TO THE NONCOMMERCIAL INTERNET USER COMMUNITY
Describe in detail the mechanisms you propose for
ensuring that the policies and practices followed in your operation of
the .org registry are responsive to and supportive of the noncommercial
Internet user community, and reflect as much of its diversity as possible.
Your description should include any affiliation you propose with representative
noncommercial organizations and details (including proposed bylaws or
other chartering documents) regarding any governing or advisory groups
that you propose.
True responsiveness to the noncommercial community in the .org
TLD can best be achieved through:
The creation and facilitation of a forum
for participation that includes a broad geographically diverse
Global Policy Council with representation of ALL sectors of
the noncommercial community.
An open and transparent mechanism for solicitation,
collection, and organization of input from the global noncommercial
Ensuring integrity of operations that includes
noncommercial-focused marketing, affordable price, and superior
technology and transition plan.
The funding by the registry operator of a
full-time GPC Manager to facilitate and coordinate GPC activities.
Drawing upon its significant experience in administering mission-critical
public resource infrastructure, NeuStar will establish sound processes
that rely on collaboration and a strong relationship between the registry
operator and the global noncommercial community to ensure registry responsiveness
to the community’s needs, concerns, and views.
The global noncommercial Internet community is a very dynamic
and diverse community. For most noncommercial organizations, the Internet is
increasingly becoming the primary vehicle for getting their messages out, communicating
with members, providing services, and raising funds. The noncommercial community’s
needs and views on the Internet and its operation require that the registry
operator for .org, the community's traditional home on the Internet, understand
this dynamic nature and establish efficient, responsive mechanisms for collaboration.
This requirement is consistent with NeuStar's fundamental belief that the role
of the .org TLD registry operator is similar to that of a trustee of an important
public resource. The registry operator must, as its first mission, serve the
community whose trust it has accepted. NeuStar has demonstrated experience
successfully serving users with disparate needs in both the Internet and telecommunication
To properly serve the needs of the noncommercial community,
the registry operator must:
Develop a forum for participation of the noncommercial community
that recognizes both geographic and organizational diversity. This includes
the creation of open and transparent mechanisms with a high degree of responsiveness
and accountability to the global noncommercial Internet user community.
In particular, members of this community must have readily accessible means
to discuss, recommend, and promote modified or supplemental policies, services,
and procedures in the .org TLD, as well as address complaints or other issues
raised in the context of the operation of the domain space.
Ensure that registry operations are conducted with the utmost of
integrity that focuses on stability, security, neutrality, affordability,
NeuStar’s solution, detailed below, to ensure responsiveness
and support to and for the noncommercial community encompasses these critical
Forum for participation
NeuStar envisions two interoperable components of its proposed
forum for participation:
A global policy council which will
adequately represent the views of the global noncommercial Internet
community (such as foundations, charities, non-governmental organizations,
trade groups, and political action committees).
A .org Website designed for the
global noncommercial Internet community that facilitates outreach
by encouraging communication and public participation and a transparent,
open policy-making process.
The Global Policy Council
The centerpiece of NeuStar’s policy plan will be the .org Global
Policy Council (GPC). The GPC will be an advisory body facilitated by NeuStar
to ensure diverse, representative, and unbiased consideration of important policy
To serve these fundamental objectives, there are a number
of alternative models and mechanisms for ensuring responsiveness to all of the
sectors of the geographically diverse noncommercial community including the
Noncommercial registry operator;
Noncommercial/for-profit partnership; and
Independent representative global council.
Noncommercial registry operator—Some believe that a
noncommercial entity should serve as the registry operator. This approach is
driven by the belief that only such an organization would understand the noncommercial
community to ensure responsiveness. Although a noncommercial operator serving
a noncommercial community would initially seem like a simple way to ensure responsiveness,
this approach raises a number of concerns including the following:
Noncommercial status alone does not necessarily translate into responsiveness
to the noncommercial community as a whole. A mechanism to ensure responsiveness
to all sectors of the noncommercial community must be in place.
