DNSO Names Council Teleconference on February 18th, 2000 - minutes

February 18th, 2000.

Proposed agenda and related documents:


Adopted agenda:

  1. Election of Names Council Chair for next 6 month (until Yokohama meeting)
  2. Status report from WGB Co-Chairs (Kathy Kleinman/Philip Sheppard/Mike Palage)
  3. Status report from WGC Co-Chair (Jonathan Weinberg)
  4. Status report from WGD Co-Chair (Theresa Swinehart)
  5. Status report from WGE Co-Chair (Youn Jung Park)
  6. Creation of .eu
  7. Budget report
  8. Agenda for the Cairo meeting
  9. Berkman Center Proposal on Names Council Meetings -Process/Procedural Rules
  10. Status Report from GA Chairs

List of attendees:
   Tony Harris             ISPCP             absent
   Hirofumi Hotta          ISPCP
   Michael Schneider       ISPCP
   Philip Sheppard         Business
   Masanobu Katoh          Business
   Theresa Swinehart       Business
   Erica Roberts           Registrars        absent
   Ken Stubbs              Registrars
   Don Telage              gTLD              absent, replaced by Chuck Gomes
   Caroline Chicoine       IP
   Axel Aus der Muhlen     IP                absent
   Guillermo Carey         IP                absent
   Dennis Jennings         ccTLD
   Patricio Poblete        ccTLD
   Raul Echeberria         NCDNH             absent
   Kathryn Kleiman         NCDNH             absent, replaced by Dany Vandromme
   Youn Jung Park          NCDNH
   Louis Touton            ICANN Legal Counselor
   Andrew McLaughlin       ICANN Senior Adviser
   Roberto Gaetano         GA Chair          part time
   Ben Edelman             Harvard, webcasting
   Elisabeth Porteneuve    DNSO Secretariat

Chair Caroline Chicoine (IPC) until her plane departure, then Ken Stubbs (Registrars)

Quorum present

  1. Election of Names Council Chair for next 6 month (until Yokohama meeting)
  2. It was resolved that until July Yokohama meeting Ken Stubbs (Registrars) will act as the NC Chair, helped on the ad hoc basis by Dennis Jennings (ccTLD) and Caroline Chicoine (IPC).

  3. Status report from WGB Co-Chairs (Kathy Kleinman/Philip Sheppard/Mike Palage)
  4. Working Group B intends to have an interim report available for consideration by the Names Council and the Board at the Cairo meeting. Kathy Kleiman and Philip Sheppard have recently put together and posted to WG B a document designed to refresh the path to consensus and reach common ground on new gTLDs and the treatment of famous names.

    The NC stressed out the importance to have all the Constituencies represented in both WG B and WG C.

  5. Status report from WGC Co-Chair (Jonathan Weinberg)
  6. Jon Weinberg did a good job, and identified what are the problems.

    However it was also felt than the same questions are discussed over and over again since years, and whoever have any opinion voiced it. The agressive outreach for participation has been made, and should be documented. It is expected than after Cairo meeting an analysis of results will be made and put forward. During Cairo meeting the NC will elect the liaison co-chair for the WG-C.

  7. .EU
  8. Philip Sheppart reported on .EU subject discussed at European Commission meeting held in Brussels on Feb 17th. A quite enthousiastic support from citizens, companies and governments in favor of .EU creation. .EU is on the ISO 3166 reserve list standing for the Euro currency. The European Union want to use it as a TLD for the territory of the European Union. The justification for this is that it is on a list from which to date ccTLDs have been created. The six weeks comments period is underway in Europe, and after the consultation the Commission will proceed.

    Dennis Jennings, recalling his neutral position to the .EU creation, made objections with regards to the current lack of process for the evalluation and creation of ccTLDs. Louis Touton recalled the current policy with regards to the creation of new ccTLDs indeed exists and follows the ICP-1 document.

    The NC felt that there is nothing to debate about .EU at this stage, no formal request being received at ICANN.

  9. Budget
  10. The status of payements for the DNSO expenses to ICANN show $US5000 collected.

    The NC requests formally than the ICANN reimbourses the NC debt of $US 2600 to Berkman Center for webcasting.

    The budget for DNSO services as estimated by the Secretariat to $US 250000 for a yearly services was debated. http://www.dnso.org/clubpublic/council/Arc03/msg00428.html

    Whereas the budget was estimated very reasonable by Dennis Jennings, he stressed that the difficulty remains in raising of the DNSO fundings outside of the ICANN budget. Some are concerned that many ressources are needed to deal with the big noise on the GA-ga list. Whereas Constituencies are already big contributors to the ICANN budget, they have difficulties to justify anything additionnal to the DNSO.

    The small commitee including ICANN staff, Elisabeth Porteneuve, Dennis Jennings, Philip Sheppard and somebody from Registrars shall revisit the budget proposal in Cairo.

  11. WGD
  12. The WG-D report is being prepared for public comments, and will be submitted shortly.

  13. WGE
  14. The WG-E prepared and published its report on the dnso.org website, the group will hold a meeting in Cairo.

  15. NC agenda for Cairo
  16. Report from the GA Chair (Roberto Gaetano)
  17. The first main concern of the GA Chair and Alternate was to establish and adopt mailing rules for the GA-ga list. The next step is to establish a discussion between GA-ga list and the GA body. There are fears than the GA-ga list will never do anything except discussing procedures. In fact hundreds are interested to discuss real domain names matters, and the DNSO needs to find a way to do it. During physical GA meeting in Cairo it is expected that Constituencies members will attend the GA meeting, and than all forces will take responsibility in GA life.

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