ICANN/DNSO


Business Plan for the DNSO Names Council 2001-2002


20 February 2001

Draft Version 5

Superseeded Version 4 from 8 January 2001 http://www.dnso.org/dnso/notes/2001-02.v4.NCbusinessplan.html

Version 5 follows outreach in January and February 2001 to all NC constituencies and subsequent feedback on the proposed objectives. This version amends those objectives and adds strategies required to reach the objectives. It will be widely discussed, possibly amended and adopted by the NC at its March 2001 meeting.

Basis

Resolution from NC meeting November 2000:

1. "The Names Council agrees to the concept of establishing a Business Plan and to establish a Business Plan Task Force (BPTF) to manage the development of a plan for the period 2001-2002 and prepare a draft for approval by the NC at it meeting in March 2001."

2 "The Names Council: (a) instructs the Business Plan Task Force (BPTF) to prepare and publish details of a consulting process which sets out a time frame that provides each constituency with the opportunity to contribute to, and comment on, the proposed business plan, and (b) encourages each of the constituencies to comment on, and identify proposed objectives, strategies, detailed actions and measures of success to be incorporated into the draft business plan.

Structure

1. A mission statement

2. A set of objectives that the NC intends to meet within a given time frame.

3. A set of optimal strategies under each objective outlining the way the objectives will be met.

The following will typically be set as part of the terms of reference of the relevant NC task force or group:

4. A set of specific actions - the tactics describing in detail how each strategy will be carried out.

5. A set of criteria for the measurement of success.

6. A review and evaluation process.

Mission statement

"To manage a process of consensus building within the Domain Name Supporting Organization and to advise the Board with respect to policy issues relating to the domain name system."

Proposed objectives for the NC 2001-2002

Policy and Board related

1. UDRP.

  1. Review and evaluate the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy and propose changes for consideration by the ICANN Board.

    Timeframe: 2001.

  2. Consider need for further revisions in the light of the 2000 - 2001 Second WIPO Domain Name Process - WIPO2 RFC-2 looking at issues involving domain names and property other than trademarks.

    Timeframe: 2001

Strategies

1.1 Establish an interim committee to propose terms of reference for an NC task force or other group.

2. TLDs.

  1. Review and evaluate the new TLD registries with respect to their impact on net users and the creation of a stable domain name system with high user confidence. Propose changes for consideration by the ICANN Board.

    Timeframe: 2001.

  2. Review and evaluate the selection criteria for additional new applicants for new TLDs. Propose changes for consideration by the ICANN Board.

    Timeframe: 2002.

Strategies

2.1 Establish an interim committee to propose terms of reference for an NC task force or other group.

3. WhoIs.

    Monitor and advise the Board on policy issues relating to Whois policies.

    Timeframe: 2001-2002

Strategies

3.1 Establish an interim committee to propose terms of reference for an NC task force.

4 ccTLDs.

    Monitor and advise the Board on the dispute resolution and WhoIs policies within ccTLDs.

    Timeframe: 2001

Strategies

4.1 Request the ccTLD constituency to report on local dispute resolution mechanisms and efforts towards harmonisation.

4.2 Request the ccTLD constituency to report on WhoIs policies and efforts towards harmonisation.

5. Multilingual Domain Names.

    Develop consensus policies for implementation of multilingual domain names.

    Timeframe: 2001.

Strategies

5.1 Request ICANN to review and evaluate the Verisign Multilingual Testbed prior to live launch of multilingual domain name registrations.

5.2 Establish an interim committee to propose terms of reference for an NC task force or other group.

DNSO operation related

6. NC review.

    Identify key initiatives required to improve the functioning of the NC. Propose changes for consideration by the ICANN Board where Board authority is required.

    Timeframe: March 2001 to identify and implement by end 2001.

Strategies

6.1 Establish an interim committee to propose terms of reference for an NC task force or other group to implement the following:

6.2 Consultation. Review the recommendations of WG D and the Review task force and working group report and implement a means of outreach and stakeholder consultation with built-in mechanisms for fulfilling the objectives.

6.3 GA Chair. Review the current system of election for the General Assembly chair and propose changes if required.

6.4 Individuals Constituency. Review the need, uniqueness, potential contribution and representiveness of an individual domain name holder's constituency.

6.5 Language diversity. Recommend cost effective means to provide language diversity in the context of DNSO decisions.

6.6 Consensus. Recommend to the NC a practical definition of consensus for the purposes of NC consultation activities.

7. NC secretariat.

    Establish a professional secretariat for the NC.

    Timeframe: 2001 first half and on-going.

Strategies

7.1 Establish a Search sub-committee within the Budget Committee to identify candidates and working with the NC chair make a recommendation for recruitment to the NC.

8. NC funding.

    Resolve long-term funding issue for the Names Council.

    Timeframe: 2001 first half.

Strategies

8.1 Maintain an active Budget Committee to assess funding options and make recommendations to the NC.


Information from:
DNSO Names Council