Communiqué of the Governmental
24 August 1999
TUESDAY, 24 AUGUST 1999 - The Governmental Advisory Committee
of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers held its third
meeting today. The attending Committee members, representing 28 national
governments, distinct economies as recognised in international fora, and
multinational governmental and treaty organisations, issued the following
The Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) has had fruitful discussions
around substantive issues relating to the usage of the Internet across
the worldwide community and the administration of the country code top
level domains. The GAC initiated a positive and constructive process for
addressing these and other significant Internet policy issues, and as
a consequence makes the following recommendations to the ICANN Board:
A. With regard to ICANN's Proposed Interim Policy for
Geographic Diversity on the ICANN Board of Directors:
The GAC supports the underlying principles of geographic diversity
and international representation in the context of ICANN. The GAC believes
that these principles are best implemented using the criterion of citizenship,
as specified in the By-laws of ICANN, to determine the eligibility of
directors of the board of ICANN and of participants in the Councils
of the Supporting Organizations. In addition, taking into consideration
the practicality of determining the electorate, the GAC supports the
use of residency as the criterion for determining the eligibility of
B. With regard to principles for the delegation of management
for country code top level domains:
1. The GAC reaffirmed its May resolution that the
Internet naming system is a public resource and that the management
of a TLD Registry must be in the public interest.
2. Accordingly, the GAC considers that no private
intellectual or other property rights inhere to the TLD itself nor accrue
to the delegated manager of the TLD as the result of such delegation.
3. The GAC also reaffirmed that the delegation of
a ccTLD Registry is subject to the ultimate authority of the relevant
public authority or government. The GAC discussed the development of
best practices for the administration of ccTLDs and agreed to continue
The next face-to-face meeting of the GAC will be held on 2 November 1999
in Los Angeles, to coincide with ICANN's next round of meetings.
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