A noncommercial entity may not have the financial resources required to
ensure a stable, seamless transition and ongoing stability of the .org TLD.
Even apparently noncommercial organizations can be subject to strong commercial
influence. The Board or policy-making body of the noncommercial entity
could, itself be managed by for-profit corporations resulting in undue commercial
In some cases the noncommercial registry operator may have limited experience
and knowledge related to the operation of critical DNS infrastructures potentially
resulting in decisions that negatively impact service levels.
As ICANN points out in its Criteria for Assessing Proposals, “Noncommercial
registrants do not have uniform views about policy and management, and no
single organization can fully encompass the diversity of global civil society”.
believe that a registry operator should partner with a single “sponsoring” noncommercial
entity or group/coalition of entities that would serve as the administrative
arm while the registry operator would serve only, or primarily, a technical
function. While this approach may seem more attractive, it too has a number
of key disadvantages in terms of ensuring responsiveness to the larger noncommercial
community, including the following:
Noncommercial status alone does not necessarily translate into responsiveness
to the noncommercial community as a whole. A mechanism to ensure responsiveness
to all sectors of the noncommercial community must be in place.
A single noncommercial organization (or even a group of noncommercial partners)
is not likely to be sufficiently representative of the very diverse global
noncommercial community. As ICANN points out in its Criteria for Assessing
Proposals, “Noncommercial registrants do not have uniform views about policy
and management, and no single organization can fully encompass the diversity
of global civil society”.
Even if membership or participation is offered to others in an open fashion,
by virtue of their partner status, the noncommercial organization(s) may
be in a position to exercise disproportionate control over the registry,
thereby diminishing the ability of those outside the organization from influencing
policy in the .org TLD.
In some cases, the noncommercial organization may agree to play this role
simply for the opportunity to create a source of funds for its own organization’s
mission, thus potentially undermining the level of service received by the
Even apparently noncommercial organizations can be subject to strong commercial
influence. The Board or policy-making body of the noncommercial entity could
itself be managed by for-profit corporations resulting in undue commercial
The additional coordination required between the noncommercial organization
as the contracting party and the registry operator could impact service
Independent representative global council—NeuStar submits
that the most appropriate mechanism to both ensure responsiveness to the global
noncommercial community while at the same time maintaining the integrity and
stability of the .org TLD, is to establish a global policy council that is representative
of the various sectors of the global noncommercial community. This model ensures
responsiveness to the noncommercial community as a whole in the following ways:
Allows flexible, broad, geographically diverse representation from all
sectors of the noncommercial community;
Eliminates the potential for undue influence by a single noncommercial
organization or subset of the community;
By having a council independent of the registry operator, the opportunity
for undue influence by the registry operator in policy matters affecting
the global noncommercial community is eliminated; and
Revenues from registrations are not used for specific noncommercial causes,
but rather are used to ensure continued high levels of service to the noncommercial
As is stated throughout this proposal, NeuStar considers the
.org TLD an important resource that must be administered to serve the noncommercial
community. It cannot be allowed to become captured by any single industry sector,
constituency, or interest group, but instead, must carefully balance the needs
of all community stakeholders. Thus, the .org registry operator must act as
a trustee and facilitate consensus to ensure that all policy and development
efforts are not only conducted in an open manner, but are necessary and effective.
Based on NeuStar’s experience working collaboratively on standards, processed
and policies within the Internet and telecommunication industries, it is only
through such an independent representative global council that the .org registry
operator can ensure responsiveness to the global noncommercial community while
at the same time maintaining the integrity of the .org domain name space.
The subsections that follow present a detailed description
of the mission, structure and procedures for NeuStar’s proposed GPC.
