UPDATE: DNSO Constituency Group Resolution Passed at ICANN's May 27 Board meeting
IMPORTANT NOTICE - This document contains information about the DNSO Constituency Formation Process and statements provided by individuals and organizations working to self-organize DNSO Constituency Groups, in accordance with Article VI-B of the ICANN Bylaws. Following public comment, the ICANN Board will consider recognizing Initial DNSO Constituency Groups at its next regularly scheduled meeting in Berlin on May 26-27, 1999.
Please submit comments regarding constituency formation to
All comments will be posted on the ICANN website at
for public review and response. (If your comment is not posted
within 12 hours of its submission, please contact
Comments received by midnight, U.S. West Coast time, May 21,
will be considered by the ICANN Board of Directors in advance of any action
on these matters at its meetings in Berlin. The ICANN Board will also consider
comments made at its public forum on May 26 in Berlin. (For details
The Domain Names Supporting Organization Formation Concepts statement adopted by the ICANN Board of Directors on March 4, and the recently adopted bylaw changes designed to implement that statement, call for the formation of a number of self-organized Constituency Groups within the DNSO. In particular, these documents specify that the DNSO will include the following Initial Constituency Groups:
Commercial and business entities
ISPs and connectivity providers
Non-commercial domain name holders
Trademark, intellectual property, anti-counterfeiting interests
These groups will be responsible for selecting members of the DNSO Council--the body that will be responsible for the management of the DNSO's consensus building process, and for communicating DNSO recommendations about Domain Name System policy to the ICANN Board of Directors.
Constituency Organizing Efforts
ICANN staff will be assisting in the coordination of constituency formation efforts. To that end, anyone who is working to organize a constituency should inform ICANN of his or her efforts. We will be posting information (below) about Constituency Group organization efforts as it is submitted to us (via email to Molly Shaffer Van Houweling, email@example.com. Submissions should include identification and contact information for the multiple individuals or organizations within a constituency category who are working together to organize a Constituency Group. In cases in which ICANN receives multiple submissions regarding the same Constituency, we will encourage the submitters to coordinate their efforts if possible. Constituency organizers are reminded that constituencies will be required (in accordance with Bylaw provisions adopted by the ICANN Board on March 31), to "operate to the maximum extent feasible in an open and transparent manner and consistent with procedures designed to ensure fairness."
Berlin Constituency Group Meetings
Organizers who hope to have a Constituency recognized at the ICANN meeting in Berlin should prepare as soon as possible a statement of their criteria for participation in the Constituency and their planned process for selecting Names Council members. These statements will be distributed to the ICANN Board of Directors and posted on the ICANN web site.
Constituency organizers are invited to hold in-person meetings in Berlin on the morning of May 25, in conjunction with other ICANN meetings to be held that week. To that end, the following rooms have been reserved for each Constituency organizing effort from 8:30 - 12:00 on Tuesday, May 25. These meetings will be open to the public and are intended to bring together everyone interested in discussing the formation of a given constituency.
|DNSO CONSTITUENCY||MEETING ROOM|
|ccTLD registries||Maritim ProArte Hotel
Friedrichstr. 151, D-10117 Berlin Mitte
|Commercial and business entities||Hotel Adlon, Konferenzraum II|
|gTLD registries||Hotel Adlon, Bibliothek|
|ISPs and connectivity providers||Hotel Adlon, Bundeszimmer|
|Non-commercial domain name holders||Hotel Adlon, Kaminzimmer|
|Registrars||Hotel Adlon, Lindenzimmer|
|Trademark, intellectual property, anti-counterfeiting interests||Hotel Adlon, Konferenzraum I|
[Note that the details of the room arrangements are subject to change. Changes will be posted on this page.]
In addition, the first meeting of the DNSO General Assembly will be held in the afternoon on May 25, 1999, 1:30 pm - 5:00, in the Hotel Adlon's Ballsaal I & II. As provided for in the ICANN bylaws, there will be a participation fee of DM 95 ($50 USD), to be collected in German DM in cash at the door. The participation fee is intended solely to fund the costs of DNSO-related meeting rooms, facilities, and webcasting services.
Organizers should plan to submit final written proposals for constituency recognition no later than 5:00 pm, Berlin time, May 25. Time permitting, organizers will be invited to give brief presentations at the open ICANN meeting in Berlin on May 26.
