| Domain Name Supporting Organization
Working Group C
Review the Creation of new generic Top Level Domains for
the Internet Domain Name System
(Proposal for the Names Council)
Working Group C (WG C) is requested to develop a document -showing the
consensus of the different groups involved- responding to the following questions:
Should there be new generic Top Level Domains
(gTLDs)? If yes: How many? Which? At which speed should they be deployed and in which
order? What should be the mechanism for developing new gTLDs after all these are deployed.
Should each new gTLD have a specific charter?
What should the registration and data
maintenance process and regulation be?.
How should the new gTLDs be managed? What
should the registry(ies) be like? Is it mandatory to have a new registry(ies)? Why? Does
the structure proposed comply with worldwide concepts of anti-trust law? What information
should be made public by the registry(ies) and how? Obligations of the registry(ies).
For these three issues, the WG should deliver three documents:
A first document in which the WG expresses and
justifies the answers to the questions expressed in the first point above.
The second document (necessary only if the
creation of new gTLDs is considered in the first part) which could take the form of a
proposal for a "Call for Tenders for a gTLD registry (or several)" that the NC
would recommend ICANN to issue.
The third document should be registration and
data maintenance procedure for the new registry(ies).
- Membership in WG C should comprise experts from a broad range of legal,
operational, technical, business and user defense interests. In particular, it should
include members from all seven Constituencies of the Domain Name Supporting Organization.
- The WG should include members of the legal profession who specialize on
Intellectual Property issues and anti-trust law. Technical members should be able assess
the technical impact of adding new gTLDs to the present Domain Name System.
- Participation from all geographical regions (defined by the ICANN bylaws , Section 6, Article V) is encouraged.
- The WG will be structured in two or three drafting groups who will be
requested to come out with one or two of the deliverables the WG should produce.
- Each drafting group will hold its own teleconferences to work on their
draft(s), and might have its own mailing lists. WG mailing lists and teleconferences will
be treated in the same open way as the WGs mailing list and teleconferences.
- A mailing list for the WG will be created. The mailing list will be
publicly archived at the <http:www.dnso.org> website.
- A webpage that will include documents presented will be open. All
reference documents presented to the WG will be posted there.
- At any time, anybody who has been reading the public list or the
documents, may write to the firstname.lastname@example.org address with suggestions and comments
for the WG (e-mail sent directly to WG members will be considered as not received, to
- Members of the WG may choose to read the comments page whenever they feel
or to subscribe to email@example.com and receive all comments in their mailbox.
- (All this will allow participation of anybody else who wishes to do it,
without forcing the members of the WG to receive e-mail from several dozen people if they
do not wish to)
- Teleconferences could be webcasted if somebody is interested enough to
pay the cost of such transmission. Minutes will be public.
June 25th, 1999
Creation of Working Group C
August 9th, 1999
Presentation of WG C report. First three-week comment period opens.
August 23rd and 24th, 1999 (Santiago, Chile)
Meetings of Constituencies. Public meeting of the Names Council and
General Assembly of the DNSO. Public discussion of the WG C issues.
August 30th, 1999
Closing of first comment period. WG C starts reconsidering its
recommendations based on comments received from the General Assembly, the Names Council
and any other parties.
September 13th, 1999
New report produced by WG C. Report on changes from the first version.
Second three-week comment period opens.
October 4th, 1999
Closing of second public comment period.
October 14th, 1999
Names Council meeting to decide on new gTLDs report.
October 18th , 1999
Report on new gTLDs sent to the ICANN Board.
After the ICANN meeting of the Board in Los Angeles, the WG will either
be asked to do further work or will be disbanded if the Names Council and the ICANN Board
consider that their work is finished.
- Dennis Jennings (Ireland)
- Elisabeth Porteneuve (France)
- Kilnam Chon (Korea)
- Daiva Tamulioniene (Lithuania)
- Bill Semich (US)
- Ken Stubbs - CORE (SU)
- Hal Lubsen - DomainBank/Altronics (?)
- Amadeu Abril i Abril - Nominalia (Spain)
- Michael D. Palage (US)
- Ivan Pope (UK)
- Javier Sola - EuroInternet (Spain)
- Jon Englund - ITAA (US)
- Roger Cochetti - IBM (US)
- John Lewis/Tony Holmes - BT (UK)
- Marilyn Cade AT&T - (US)
- Milton Mueller - ACM (US)
- David Maher - POC (US)
- Jean-Michel Bécar - ETSI (France)
- Michael Schneider - EuroIspa (Germany)
- Barbara Dooley - CIX (US)
- Tolga Yulderi (Canada)
- Petter Rindforth, LLM - INTA (Sweden)
- Tod Cohen - MPA - (US)
General Assembly (8):
- Christopher Ambler (US)
- Rod Dixon (US)
- Chris Conant (US)
I am a religion consultant based out of Los Angeles.
- Kent Crispin
- Glenn Kowack
- Stephen W. Snively
I am a 50 year old commercial real estate lawyer with Holland &
Knight LLP in Orlando, Florida. My qualifications include a strong interest in the
developing Internet and a creative mind.
I would like to participate in Working Group C. I am a law professor at
Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, USA, and a past chair of the American
Association of Law Schools Mass Communications Law section. I have served as a legal
scholar in residence at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission; a professor in
residence at the U.S. Justice Department; a visiting scholar at the University of Tokyo's
Institute of Socio-Information and Communications Studies; a law clerk for U.S. Supreme
Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and then-Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg; and an associate at
the law firm of Shea & Gardner. I graduated from Harvard College and Columbia Law
School. In 1997 and early 1998, I advised the United States government in its formulation
of policy concerning Internet governance and the domain name system. I have recently
served as a consultant to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on other matters. I
have continued to participate in domain-name debates; you can see the comments I submitted
earlier this year to WIPO and ICANN at <http://www.law.wayne.edu/weinberg>.
I am an IP attorney at Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn, PLLC and
have been practicing for several years. Prior to joining Arent Fox in February, I was a
trademark examining attorney at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Since
joining Arent Fox I've spent a considerable amount of time working on domain name issues
including analyzing the structure and development of first level domains. I am very
interested in being a part of Working Group C.