The role of the .org Global Policy Council
As the registry operator, NeuStar must ensure the stable
operation of the TLD. Policy matters, on the other hand, are best guided by
the community meant to benefit most directly from the .org TLD, the global noncommercial
community. NeuStar submits that this will best be accomplished by the establishment
and facilitation of the GPC.
The GPC will foster collaboration and a strong relationship
between the registry operator and the noncommercial community. NeuStar will
establish effective and flexible processes responsive to the global .org community
and the public interest. In particular, NeuStar will develop the GPC as an advisory
body for .org policy development. This body will interface with NeuStar and
the global noncommercial Internet community and provide an independent forum
and mechanism for future development of the .org TLD. Through the GPC, the
noncommercial community will provide NeuStar with the policy direction required
to ensure responsiveness to the community.
Policies initiated by noncommercial community—The
GPC will be a forum through which the noncommercial community can proactively
raise issues or make recommendations on matters that are important to them.
The GPC will operate in a fashion independent of the .org registry operator
to ensure open and unbiased decision-making. The role of the GPC will be to
make recommendations to NeuStar that (1) furthers the purposes of, and is in
the best interest of the global noncommercial Internet community; and (2) are
arrived at through fair and open processes. Proposals may be presented to NeuStar
for initial comment at any time in which a majority of the GPC has approved
the proposal. NeuStar and the GPC shall engage in a collaborative process to
resolve any outstanding issues that arise from GPC recommendations. If, after
good faith efforts by both NeuStar and the GPC, the parties are unable to reach
agreement on the GPC’s recommendation, the recommendation shall nonetheless
be forwarded to ICANN for consideration along with accompanying statements by
both the GPC and NeuStar detailing why either party is in support or against
the proposal. This proposed process is shown in Exhibit C35-1.
Policies initiated by NeuStar—Under its
agreement with ICANN, the .org registry operator will be required to gain
ICANN approval for policy changes involving Registry Services. The process
NeuStar is proposing will require the registry operator to seek input
from the GPC prior to submitting requested changes to ICANN. After review,
the GPC will submit to the .org registry operator its findings and written
recommendations. ICANN will require that changes requested by the registry
operator be accompanied by the written recommendations of the GPC. The
written recommendation of the GPC will provide the registry operator and
ICANN with the critical information required to ensure that decisions
take into account the expressed needs, concerns, and views of the global
noncommercial Internet community. This proposed process is shown in Exhibit
GPC formation and structure
As an important public resource that must be administered
to serve the global noncommercial community, the .org TLD must not be allowed
to become "captured" or “re-purposed “ by any single industry, constituency,
or interest group, but instead, must carefully balance the needs of all global
community stakeholders. Thus, the .org registry operator must act as a trustee
and facilitate consensus to ensure that all policy and development efforts are
not only conducted in an open manner, but are effective in meeting community
a) Selection committee/GPC structure
A critical aspect of ensuring the effectiveness and representativeness
of the GPC will be the selection of its initial members. To facilitate its early
start of operations, NeuStar will, within sixty (60) days of being awarded the
.org registry, in consultation with appropriate stakeholders, appoint a selection
committee comprised of well-respected members from the diverse sectors of the
noncommercial community set forth below (Selection Committee) keeping in mind
the objectives of representativeness and geographic diversity. NeuStar will
create a selection committee that consists of 7 to 10 members.
The sole responsibilities of the Selection Committee will be to: (1) appoint the
Initial GPC members; and (2) determine a method for the future selection or appointment
of subsequent GPC members from the seven noncommercial sectors set forth below
in accordance with the following initial guidelines:
The Initial GPC shall consist of fourteen (14) total members.
The Selection Committee shall appoint two (2) members from each of the Sectors
set forth below.
To ensure geographic diversity, each GPC member from a particular
Sector shall be from a different geographic region. The geographic regions
shall be in accordance with the By-laws established by ICANN. In
the event that such geographic diversity cannot be achieved within an individual
Sector, that Sector may petition the GPC for a waiver of the diversity requirement
until such time that geographic diversity can be achieved within that Sector.