Following recognition of the seven Initial Constituencies, the ICANN
Board may consider recognizing additional Consituencies. The ICANN Bylaws
provide that "[a]ny group of individuals or entities may petition the Board
for recognition as a new or separate Constituency. Any such petition will
be posted for public comment pursuant to Article III, Section 3. The Board
may create new Constituencies in response to such a petition, or on its
own motion, if it determines that such action would serve the purposes
of the Corporation." As the Initial Constituencies will not yet have been
recognized, the ICANN Board will not be considering any additional Constituencies
at its next meeting in Berlin. However, information about additional
Constituency organization efforts will be posted here as it is made
available as it is received. Such submissions should be made via
email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitted by Fay Howard, (email@example.com), April 14, 1999. Updated April 22, 1999.
"On behalf of the Co-chairs of the World Wide Alliance of TLDs (listed below) CENTR will facilitate a meeting to form the ccTLD Constituency of the ICANN DNSO in Berlin on Tuesday, 25 May 1999. A preliminary notice has been issued to all ccTLDs.
Some individual registries and regional ccTLD groups are already formulating ideas for the structure and rules of the new ccTLD constituency. We hope to coordinate these efforts and make progress towards a constituency proposal in advance of the Berlin meeting. To ensure that all registries have the chance to participate and give input to the process, the wwTLD mailing list <firstname.lastname@example.org> will be used to present ideas and encourage debate. Details of the meeting venue will follow. A draft agenda for the meeting is being developed in consultation with the wwTLD Co-chairs."
A ccTLD constituency page has been established on the CENTR website at http://www.centr.org/constpage.html.
For further information please contact CENTR Manager, Fay Howard, email@example.com>
wwTLD Co-chairs :
Kilnam Chon, Chairman of APTLD (the Asian-Pacific Top Level Domain Forum) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Oscar Robles Representative of LACTLD (Latin American & Caribbean ccTLDs) <email@example.com>
Nii Quaynor of Ghana TLD and member of the AfriNIC Provisional Board of Trustees <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Robert Hall (Chairman) & Bernard Turcotte (board member), the Canadian
Internet Registry Authority <email@example.com> <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Commercial and business entities
Originally submitted by Jon Englund (email@example.com), March 24, 1999. Update submitted by Christiaan van der Valk (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Javier Sola (email@example.com), May 5, 1999.
"A number of business organizations and companies have begun formal discussions on how to structure the business/commercial constituency of the Domain Names Supporting Organization. We welcome the participation and involvement of other business organizations and companies. An initial proposal has been developed and it is now posted for comment at http://www.eurointernet.org/dnso/buss1.htm
To participate in this constituency organizing effort, please contact either:
Christiaan van der Valk of the International Chamber of Commerce at
Sheila O'Neill or Jon Englund with the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) and ITAA at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com or
Javier Sola of the European Internet Business Association at firstname.lastname@example.org"
Submitted May 5, 1999
Draft Commercial And Business Entities Constituency Charter
[Note: See http://www.eurointernet.org/dnso/buss1.htm for updated version.]
Cover letter and report
submitted by Don Telage (email@example.com), April 26, 1999. (Also
posted at http://netsol.com/policy/icann427/)
Submitted by Richard Sexton (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 26, 1999. Revised and re-submitted by Gene Marsh (email@example.com), April 29, 1999.
"The organizations listed below are pleased to announce the formation of the Top Level Domain Association (TLDA), a gTLD Registry Constituency of the DNSO. The TLDA will be operating a website at http://www.tlda.org detailing information regarding associate organizations, discussion forums, recommendations and other top level domain issues.
All individuals and orgainizations with an interest in gTLD registry topics is encouraged to join and participate. Until further notice, please direct all participation requests and queries to either:
If you wish to contact a member of any one of these associate organizations, contact information in the form of an e-mail address has been provided as well.
VRx Network Services
Richard Sexton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Gene Marsh (email@example.com)
Jay Fenello (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Image Online Design, Inc.
Chris Ambler (email@example.com)
Network Management Associates
Einar Stefferud, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A Technology Company, Inc.
Jason Hendeles, (email@example.com)
Open Root Server Confederation
North American Root Server
Ron Kimball firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ed Gerck, Ph.D., (email@example.com)
These entities wish to foster and open and inclusive process as they and other organizations develop the gTLD Registry constituency. Physical gatherings may occur from time to time but all decisions will be made on the net.
Three mailing lists will be used for the identifcation and proposed solutions for all top level registry issues: One each for technical, legal and administrative. A quorum of these three groups will identify consensus."
Submitted May 3, 1999:
Participation criteria and Names Council selection plan
Submitted by Michael Schneider, firstname.lastname@example.org, May 3, 1999:
Application to become the ISPs and connectivity providers Constituency Group within the DNSO
Submitted on behalf of:
Submitted by Michael Sondow, email@example.com, April 10, 1999. Last updated May 17, 1999.
