ICIIU Proposal for the Formation and Function of a DNSO Membership

A Membership Committee of the DNSO shall be formed, comprised of one
member of the Names Council, who will also act as the Committee's
Chairman and report on Committee activities to the Names Council, and
one member of each of the Constituencies. The Membership Committee's
function will be to review applications for voting membership in the

The Names Council member of the Membership Committee will act to assure
that all applicants for membership in the DNSO fulfill the minimum
criteria for membership in the DNSO, for example that they possess a
domain name (if that is so decided). The other Committee members will
act to assure that applicants have applied with the appropriate
Constitutencies, and that they fulfill the Constituencies' minimum
requirements for membership.

The Committee will circulate applications for membership among its
members, or otherwise perform its function, with as little expenditure
of time and effort as possible and by employing Internet-based
communications. It is understood that the Committee's function
is to include in the DNSO as many entities with an interest in domain names
as possible, rather than to exclude any entities or parties by devising
restrictive practices or by exerting personal prejudice, and that cases of
rejection of an application for membership in the DNSO will be unusual, the
onus of defending such rejections bearing on the Committee. There will
furthermore be no investigation of applicants beyond the ascertainment of
their personal identity, nor any other measures restrictive to individual
freedom and the right to privacy.