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ICANN used to require individual participation but it has beenremoved
On November 6, 1998, ICANN's by-laws contained the following, a clear
requirement for the ability of individuals to participate fully in
Supporting Organizations and to participate with partity with
That language is no longer part of ICANN's bylaws.
In other words, ICANN has removed a very important committment it made
regarding participation by individuals.
This change was made, I believe during or shortly after the SO creation
rodeo held in Singapore.
It was a change made without any significant public discussion of this
It is important that ICANN restore this requirement for individual
pariticipation in *ALL* Supporting Orgnizations, not merely the DNSO.
It is important for ICANN to immediately recognize the Individual Domain
Name Owners constituency in the DNSO.
On Nov 6, 1998 ICANN's by-laws said:
ARTICLE VI: SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS
Section 2. QUALIFICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP IN A SUPPORTING ORGANIZATION
The Board shall review and, if consistent with the purposes of the
Corporation and its Articles and Bylaws and the purposes of the
Supporting Organization, ratify any qualifications for membership adopted
by each of the Supporting Organizations. Participation in a Supporting
Organization shall be open to any individual or organization that meets
the minimum qualifications adopted by the Supporting Organization and
ratified by the Board. Each Supporting Organization may adopt membership
structures, including open or multiple classes or categories of members,
that it deems appropriate for its effective functioning, consistent with