Three years of the General Assembly of the DNSO
24 May 2002
(fact 5 added)
The DNSO GA is going to celebrate its 3rd Birthday on 25 May 2002.
Over three years the DNSO has been working in open and transparent way, providing the place for essential public representation in debates on ICANN policies, thanks to endless efforts of many individuals.
"There is no single organization that meets the exact requirements for the Domain Name Support Organization ("DNSO") specified in the Bylaws of the reconstituted Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), also known as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Therefore, such an organization must be formed."
The first www.dnso.org server was created on 23 September 1998 on the initiative of Amadeu Abril i Abril. Until 8 June 1999 the old www.dnso.org server was kindly hosted by the International Telecommunication Union at Geneva. Subsequent to the DNSO GA in Berlin, the new www.dnso.org server was set up on 1st June 1999 at AFNIC offices in Paris, and started operations immediately. More at http://www.dnso.org/dnso/notes/19990606.GAberlin-dnsoreport.html
Since then every year the DNSO (NC and GA) elects 1 ICANN Board Director. http://www.dnso.org/elections/2000.DNSO-ICANN-election-result.html. http://www.dnso.org/elections/2001.DNSO-ICANN-election-result.html.
The ccTLDs provide services to their "local Internet communities", developing and funding local policies, and are accountable locally. The "local Internet communities" (private and public sectors, to which government and individuals belong), develop and manage policies within a "sovereignty" of the ccTLD space.
For the gTLDs, it is ICANN itself which has to perform the role of the "local Internet community", bring users and producers, gTLD Registrants, gTLD Registries and gTLD Registrars together, and be accountable globaly.
The ccTLDs bring diverse and rich expertise of their "local Internet communities" policies to the DNSO and to the ICANN melting pot. But the ccTLDs do not interefere between themselves, neither can be bound by other policies that those adopted by their "local Internet communities".
The summary of those votes (date, electorate, participation to vote, subject, URL to the full records of vote) are provided in: http://www.dnso.org/secretariat/gavotesummary.html
The GA Voting Registry includes members from various sectors of activity (gTLD Registries, Registrars, ccTLD Managers, Business, Universities, Telecommunication Industry, Law firms, Consumers organizations) as well as individuals.
Some ICANN Board Directors, current or former, are on the Voting Registry records.
The IETF Chair is on the Voting Registry records.
One may note on the Voting Registry the participation of Ms Becky Burr, who was representing the US Government and signing the first MoU with ICANN on 25 November 1998, cf. http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/icann-memorandum.htm, and in the GA archives the participation of Joe Sims, who was signatory to the same MoU on behalf of ICANN newly created.
It starts with 526 different persons in January 2000. Currently 990 persons are subscribers, following debates on Domain Names related issues in ICANN process.
The new DNSO Secretariat started to operate in October 2001, and is still awaiting the signature of contract for services with ICANN, acting as legal entity for the DNSO.
The DNSO Secretariat operates with a budget of $60,000 per year, which is approximately 2 orders of magnitude smaller than ICANN budget. All documents, agendas, minutes and Mpeg3 recordings of the NC meetings are available in archives. The comprehensive summary of the NC meetings in 2002 is provided at http://www.dnso.org/dnso/notes/2002.NC-calendar.html
Elisabeth Porteneuve, the first DNSO Secretary