[nc-org] Version 3.0 of policy statement
NAMES COUNCIL .ORG DIVESTITURE TASK FORCE
Statement of Policy (v 3.0, September 23, 2001)
The ICANN Board is instructed to award the ORG domain
only to applicants that conform to the following criteria:
1. ORG Should be a Sponsored, Unrestricted Domain
The new ORG top-level domain should be a sponsored
but unrestricted domain.
The sponsoring organization should develop a
definition of the relevant community for which ORG
domain names are intended. The new administrator would
define the specific types of registrants who
constitute the target community for ORG and propose
marketing and branding practices oriented toward that
community. The marketing practices should not
encourage defensive or duplicative registrations.
Regarding the definition of the relevant community,
the DNSO offers this guidance: the definition should
include not only traditional noncommercial and non-
profit organizations, but individuals and groups
seeking an outlet for noncommercial expression and information exchange, unincorporated cultural,
educational and political organizations, and business
partnerships with non-profits for social initiatives.
With a defined community and appropriate marketing
plan in place, the sponsoring organization and
operating registry would rely entirely on end-user
choice to determine who registers in ORG.
Specifically, the new entity:
* Must not evict existing registrants who don't
conform to its target community. The transition must
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.
* Must not attempt to impose prior restrictions
on people or organizations attempting to make new
* Must not adopt a new dispute initiation procedure
to take away registrations ex post (other than the
UDRP, which would apply as per #4 below).
2. Characteristics of the Entity
Administration of ORG should be delegated to a
non-profit entity with international support and
participation from .ORG registrants and non-commercial
organizations inside and outside of the ICANN process.
It should be authorized to contract with commercial
service providers to perform technical and service
functions. Either new or existing organizations should
Applicants should propose policies and practices
supportive of noncommercial participants in the ICANN process.
The DNSO encourages applicants to propose governance
structures that provide ORG registrants with the
opportunity to directly participate in the selection
of officers and/or policy-making council members.
3. Operational Criteria for Selection
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.
4. ICANN Policies
.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. The new entity must not
alter the technical protocols it uses in ways that
would impair the ability of accredited registrars to
sell names to end users.
5. Follow Up
The DNSO Task Force developing ORG policy
should review the request for proposals prepared by the
ICANN staff prior to its public dissemination to
ensure that it reflects the DNSO policy.