ga-roots] Annual Report: The Human Rights Network-- thanks to all who helped
The Human Rights Network
Second Annual Report
1 July 2000 -- 30 June 2001
1. Short review of the past year.
2. The current Network.
3. Plans for the next twelve months.
1. SHORT REVIEW OF THE PAST YEAR
From July to November 2000, the ten dot com
human rights sites were on the web with
regular updates and new files. Popular
sites included www.clickhumanrights.com
www.aboriginalcourt.com. These sites
were set up in January 2000: see The
First Annual Report, 01/07/99-30/06/00.
In November a complaint was made to the
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
about ICANN monopolistic practices as
observed at the Marina del Rey meeting.
On Wednesday 27 December 2000 five new tlds
were announced on firstname.lastname@example.org
On Monday 1 January 2001 .humanrights and
.court went into the testbed registry
18.104.22.168 on pccf.net dns
In late January all dot com sites were
taken down for reworking and relaunch
on the whole internet. Two sites in the
.au space were retained for mirroring
and access to the new tlds (including
email, which is a persistent problem)--
Work continued on informing groups and
indviduals about setting up their own
tlds-- and assisting them as required.
Similarly, timely and practical assistance
was provided to the DHIT Interim Trustee by
many skilled and compassionate internet workers.
In March 2001 .humanrights and .court were
considered by the Federal Court of Australia
when Dot Humanrights Interim Trust sought an
injunction requiring ICANN, an alleged monopolist,
to recognise and resolve non-ICANN tlds and roots.
On 29 May 2001 ICANN was requested by letter
from Dot Humanrights Interim Trust to
recognise and resolve .humanrights addresses
and the Human Rights Root Service on the USG
legacy root controlled by ICANN/IANA.
On Wednesday 20 June 2001 another new tld .icann
with a sample sld of www.yoursite.icann
was proposed on email@example.com, domain-policy
@open-rsc.org, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
2. THE CURRENT NETWORK
As of Friday 29 June 2001, www.site.humanrights is operating
but still lacks a reliable email solution (and thus
also lacks a mailing list) and a dedicated tech worker.
.court is about to operate as a tld (listed on pacroot
with dns and base pages waiting finalisation of content
server-- view pages at http://www.humanrights.com.au/court.html
It is possible that .court could be self-sustaining
because many courts could pay a small fee for slds.
.justice is sorting out a possible collision but is
otherwise set to go operational.
.paytherent is ready to launch subject to finalisation
of content server and dns
.worldcourt pages are ready-- content server being
.icann is already attracting slds but end-of-financial-
year distractions have prevented the content server and
dns being finalised. There is also a possible collider
tld to negotiate with (no, not ICANN, actually).
Expressions of interest are welcomed from other groups
and indviduals who are prepared to participate in the
Human Rights Network and list their tlds, slds and sites.
3. PLANS FOR THE NEXT TWELVE MONTHS
Launch the first Aboriginal tld .kroatungalung
Launch the next three tlds .ngarrindjeri etc
Launch the Aboriginal Sovereign Root Service
Continue the process of mutual-recognition of other
tlds/slds/networks so that Human Rights Network files
and email are widely distributed across all intranets.
Special focus on contacting existing online Human Rights
groups and workers about the benefits of migrating/mirroring
to Whole Internet addresses.
Continue with development of ipv6 links and namespaces.
Launch several current /files into .tlds in their own right
-- see the list at http://www.humanrights/allsites.html
Special focus for next two weeks on Human Rights in China
ahead of 15 July IOC meeting on China Olympics bid.
Launch www.humanrights.china and www.humanrights.olympics
See further at http://www.humanrights/allsites.html
Special focus on links with indigenous people in South America
ahead of the September ICANN meeting in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Launch, if requested, appropriate indigenous tlds (with email!).
Continue to monitor Indonesian Military, Police and other
military/police-backed violence and human rights violations
in "West Papua", Aceh and elsewhere in the archipelago.
Launch information-alerts as necessary.
Launch injunction proceedings in Supreme Court of Uruguay in
late August 2001. Launch similar proceedings for antitrust
against ICANN in USA in September ahead of ICANN meeting
in December in Marina del Rey, California. (Sharing
any "control" of the internet as widely as possible).
Urgently explore funding and other resources to upgrade
the computers and software of the Dot Humanrights Interim
Trust-- and some roster or other system for rotating/relieving
the current Interim Trustee (who has been working voluntarily
on a week-to-week basis since 1 March 2001, when the initial
Interim Trusteeship agreement expired).
URGENTLY get the ml for Dot Humanrights Interim Trust
SETUP & OPERATIONAL so that public transparent and accountable
work can continue on developing Permanent Trusts for the new tlds.
THANKYOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS HELPED WITH THIS PROJECT SO FAR!!!
A copy of the Financial Report can be obtained from Len Lindon,
the current weekly Interim Trustee, firstname.lastname@example.org
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