In order to stagger the appointment of subsequent GPC members
and maintain some consistency on the GPC, of the two (2) members selected to
the Initial GPC from each Sector, the Selection Committee shall designate one
member of the initial GPC to serve a term of one (1) year, and the second to
serve for two (2) years.
To avoid potential conflicts of interest on the GPC and in
keeping with the registry operator’s legacy of neutrality, NeuStar restricts
any individual member of the Selection Committee to serve on the Initial GPC.
Furthermore, the Selection Committee may not select a GPC member from an organization
that is represented on the Selection Committee.
In the event that the Selection Committee cannot ensure broad,
geographic diversity of the GPC though this structure, it may seek to select
three (3) members for each Sector, creating a twenty- one (21) member GPC.
The third member from each Sector would serve a term of three (3) years.
After accomplishing these narrow tasks, the Selection Committee
shall be disbanded.
The GPC will be structured to ensure broad representation
of the global noncommercial community. NeuStar has identified seven (7) noncommercial
sectors designed to be representative of the global community. Specifically,
representation on the initial GPC will be grouped into these seven (7) noncommercial
sectors. To improve upon the representativeness of the GPC, however, the Selection
Committee or the GPC may reorganize these Sectors after input from the global
noncommercial community. A possible division of Sectors and what they would
include is provided in the following table.
Proposed GPC sector representation
The Arts/Culture/Humanities sector representatives
would reflect the broad range of cultural organizations, large and small,
which are engaged in direct services, performance, and cultural education.
The Education/Scientific sector representatives would
reflect organizations devoted to direct education, educational issues,
and scientific research and advancement.
The Health/Human Services sector representatives would
reflect the broad range of health and human service providers and advocates.
The International/NGO sector representatives would
reflect the particular importance of ensuring appropriate international
diversity. It is expected that all of the sectors will be geographically
diverse, but this sector's representatives will reflect the specific needs
of organizations that function on an international platform, for example,
relating to compliance with international laws and uses of the Internet international
multilingual communication, education, and fundraising.
The Member Associations/Multi-Sector Foundations sector
would represent the large and diverse range of member organizations which
have a unique set of needs with respect to member services and communication,
public education, and potential market-related functions.
The Religion-based Organizations sector would reflect
the range of religious entities, including service, support, and religious
The Public/Consumer/Societal Benefit sector would be
representative of the wide array of noncommercial organizations with public
interests that are not readily categorized in other sectors.
Recognizing that different organizations will have different
uses of the Internet, as well as varying technology plans, levels of internal
support, and financial budget profiles, attention shall be paid during selection
to diversity of organization size, structure, and nature of Internet use. In
addition, the selection processes also shall seek to balance, particularly in
the “Education/Scientific” and “Health/Human Services” categories, representation
among institutions, organizations focused on service provision and educational
organizations, as each of these types of organizations potentially will have
very different Internet usage issues.
c) GPC operating procedures and principles
The GPC shall be governed by the “Operating Procedures and Principles”,
a draft of which is set forth at the end of this section.
Outreach and participation
In its development and implementation of such mechanisms,
the new .org TLD administrator must understand that the .org TLD is a
mature space with many users of a noncommercial nature. Some potential
operators, operating from an insufficient understanding of this community,
may seek to establish detailed proposals for new or modified policies.
This approach runs the risk of putting in place the views and interests
of the registry operator, or a single noncommercial sponsoring entity,
rather than the views and interests of the community at large. In many
cases, such new policies would likely prove, in the best case, unnecessary,
and in the worst case, detrimental to the community that it purported
to serve. NeuStar’s balanced approach will avoid these pitfalls.
