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RE: [ga] Re: Opinion Concerning ICANN Board/ccSO Matter


Is there a defined (formal or informal) process for the creation/acceptance
of an SO?  I was of the impression that there was no such defined process,
even for the creation of a new constituency within an existing SO.

If the currently accepted model allows for consideration by petition or
formal recommendation, even that would be good information to have.

Could you please clarify?


> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-ga@dnso.org [mailto:owner-ga@dnso.org]On Behalf Of vint cerf
> Sent: Monday, June 04, 2001 12:13 AM
> To: Derek Conant; ga@dnso.org
> Cc: icann-board@icann.org
> Subject: [ga] Re: Opinion Concerning ICANN Board/ccSO Matter
> Derek,
> thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts in this way.
> I have copied the ICANN board for their information. Plainly no
> specific actions can or should be taken until the board is presented
> with a proposal from the ccTLD constituency and there will surely
> be discussion among the board members and consultation with other
> constituents as to the advisability and consequences of any
> restructuring. A similar discussion will be associated with the
> at-large study committee's findings and recommendations.
> Vint Cerf
> At 11:01 PM 6/3/2001 -0700, Derek Conant wrote:
> >The ICANN Board should take into consideration the demonstrated lack of
> >progress in the ccTLD constituency record and the ICANN Board should
> >take into account the admissions made by the ccTLD representatives
> >concerning the lack of progress in the ccTLD constituency.
> >
> >It appears to me that Supporting Organization ("SO") status within ICANN
> >is a significant mechanism of authority that ICANN may delegate.
> >However, it also appears to me that SO applicants should first have
> >demonstrated diverse, multiple working constituencies with valid
> >consensus results, similar to that of the working DNSO model, and that
> >this important qualification or requirement should not be lost,
> >compromised or cheapened.
> >
> >The ccTLD constituency appears to have based its demand for SO status
> >upon claims that all of the ccTLD members believe that the DNSO is
> >holding up ccTLD advancements and that ccTLD members have lost their
> >faith in the DNSO, and that funding the DNSO is also an issue.
> >
> >Furthermore, I was in attendance at the ccTLD meeting in Stockholm and
> >my understanding is that only 31 ccTLD constituency members voted (if I
> >am wrong about this I would like to stand corrected).  It may be that
> >only a few ccTLD representatives are the driving force behind the SO
> >proposal and that the other ccTLD representatives do not understand the
> >process or representations.
> >
> >It appears that the ccTLD constituency motion for SO status lacks the
> >proof that it can effectively function at the SO level.  With the
> >ccTLD's demonstrated lack of progress at the DNSO level, their motion
> >does not seem to show that they have the reasonable requirements
> >necessary to be awarded SO status nor the capability to represent the
> >international community.
> >
> >This may be ICANN's opportunity to inform the ccTLD constituency, the
> >GAC and interested parties, what the minimum requirements are for a SO
> >proposal from an organization that is to represent the international
> >community.  The ccTLD's new founded momentum may increase with the ICANN
> >Board suggesting that an applicant organization should show demonstrated
> >diverse, multiple working constituencies with valid consensus results,
> >that this is first necessary to show standing for SO status.  This
> >should then cause the international community to pull together in an
> >effort to create the diverse, multiple working constituencies necessary
> >for a SO proposal that the ICANN Board may consider and this should
> >accelerate ICANN's international objectives.
> >
> >My point is that the ICANN Board should consider that if it allows a
> >group to circumvent the DNSO without first having proof that the SO
> >applicant fits minimum requirements for SO status, and proof that the
> >applicant can effectively function at the SO level, then to award SO
> >status without these requirements could destabilize the integrity of the
> >DNSO and cause other constituencies within the DNSO to lose momentum or
> >give up when they fail to work within the DNSO.  The other
> >constituencies within the DNSO are probably also going to want SO status
> >if ICANN is not cautious with its decision regarding this matter.
> >
> >At the ICANN meetings in Melbourne, I explained to the key ccTLD
> >representatives that a wholly separate organization from the ccTLD
> >constituency may be the proper way to advance internationalization
> >within ICANN.  I explained that the ccTLD constituency appears too
> >narrow in its scope to effectively function at a level higher than
> >outside of the DNSO.  I suggested that ccTLD representatives and other
> >interested parties should endorse a wholly separate organization from
> >the ccTLD constituency with demonstrated diverse, multiple working
> >constituencies with valid consensus results.  I explained that this is
> >what is probably needed first.
> >
> >At the ICANN meetings in Melbourne 2001, I offered to hand the DNSGA
> >organization over to the key ccTLD representatives and interested
> >parties.  A model I imagine is an international organization (i.e. the
> >International DNS Consortium, IDNSC, or DNSGA, or whatever) with a broad
> >scope of international interests and diversity, multiple working
> >constituencies that produce valid consensus.  In my opinion, this is
> >what the ccTLD representatives and GAC should be shooting for.  And, to
> >protect the DNS, the ICANN Board should not accept anything less from an
> >applicant when considering granting an organization SO status to
> >represent the international community.
> >
> >If what is really at work here is a scheme to convince the ccTLD
> >representatives to enter into the ICANN contracts at issue, the ICANN
> >Board should realize that the ccTLD representatives have admitted that
> >they are experiencing difficulty making progress concerning the
> >ICANN/ccTLD contracts.  Granting the ccTLD constituency SO status and
> >seats on the ICANN Board does not guarantee that it will be any less
> >difficult making progress concerning the ICANN/ccTLD contracts or less
> >difficult obtaining funding.  It could also make matters worse within
> >the ccTLD constituency.
> >
> >The ccTLD representatives appear to have stopped short of submitting a
> >comprehensive proposal that includes reasonable and necessary
> >requirements to show that they deserve to be awarded SO status. With all
> >of this, it appears that if ICANN grants an unstable and underdeveloped
> >organization SO status and seats on the ICANN Board, this could cause
> >ICANN itself to become unstable.
> >
> >Derek Conant
> >DNSGA President and Chairman
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