Domain Name Supporting Organization Formation Concepts,
March 4, 1999
The following document was adopted by the ICANN Board:
Domain Name Supporting Organization Formation Concepts
To be used by the ICANN staff in preparation of draft Bylaw provisions
detailing the structure and mechanisms of the Domain Name Supporting Organization.
The Role of the DNSO
The Domain Name Supporting Organization ("DNSO") should be a consensus-based
policy advisory body within ICANN.
General Participation in the DNSO
The DNSO structure should include a General Assembly open to any individual
or entity willing to contribute effort to the work of the DNSO.
Constituency Groups Within the DNSO
The DNSO structure should include self-organized constituency groups of
organizations and/or individuals with interest and expertise in DNSO matters.
The initial DNSO constituency groups should be (in alphabetical order):
Commercial and business entities
ISPs and connectivity providers
Non-commercial domain name holders
Trademark, intellectual property, anti-counterfeiting interests
Individual domain name holders should be able to participate in constituencies
for which they qualify.
There should be no limitation on the number of constituency groups in which
an entity may participate, as participants may have interests that align
with multiple constituency groups. However, given the consensus that the
DNSO should represent a broad and diverse range of interests, no more than
one employee of any one organization should be permitted to serve on the
Names Council at one time.
Self-organized groups other than the initial groups set forth above may
be recognized by the ICANN Board as DNSO constituency groups upon a proper
showing pursuant to criteria to be determined. The ICANN Board should periodically
review the status of the constituency groups to determine whether all DNSO
interests are adequately represented.
The Names Council
The Names Council should act as a steering committee for the DNSO and should
be responsible for managing consensus and making recommendations to the
ICANN Board regarding TLDs, including operation, assignment and management
of the domain name system and other related subjects.
The Names Council should be elected by the DNSO constituency groups, each
of which will elect three Names Council members.
Development of Substantive Recommendations
The Names Council recommendations should be developed through a bottom-up
process in which participants in the General Assembly take part. Recommendations
approved by a majority of the Names Council shall be forwarded to the ICANN
Board, accompanied by expressions of minority views (including explanations
of the potential impact of a recommendation on a specific constituency
Selection of ICANN Directors
The DNSO Names Council should seek nominations from the General Assembly
for individuals to serve on the ICANN Board. The Names Council shall vote
from among those nominees to select directors to be submitted to the ICANN
Board of Directors for election under Article IV, Section 9(b) of the ICANN
The DNSO should be governed by provisions for open and transparent non-discriminatory
processes that are at least comparable with those that apply to the ICANN
Board. Further provisions may be established to ensure that the full record
of the formation of each recommendation is available.
Administrative and operational costs of the DNSO should be funded by DNSO
participants in a manner to be determined.