WG-D Final Report to the Names Council
September 14, 1999
Please find below the report prepared by Bret and myself regarding WG-D's interim measures for WG-C. This report will be forwarded to the NC by close of business Tuesday, September 14th, central European time. It will be discussed on the NC call on Wednesday, September 15th.
To: Names Council of the Domain Name Supporting Organization
From: Co-Chairs of Working Group D
Re: Interim Measures
Date: Thursday, September 9, 1999
On Thursday, August 24th, 1999, the Names Council of the DNSO adopted a resolution requesting that Working Group D come to an interim solution for Working Group C. Working Group D began undertaking this request shortly after the resolution was passed.
Background and Summary of Discussion:
Discussion began with whether the NC had the authority to request WG-D to come to an interim solution for Working Group C. Views differed, but overall agreement was that the NC requested this, and it was within the responsibility of WG-D regarding process issues. Whether interim or permanent, process issues did fall within the scope of responsibility of the Working Group.
After conclusion of this discussion, there were several lines of dialogue. There were two posts suggesting that WG-C should cease work until this WG can complete its report, and a majority of the posts suggesting that WG-C should continue working, though trying something new to move its work ahead. As for what the "something new" should be, a number of posts have suggested asking the members of WG-C to summarize their work into written position statements, both as a means to share the positions with the larger Internet community and as an exercise to focus the group's thinking.
As to what should become of these statements, there seems to be some consensus that there will be a public comment period, and perhaps the opportunity to revise or compromise the statements. There has also been a suggestion that these position statements may actually represent the final work product of WG-C. It was reiterated that WG-C should not be closed down, and it was emphasized that its work should be completed. The Recommendations WG-D forwards are as an interim solution to help the process move forward. These recommendations include two main procedural points: 1) determining current situation, identifying current areas of disagreement; 2) encouraging greater participation by attempting to limit the amount of postings to the list-serve per day to ensure all interested parties can participate.
Working Group D recommendation:
Working Group D recommends that the NC ask the working group to:
Such a proposal should provide for "rebuttals," so that once each group had read the others' reports, they could have time to draft a short reply. It might then be helpful to publish the report for a public comment. You might even allow each group to revise (hopefully, compromise) their reports prior to submitting a final output of the WG to the NC.
Working Group D recommends that WG-C makes sure that all interested parties really taking part. Either the co-chairs of the WG need to make sure to have input from all, or that the representatives involved are working with their constituencies. IN order to be sure not to discourage participation, the environment must encourage participation. Mechanisms of controling amount of traffic on WG-C list-serve, and providing interim report on positions and differing views will allow the WG-to determine where they may be close to compromise, and where they may not.
Working Group D believes that WG-C can reach possible compromise. ** WG-C, as currently constituted, with its current leadership, is in a position to find compromise, consensus solutions to at least part of the problem if left to find its own way.
The recommendations by WG-D are intended to move this process forward, and ensure ability for all interested parties to participate.
Co-Chairs of Working Group D
Bret Fausset and Theresa Swinehart