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Re: COMMENT To ICANN: Membership Criteria for NCDNH Constituency

Bill and all,

  We [INEGroup] agree with Bills suggestion that participation in
another constituency should not necessarily be a limitation in
participation in another.  However we do believe that the ICANN
Bylaws should only modify that section of the bylaws that makes
for that limitation, rather than Drop it all together as Bill suggests.

The ICANN bylaws with respect to the resolutions taken in Berlin
regarding constituencies should be modified to allow for
organizations and other entities to participate in more than one
constituency, limiting them to voting privileges in only one
constituency but allowed membership in other constituencies
as NON-VOTING members.  In addition with respect to the NCDNHC,
only strictly NON-COMMERCIAL entities should be allowed as voting
members in the NCDNHC...

J. William Semich (NIC JWS7) wrote:

> Hello ICANN Board;
> The Internet Users Society - Niue (IUS-N) has actively participated in the
> formation of the NCDNHC from it's earliest formation period. We strongly
> support that the application and charter submitted to the ICANN Board be
> approved, with one important modification.
> The application's proposed Membership Criteria states "membership is
> limited to organizations that are not also members of other DNSO
> constituencies." This provision will exclude a large number of
> noncommercial organizations which have a strong interest in noncommercial
> domain name policies from active participation in this constituency.
> Several noncommercial entities throughout the world which meet all the
> other requirements for participation in the NCDNHC are organized in a
> manner in which their active, noncommercial or public interest branch is
> part of a larger entity, or may have a subdivision, which may have other
> activities which require them to participate in other constituencies of the
> In addition, several International entities which are working in the public
> interest in a noncommercial manner to build Internet awareness or
> participation across the world may have affiliations or divisions which are
> also active on other constituencies of the DNSO. These entities should all
> be allowed to participate in the NCDNHC.
> Also, such an exclusionary provision in any DNSO Constituency's charter is
> not permitted by the ICANN Bylaws:
> (a)  Each Constituency shall self-organize, and shall determine its own
> criteria for participation, except that no
> individual or entity shall be excluded from participation in a Constituency
> merely because of participation in
> another Constituency..."
> I strongly urge the Members of the Board of ICANN approve the NCDNHC
> application with the proviso that this limitation on membership be dropped.
> Respectfully,
> J. William Semich
> President
> Internet Users Society - Niue
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