NeuStar believes that the registry operator must conduct a
level of outreach in order properly to operate the .org space. NeuStar already
has started its outreach in preparation for this proposal and will continue
these efforts if selected. NeuStar has contacted a number of representatives
of various sectors within the global noncommercial community, including multiple
health, human services, education, nongovernmental, scientific organizations
and member associations, each of which have a unique set of needs with respect
to member services and communication, public education, and potential
The GPC will conduct open public meetings in conjunction with
all ICANN meetings to further facilitate public participation. To the
extent feasible, the registry operator envisions that the GPC will make
use of teleconference and other such technologies to enable members who
may not be in a position to travel to attend a meeting in person, to nevertheless
provide input. In addition, other meetings may be called by the GPC,
at its discretion and subject to the availability of appropriate facilities,
be face-to-face, or via conference call or virtual meeting technologies.
Minutes of meetings will be posted on a designated GPC website, hosted
by NeuStar, as will notices and agendas for upcoming meetings.
NeuStar’s .org Website will provide comprehensive information
and communications methods to registrars while also displaying informative essential
pages to the noncommercial community.
NeuStar recognizes how critical information flow is for a
registry to interact with the community for which it is trying to serve. We
also understand that, as the registry operator responsible for the integrity
of the .org TLD, we must provide information that can be easily accessed by
the noncommercial community. The .org Website will be divided into a public
section for the Internet Community and a private section for existing registrars.
The public section of the Website, which will be open to all
members of the Internet community, will be designed to keep the noncommercial
community informed and involved in .org issues. Through membership, users may
also elect to receive updates and information through the methods described
below. The Website will allow users to do the following:
Obtain information about the .org domain name space;
Locate a registrar for registration in the .org domain name space;
Join and participate in .org discussion forums;
Receive e-newsletters covering topics relevant to the .org community and
updates on GPC activities and issues; and
Receive notification of tri-annual public .org GPC meetings to be held
concurrently with the ICANN meetings.
Integrity of the .org TLD
Although creating and facilitating forums for participation
is one key element for establishing responsiveness to the noncommercial community,
one cannot underestimate the importance of ensuring the integrity of the .org
TLD. This is accomplished through stable, secure, reliable, and neutral administration.
These attributes of integrity are expanded upon throughout NeuStar’s Proposal.
Thorough and detailed technical and transition plans based on practical,
not theoretical experience to ensure stability (See Proposal Sections C17
The provisioning of affordably priced, high quality registry services (See
Proposal Sections C25 – C28);
Neutral operations that enhance competition and ensure equivalent access
to all registrars (See Proposal Section C21 and C31); and
Precision marketing plan to maximize registrations by the global noncommercial
Unlike the new gTLDs, the .org TLD is a mature space with
a developed purpose and community culture. It would, therefore, be unreasonable
and, indeed, irresponsible, for the new registry operator to simply establish
new or modified policies without a careful review of the space and appropriate
input and guidance from the effected community. The policy council approach
outlined above will serve this function, allowing the .org space to evolve in
the best interests of the global noncommercial Internet community.
|.ORG Global Policy Council
|Operating Procedures and Principles
Section 1 Global Policy Council Duties
Section 1.1 Role
The Global Policy Council (GPC) will be a body facilitated by NeuStar to
assist in the identification and development of important policy matters related
to the operation of the .org TLD. The role of the GPC will be to make recommendations
to NeuStar that (1) furthers the purposes of, and is in the best interest
of the global noncommercial Internet community; and (2) are arrived at through
fair and open processes. The guidance of the council will help to ensure
that NeuStar continues to engage in representative and unbiased policymaking
and is responsive to the needs of the global noncommercial community.
Section 2.2 Initial Duties
The GPC's initial duties include:
Representing the interests of the global noncommercial community to
the .org registry operator;
Adopting additional, necessary operational procedures not contained within
these Operating Procedures and Principles;
Proposing policies and/or policy modifications for comment by NeuStar
and presentation to ICANN;
Providing comment and guidance to NeuStar, as the registry operator,
on issues and questions regarding the ongoing operation of the .org TLD,
either at the request of NeuStar, or on its own;
Participating in GPC meetings conducted in conjunction with ICANN meetings;
Providing input and monitoring assistance as appropriate on electronic
communications tools for outreach to the global noncommercial community;
Reviewing and providing recommendations and/or comments on policy related
matters raised by the .org TLD registry operator, the council itself,
or the global noncommercial community.
