[nc-org] Revised Statement of Policy
Fellow TF members:
Here is a revision of the principles based on
your comments. Please note that I fully recognize
that Points 4 and 5 remain disputed by the IP
constituency, and by some members of the B&C
constituency. However, points 1-3 and 6-8 seem to be
basically accepted; correct me if that perception is wrong.
My idea is that we put these pirinciples
out for public comment immediately after the
Montevideo meeting. After reviewing that comment
we should be prepared to make the changes and
compromises that can lead to consensus.
The public comment material will separate the disputed
points from the undisputed ones. I will develop a set of
questions designed to elicit community input that will provide
guidance. I will have that text prepared in time for circulation
among us and the NC in a few days. I encourage your suggestions.
NAMES COUNCIL .ORG DIVESTITURE TASK FORCE
Statement of Policy (v 2.0, August 29, 2001)
1. Administration of ORG should be delegated to a new,
non-profit entity with international support
and participation from non-commercial organizations
inside and outside of the ICANN process. The new
registry should develop policies and practices
supportive of noncommercial constituencies and
registrants. It should be authorized to contract with
commercial service providers to perform technical and
2. The new ORG registry must function efficiently and
reliably. The entity chosen by ICANN must show its
commitment to a high quality of service for all .ORG
users worldwide, including a commitment to making
registration, assistance and other services available
in different time zones and different languages.
3. The transition should make it clear at the outset
that current registrants will not have their registrations
cancelled nor will they be denied the opportunity to
renew their names.
4. While "restricted" TLDs may play a role in the
future development of the name space, .ORG's legacy
of accessiility and openness, combined with the
difficulties of establishing an easily enforcable,
globally acceptable definition of "non commercial,"
make prior restrictions on registration a bad idea
for .ORG in the future. .ORG should continue as an
5. .ORG's original status as a place for miscellaneous
registrants must be retained. While .ORG must remain a
TLD for traditional noncommercial organizations and non-
profits, it must also be recognized as a TLD that supports
individual organizers, ideas, households, unincorporated
organizations, business partnerships with non-profits, and
other social initiatives.
6. The new delegee should identify ways to differentiate
and strengthen the special identity of ORG, such as
marketing and promotion strategies targeting
noncommercial uses and users, and by not encouraging
defensive or duplicative registrations.
7. .ORG's administration must be consistent with
policies defined through ICANN processes, such as
policies regarding registrar accreditation, shared
registry access, dispute resolution, and access to
registration contact data. Consistency does not mean
total uniformity, however; the new registry's mandate
to support non-commercial interests should permit it
latitude to develop special policies and practices
suited to those interests so long as they do not
undermine ICANN's policy objectives.
8. The Chair of the DNSO Task Force developing ORG policy
should work directly with the ICANN staff in drafting a
Request for Proposals (RFP) to solicit applications for
the delegation, and should participate in ICANN Board
discussions surrounding the selection of the new registry