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

April 18th, 2000.

Proposed agenda and related documents:


List of attendees:
   Dennis Jennings         ccTLD          absent
   Patricio Poblete        ccTLD
   Philip Sheppard         Business
   Masanobu Katoh          Business
   Theresa Swinehart       Business
   Hirofumi Hotta          ISPCP
   Tony Harris             ISPCP          left before the close
   Michael Schneider       ISPCP
   Erica Roberts           Registrars
   Ken Stubbs              Registrars
   Paul Kane               Registrars
   Roger Cochetti          gTLD
   Caroline Chicoine       IP
   Axel Aus der Muhlen     IP
   Guillermo Carey         IP
   Youn Jung Park          NCDNH
   Kathryn Kleiman         NCDNH
   Zakaria Amar            NCDNH          arrived in late
   Louis Touton            ICANN Legal Counselor
   Elisabeth Porteneuve    DNSO Secretariat
   Pam Brewster            alexanderogilvy.com (ICANN PR)

Chair Ken Stubbs (Registrars)

Quorum present
Agenda and related documents

Ken Stubbs will be chairing the NC teleconference.

  1. Minutes from the last NC teleconference, 31 March 2000
  2. Approved unanimously

  3. Review of the current working group reports
  4. On 21 March 2000, two reports were submitted to the Names Council, and published on the DNSO website:

    On 17 April 2000, some additional documents has been submitted to the Names Council, and published on the DNSO website:

    The WG-B and WG-C are not on the same schedule. Whereas WG-C consensus report has been published for public comments, WG-B formal report is just arriving. The Names Council felt it was necessary to to consider the WG-C consensus report and at the same time give more time to the WG-B.

    Two questions were asked to the Names Council, and the straw poll taken:

    1. Did the Names Council believe there was consensus on the opening of new gTLDs ?
    2. Did the Names Council believe there was consensus that the initial number for roll out should be 6 to 10 new gTLDs ?

    The vote tally on the first item was 13 YES, 3 ABSTAIN, 2 ABSENT. Passed.

    The vote tally on the second item was 5 YES, 9 NO, 2 ABSTAIN, 2 ABSENT. Failed.

    The details of votes follow:

                                              Question1   Question2
       Dennis Jennings         ccTLD          absent      absent
       Patricio Poblete        ccTLD          yes         abstain
       Philip Sheppard         Business       yes         no
       Masanobu Katoh          Business       yes         abstain
       Theresa Swinehart       Business       yes         no
       Hirofumi Hotta          ISPCP          yes         yes
       Tony Harris             ISPCP          abstain     no
       Michael Schneider       ISPCP          abstain     no
       Erica Roberts           Registrars     yes         yes
       Ken Stubbs              Registrars     yes         no
       Paul Kane               Registrars     yes         no
       Roger Cochetti          gTLD           yes         no
       Caroline Chicoine       IP             yes         no
       Axel Aus der Muhlen     IP             abstain     no
       Guillermo Carey         IP             yes         yes
       Youn Jung Park          NCDNH          yes         yes
       Kathryn Kleiman         NCDNH          yes         yes
       Zakaria Amar            NCDNH          absent      absent

    Some members of the Names Council felt that whereas the role of the WGs is to gather public opinions and thoughts, the NC members should discuss among themselves, then combine both, and later deliver to the Board. The role of the NC is to ensure they represent the NC stakeholders, and provide recommendations based on it. Sometimes Working Groups are dominated by large talkers, not representing point of view of the Constituencies.

    The draft of Statement to the ICANN Board, as amended by the Names Council, was moved as a motion by Theresa Swinehart, and seconded by Paul Kane. The Statement was approved by an unanimous vote (16 YES, 2 absents Dennis Jennings and Tony Harris).

    The Statement on the new gTLDs was published immediately, and is archived on the DNSO website: http://www.dnso.org/dnso/notes/20000419.NCgtlds-statement.html

    The NC resolved to open three weeks call for public comments on the WG-B formal report: http://www.dnso.org/dnso/notes/20000419.NCwgb-comments.html.

  5. The NC noted the difficulties to accomodate Constituencies and Working Groups meetings in Yokohama, where the ICANN meetings are scheduled in addition to the INET'2000 conference, with the specific constraints on the Board schedule.
  6. The next NC teleconferences will be held on May 17th, 2000
  7. The issue of Independent Review Nominating Committee is postponed tothe next teleconference.

    Information from:
    DNSO Names Council