NeuStar will facilitate the functions listed above as part of its duties
to ICANN and the .org community. The GPC will operate in a fashion independent
of NeuStar to ensure open and unbiased decision-making.
Section 2 GPC Structure
Section 2.1 Representation
The GPC shall be structured to ensure broad representation of the global
Section 2.2 Selection Committee
A Selection Committee of 7-10 members shall be chosen by the registry operator
for the .org TLD within sixty (60) days of the re-assignment of the .org TLD.
The sole responsibilities of the Selection Committee shall be to: (1) appoint
the Initial GPC members; and (2) determine a method for the future selection
or appointment of subsequent GPC members from the seven noncommercial Sectors
set forth in Section 2.4 below. No individual member of the Selection Committee
may serve as a member of the initial GPC. Additionally, the Selection Committee
may not select a GPC member from an organization that is represented on the
Section 2.3 Number of Members on GPC
The GPC shall consist of a total of twenty-one (21) members. In the event
that the Selection Committee cannot ensure broad, geographic diversity of
the GPC though the selection of two (2) members from each Sector, it may seek
to select three (3) members for each Sector, creating a twenty- one (21) member
Section 2.4 Sectors
Members of the initial GPC shall be grouped into seven (7) noncommercial
sectors. These noncommercial sectors shall be (1) Arts/Culture/Humanities,
(2) Education/Scientific, (3) Health/Human Services, (4) International/NGO,
(5) Member Associations, (6) Religious-based organizations, and (7) Public/Consumer/Societal
Benefit. The Selection Committee or the GPC, however, may reorganize these
Sectors after input from the noncommercial community, provided that the requirements
in Section 2.5 below are maintained.
Section 2.5 Sector Representation on GPC
Each of the Sectors identified in Section 2.3 above shall have a total of
two (2) representatives on the GPC. Each GPC member from a particular Sector
shall be from a different geographic region (as those regions are defined
by ICANN). In addition, no two (2) members of the GPC shall be from the same
noncommercial organization. In the event that such geographic diversity cannot
be achieved within an individual Sector, that Sector may petition the GPC
for a waiver of the diversity requirement until such time that geographic
diversity can be achieved within that Sector.
Section 2.6 Term of Initial GPC Members
In order to stagger the terms of the Initial GPC members, the Selection Committee
shall designate one member from each sector to serve an initial term of one
(1) year, and a second member to serve two (2) years. In the event that the
Selection Committee selects three (3) members for each Sector (as set forth
in Section 2.3 above, the third member from each Sector would serve a term
of three (3) years.
Section 2.7 Term of Subsequent GPC Members
Each GPC member selected or appointed after the initial GPC, in a manner
consistent with the rules and procedures set by the Selection Committee, shall
serve a term of three (3) years.
Section 2.8 Expansion or Contraction of GPC Membership
The GPC may, at any time, by vote of no less than 2/3 vote of the GPC, increase
or decrease the number of total GPC members, provided that at all times there
shall be an equal number of GPC members from each Sector.
Section 2.9 Vacancies
The procedure on how to fill vacancies on the GPC shall be determined by
the GPC, at its sole discretion, provided that, at no time shall a vacancy
from one Sector be filled by a member from one of the other Sectors.
Section 3 GPC Policy Recommendations
Section 3.1 Policy Recommendations
The GPC will make policy recommendations to NeuStar either: (i) In response
to a direct request or proposal from NeuStar; or (ii) Independently, based
upon its own deliberations.
