What's this about?  Highlights
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. 

We present here a process for the formation of such an organization. We invite interested parties to join us in completing this work, and presenting an application to ICANN for recognition as the DNSO.

Please send your comments and proposal for participation to <process@dnso.org>.  The following meeting dates are related to consultations on formation of the DNSO.

What's New
February 17, 1999: See Invitation to DNSO Meeting on March 2, 1999, at the Suntec Convention Centre in Singapore in conjunction with APRICOT.

February 5, 1999: See the APPLICATION TO BECOME THE DOMAIN NAME SUPPORT ORGANIZATION, submitted by Electronic Commerce Europe (ECE), European ISP Association (EuroISPA), Information Technology Association of America (ITAA), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), 
International Council of Registrars (CORE), International Trademark Association (INTA), Internet Society (ISOC), Policy Oversight Committee (POC), and World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is available along with an accompanying cover letter to ICANN.

January 29, 1999: Washington, D.C., Meeting - Facilitator's Findings

January 26, 1999: ICC's comments on the INTA draft. Also see comments page.

January 26, 1999: Christopher Wilkinson of the European Commission, DG XIII, has submitted comments on Public sector user participation in the membership of the ICANN and its related Supporting Organisations. Also see comments page.

January 19, 1999: DNSO "Merged Draft" is now available.

January 17, 1999: ICIIU has submitted ICIIU Proposal for the Formation and Function of a DNSO Membership 
Committee, ICIIU Counter-Proposal to the INTA Proposal for a Domain Name Supporting Organization, Why the DNSO Should Not Incorporate Separately, ICIIU Criterion for DNSO Membership. Also see comments page.

January 15, 1999: Ellen Rony's comparison of DNSO draft proposals.

January 15, 1999: The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has submitted ICC DNSO Principles and Preliminary ICC comments on the Barcelona/Monterrey Application to ICANN. Also see comments page.

January 13, 1999: Additional comments received on DNSO Proposals from Network Solutions Inc. Also see comments page.

January 11, 1999: Comments received on DNSO Proposals

January 11, 1999: Letter of Invitation to Domain Names Meeting Friday, January 22, 1999, Washington, D.C. (online registration form)

January 8, 1999: See DNSO Application Comments Survey.

January 7, 1999: See January 7, 1999 DNSO Progress Update.

January 2, 1999: See important clarification on the DNSO Application Timetable and comment procedure for DNSO Draft Applications. Note that comments should be sent to <proposals@dnso.org>.

December 21, 1998: See Information Concerning the Formation of ICANN Supporting Organizations.

December 18, 1998: Draft INTA Proposal for Domain Name Supporting Organization.

December 16, 1998: Draft of Application to Become the Domain Name Support Organization.

November 7, 1998: Announcement from the Drafting Committee.

November 3, 1998: More details are available on the ICANN Board Public Meeting on November 14, 1998.

October 29, 1998: ICANN Board Announces Public Meeting

October 29, 1998: ICANN Elects Board and Appoints Interim President

October 29, 1998: Glossary of Acronyms added to DNSO web site. 

October 28, 1998: ICANN is planning ICANN Open BOD Meeting on November 14, 1998 (Saturday) in USA. The DNSO Meeting Committee has tentatively agreed to delay the Monterrey DNSO Meeting by one day to the new date of November 15-17 (Sunday, Monday & Tuesday morning), pending official announcement of ICANN Open BOD Meeting in USA on November 14th. 

October 25, 1998: Final list of participants of the October 16-18th, 1998 meeting in Barcelona, Spain is now available. Monterrey, Mexico in November is coming up next!

October 23, 1998: Information on the DNSO formation consultation meeting in Monterrey, Mexico on November 15-17, 1998, is now available. 

October 21, 1998: Meeting notes from the the October 16-18th, 1998 meeting in Barcelona, Spain are now available. 

October 15, 1998: List of participants for the October 16-18th, 1998 meeting is now available.

October 9, 1998: Agenda for the October 16-18th, 1998 meeting is now available.

October 5, 1998: More information about the October 16-18th, 1998 meeting in Barcelona, Spain is now available.

Sept 23, 1998: DNSO Formation Consultation meeting planned for Barcelona, Spain on October 16-18th, 1998.

All the latest announcements.
Related key DNSO formation documents.
DNSO formation consultation meetings
DNSO formation mailing lists.
How to contact us.
Glossary of Acronyms.