"The ICIIU is facilitating the organization of the Non-Commercial Domain
Name Holders Constituency (NCDNHC) of the
DNSO by providing a sign-up procedure on its website at http://www.iciiu.org/NCDNHC.htm, where there is information
about the constituency, the organization of the DNSO, and the Berlin formation meeting in May, as well as a sign-up form and
instructions for using it. Proposed guidelines for the NCDNHC's membership and voting procedures will also be found there.
Interested persons and organizations are invited to express their intention
to join the NCDNHC through the ICIIU procedure
as soon as possible in order to permit adequate representation in advance of the Berlin meeting.
The following entities have supported the ICIIU's constituency guidelines proposal and adhered to the NCDNHC:
-International Congress of Independent Internet Users (ICIIU)The ICIIU's proposed guidelines for the NCDNHC, as well as further information about the controversial process underway to organize it, can now be found at NCDNHC Update."
-Namibian Internet Development Foundation (NAMIDEF)
-The Communisphere Project
-Revista Electronica de Derecho Informatico REDI
-Comision Técnica Regional de Telecomunicaciones de Centro América (COMTELCA)
-The Biological Anthropology Forum (BAF)
-Personal Domain Name Holders Association (PDNHA)
-Distributed Knowledge Project (DNP)
-Asociacion de Internautas del Peru (AIP)
Submitted by Marty Burack, firstname.lastname@example.org, April 12, 1999. Updated April 26, 1999.
"The Internet Society and the other interested non-commercial organizations named below propose the formation of the constituency of non-commercial domain name holders of the ICANN Domain Name Supporting Organization (DNSO).
We will be actively seeking the involvement of other organizations in this endeavor. We hope to work together to include all interested non-profit domain name holders. Interested organizations are encouraged to contact:
LIST OF NON-COMMERCIAL DOMAIN NAME HOLDERS TAKING PART IN THIS INITIATIVE:
[An updated list will be maintained at http://www.isoc.org/internet/issues/dns/990409.shtml]
Submitted by Milton Muellerr, email@example.com, May 18, 1999:
Submitted by Amadeu Abril i Abril (Amadeu@nominalia.com):
Submitted by Michael Heltzer (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 31, 1999
"The organizations listed below have begun to coordinate efforts to form the Intellectual Property Constituency of the DNSO. If you wish to contact a member of any one of these organizations, contact information in the form of an e-mail address has been provided as well.
American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
Mike Kirk - email@example.com
Mark Hellmann - firstname.lastname@example.org
Courtney Bailey - email@example.com
Association Internationale Pour La Protection De La Propriete Industrielle
Dr. Ian Jay Kaufman - firstname.lastname@example.org
European Community Trade Mark Association (ECTA)
David H. Tatham - email@example.com
Federation Internationale Des Conseils EnPropriete Industrielle (FICPI)
Jonathan Cohen - firstname.lastname@example.org
International Trademark Association (INTA)
Michael Heltzer - email@example.com
Nicholas Wood - firstname.lastname@example.org
(1) Toronto, Ontario, Canada March 18 (Attended by the
organizations listed above.)
Contact: Jonathan Cohen (Shapiro Cohen) - FICPI - email@example.com
(2) Wellington, New Zealand April 12 and 13
Contact: Bill Howie (AJ Park & Son) - APAA - Whowie@ajpark.co.nz
Jonathan Cohen (Shapiro Cohen - Ottawa) - FICPI - firstname.lastname@example.org
(3) New York City, New York, USA May 4 and 5
Contact: Michael Heltzer - INTA - email@example.com
Dr. Ian Jay Kaufman (Ladas and Parry) - AIPPI - firstname.lastname@example.org
Parties who are not members of the IP community, but nonetheless have an interest in participating as observers at IP constituency meetings, are also welcome to attend."
Submitted by Michael Heltzer, (email@example.com), May 5, 1999
Submitted by Bret Fausett (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 9, 1999
"The undersigned are pleased to announce the creation of a new mailing list to discuss the creation of the trademark, intellectual property and anti-counterfeiting interest group contemplated by Section VI-B (3) (b) (7) of the ICANN Bylaws. We ask any individual, organization, or business entity interested in the interface between intellectual property law and namespace to join the online discussions that we hope will complement the planned in-person meetings and will lead to the recognition of this DNSO constituency group
Interested participants can begin the discussion at the dnso-ip mailing list. To subscribe, send a message to email@example.com, with the message "subscribe dnso-ip ___@_____.__," where the blanks denote your e-mail address.