Section 3.2 Requests from NeuStar
For requests or proposals made to the council by NeuStar, the deadline for
a GPC response shall be set in the recommendation review request, but shall
not be less than 30 days from the date the policy is submitted by NeuStar
to the GPC. GPC recommendations must be in writing.
Section 3.3 Policy Process
Policies Initiated by NeuStar: All changes to policy requested by NeuStar
that require ICANN review shall be submitted to the GPC no less than thirty
(30) days prior to submission to ICANN. The GPC shall submit its findings
and recommendations regarding the NeuStar proposed policy, which NeuStar shall
promptly forward to the ICANN. The written recommendations of the GPC will
provide NeuStar and ICANN with the critical information required to ensure
that decisions take into account the expressed needs, concerns, and views
of the global noncommercial Internet community.
Policies Initiated by GPC: The GPC will operate in a fashion independent
of the .org registry operator to ensure open and unbiased decision-making.
Proposals may be presented to NeuStar for initial comment at any time in which
a majority of the GPC has approved the proposal. NeuStar and the GPC shall
engage in a collaborative process to resolve any outstanding issues regarding
the GPC’s recommendation. If, after good faith efforts by both NeuStar and
the GPC, the parties are unable to reach agreement on the GPC’s recommendation,
the recommendation shall nonetheless be forwarded to ICANN for consideration
along with accompanying statements by both the GPC and NeuStar detailing why
either party is in support or against the proposal.
Section 4 GPC Comments
In some instances, the .org TLD registry operator will have issues about
which GPC input would be useful, but that do not rise to the level of a full
recommendation. In these cases, NeuStar may seek comment by the GPC on such
matters. For requests for comment made to the GPC by NeuStar, the deadline
for a GPC response shall be set in the comment request, but shall not be less
than 30 days. GPC comments will be in writing.
Section 5 GPC Leadership & Activities
Section 5.1 GPC Chair
The activities of the GPC will be presided over by an elected Chair. The
Chair for the GPC shall be elected directly by the GPC members. The election
of a new Chair following expiration of the previous Chair's term shall be
conducted pursuant to procedures established by the initial GPC. This procedure,
however, must ensure that the position of Chair rotates through each of the
five identified international regions.
Section 5.2 Other Officers
The GPC may establish, as it deems necessary, other officers of the GPC at
its sole discretion.
Section 5.3 GPC Manager
The GPC Manager shall be full-time independent dedicated staff position,
funded by NeuStar, that focuses exclusively on the policy-development and
outreach efforts related to the .org TLD. The GPC Manager will serve as a
liaison between NeuStar and the GPC, as well as between the GPC and the global
noncommercial Internet community. More specifically, the GPC Manager will
solicit, collect, organize and report to the GPC and the global noncommercial
community on all public input on matters put out for public comment or actions
taken by the GPC or NeuStar. In addition, the GPC shall have overall responsibility
for conducting and organizing outreach efforts to the global noncommercial
community, including, managing all GPC public forums, public e-mail lists,
the GPC Listserv, and to support other activities of the GPC.
Section 5.4 Working Groups/Committees
The GPC may establish as necessary working groups and functional committees
as it deems necessary to fulfill its role.
Section 5.5 Meetings
The GPC will conduct open public meetings in conjunction with all ICANN meetings
to further facilitate public participation. To the extent feasible, the registry
operator envisions that the GPC will make use of teleconference and other
such technologies to enable members who may not be in a position to travel
to attend a meeting in person, to nevertheless provide input. In addition,
other meetings may be called by the GPC, at its discretion and subject to
the availability of appropriate facilities, be face-to-face, or via conference
call or via virtual meeting technologies. Minutes of meetings will be posted
on a designated GPC website, as will notices and agendas for upcoming meetings.
Section 5.6 Consensus And Decision-Making Process:
Quorum—There must be a quorum of the GPC members in order to take
any formal action. A quorum shall exist if a majority (or >1/2) of the
GPC members are present.
