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Comment on DNSO Formation Principles: DNSO Membership Committee proposal

Please permit me to point out that my proposal for a DNSO Membership
Committee (below) was accepted by both the Paris and BMW
drafts, and that it was left off the CENTR consensus document in
Singapore by mere inadvertence under the pressures of the day. 

Such a DNSO Membership Committee is an important adjunct to the
present DNSO Formation Principles and especially to the provisions
regarding constituencies as it helps to ensure that they remain open
to new members. I would hope that, since it's inclusion was agreed
upon by a consensus of all parties, you will add it to the final
DNSO document.

Proposal for a DNSO Membership Committee.

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,
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
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
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
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
names as possible, rather than to exclude any entities or parties by 
devising restrictive practices or by exerting personal prejudice,
that cases of rejection of an application for membership in the DNSO 
will be unusual, the onus of defending such rejections bearing on
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.