Peter Dengate Thrush"
Submitted by Bret Fausett (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 26, 1999:
Submitted by Eric Brunner (email@example.com), May 6, 1999
Announcement of an (Indigenous) Intellectual Property Constituency Group
The Tribal Law mailing list members and a significant number of professionals, cultural institutional and governmental representatives have begun formal discussions on how to structure the Trademark, Intellectual Property and Anti-Counterfeiting Interests Constituency of the Domain Names Supporting Organization.
We welcome the participation and involvement of others with an interest in the problems and opportunities presented by the Internet as a means of cultural transmission between peoples, and the challenge of making the promise of
"fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of [knowledge] resources within the Internet"
An initial proposal has been developed and it is now posted for comment at http://www.world.std.com/~iipc.
To participate in this constituency organizing effort, please contact either:
James Casey of Morrison & Foerster (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Robert P.W. Gough of the Intertribal Council On Utility Policy(email@example.com),
Eric Brunner (firstname.lastname@example.org) of the Triballaw mailing list.
Submitted by Joop Teernstra (email@example.com), April 21, 1999. Last updated May 14, 1999.
"We wish to form the following constituency in the DNSO:
The Individual Domain Name Owners' constituency (IDNO), to be named the Cyberspace Association.
Joining criteria: Owning a Domain Name as an individual and having
sole control over it.
Both commercial and non-commercial individuals are welcome to join, especially those who do not see commercial activity or non-activity as the defining reason for participating in the DNSO.
Mission Statement: To be a voice for the Individual DN owners in the DNSO, to work for their interests and to provide representation for them on the Names Council.
Website with founders' statements: http://www.democracy.org.nz/idno/
Mailing list: There are two mailing lists:
Discusion list address : firstname.lastname@example.org
Constituency members can subscribe by sending a "subscribe idno" message to email@example.com
Anyone can subscribe to the announcements-only list: email firstname.lastname@example.org , in the message body write subscribe idno-announce
Both lists are moderated.
Proposed Rules: See http://www.democracy.org.nz/idno/organiz.htm.
We request recognition by ICANN as a legitimate constituency of the DNSO.
|Einar Stefferud||Dan Steinberg||Karl Auerbach||Kevin Kelly|
|Steve Page||Joop Teernstra||Jay Fenello||Arnold Gehring|
|Dominique Baron||William X. Walsh||Michael J.Scott||Ed Hightower|
|Rex Barnes||Kevin J. Connolly||Steven Troester||Andy Gardner|
|Rick R. Connor||Joe Abley||David Zanetti||M.C.Rose|
|Asher Ben-David||Richard Creech||Karl Peters||Glen A. Bayat|
|Joe Barry||Ravi Singhal||Bernhard Schulte||Ken Craft|
|Colin Causon||David Mullins||John Hicks||George Schmidt|
|Rachel Luxemburg||Debbie DeChamps||Dietmar Stefitz||Peter Hyde|
|Dave Chu||Eberhard Lisse||Luiscarlos Paez||Michael B.Weiner|
|Anick S. Lecordier||Wayne Johnson||Roeland Meyer||Johnson David|
|Engin Ertan||Darrell Brown||Richard Mc Nally||Cliff Pratt|
|David Peters||David Harpham||Mark Brandwood||Ron Seaman|
|Aaron Schmiedel||Allan Speedy||Greg Shaw||Ken Freed|
Submitted by Stephen Dyer (email@example.com), May 21, 1999. Last updated May 21, 1999.
Private Registries Constituency Group.
This proposal is submitted by Centralnic Ltd and NomiNation Ltd - both private registries.
A Private Registry provides registration and DNS service for any domain or sub-domain at any level in the domain name hierarchy. For example in the UK NomiNation Ltd provides a namespace below uk.com and various other similar namespaces.
Such namespaces are often competitive to ccTLD's, especially in countries where local regulations, pricing or political situations limit the availability of the ccTLD.
It is of importance to the orderly administration of the namespace as a
whole and the universal application of policies promulgated by ICANN, WIPO
and other organisations that a constituency exists for the recognition and
participation of this significant and growing community of registrars.
To participate in this constituency organizing effort, please
Stephen Dyer of CentralNic Ltd, firstname.lastname@example.org
163 New King's Road, London, SW6 4SN, UK
+44 171 371 8558
Susan Malec of NomiNation Ltd - email@example.com
+44 207 384 3050