Actions—For approval of a GPC Recommendation or Comment, a simple
majority of those present is required. Votes may be taken in person, electronically,
or by other mechanisms mutually agreed upon by the members.
Minority Opinions—If requested, minority opinions may be included
with any policy or comment recommendation.
Section 5.7 Listserv
The GPC shall have a listserv for members to introduce themselves and discuss
This Operating Procedures and Principles may be amended from time to
time as the needs of the GPC change or as needed to incorporate changes
to the .org Registry Agreement by and between ICANN and the .org registry
operator by a vote of no less than 2/3 of the GPC members.
||Submit any evidence that
demonstrates support for your proposal among registrants in the .org TLD,
particularly those actually using .org domain names for noncommercial purposes.
Support from diverse noncommercial entities from across the global Internet
community will be considered in the selection.
NeuStar has conducted significant outreach and primary research
with the global noncommercial community in preparing our proposal.
Noncommercial organizations we spoke with agree that NeuStar's
demonstrated ability to seamlessly transition the registry and
provide high levels of service is an important responsiveness
Noncommercial organizations support NeuStar's Code of Conduct
provisions limiting NeuStar-sponsored marketing activities to
those targeted at the noncommercial community.
Based on the outreach activities we conducted, noncommercial
organizations strongly support NeuStar's proposed .org Global
A fundamental element of preparation of NeuStar’s proposal for the reassignment
of .org was direct communication with geographically diverse organizations
from a broad spectrum of the noncommercial community (See following list).
Many of the organizations, with which we spoke, expressed support for
the following attributes of the NeuStar proposal:
NeuStar’s demonstrated ability to transition and operate the registry in
a stable and reliable fashion;
NeuStar’s proposed Code of Conduct provision limiting NeuStar-sponsored
marketing activities to those targeted at the noncommercial community; and
NeuStar’s proposed formation of a .org Global Policy Council (GPC) to ensure
responsiveness to the noncommercial community.
The organizations with which we spoke were largely unaware
of the upcoming registry transition. Given that many of these organizations
now consider the Internet to be a critical tool for carrying out their respective
missions, their primary concern was ensuring that .org continue to be operated
in a stable and reliable fashion. They expressed support for the selection
of a registry operator with demonstrated experience transitioning and operating
mission critical infrastructure, two qualifications that NeuStar meets.
Many of the organizations we spoke with are very concerned
about the number of .org domain names now registered to commercial users. They
are supportive of any practical steps that can be taken to discourage such registrations,
and support marketing activities that preserve and improve the association of
.org with noncommercial activities as opposed to commercial companies. Given
that a significant number of commercial registrations in .org were the
byproduct of marketing activities, including the use of free or discounted .org
names as promotional giveaways, noncommercial organizations supported NeuStar’s
proposed Code of Conduct provision limiting NeuStar sponsored marketing activities
to those targeted at the noncommercial community.
Organizations from multiple countries and noncommercial sectors
expressed support for NeuStar’s proposal. Most of those who provided letters
of endorsement (See Proposal Section C50.6) did so based primarily on a desire
to participate in a process that gives the noncommercial community a critical
role in shaping what is essentially the noncommercial Internet. They believe
that NeuStar’s proposed GPC provides such a process. These organizations are
interested in participating in the GPC, not because they are looking to derive
funds from the operation of an Internet registry, but because the Internet is
increasingly becoming the primary vehicle for getting their message out, communicating
with members, providing services, and raising funds. In short, noncommercial
organizations want to have a say in what the noncommercial Internet is, and
what it becomes.
NeuStar outreach and research contacts
The following is a list of noncommercial organizations NeuStar
contacted during outreach and research activities associated with the preparation
of our proposal. These organizations represent a combined membership of over
440,000 individuals and more than 574,000 organizations.
Alcohol Policy Network
American Bar Association
American Council of Non-profit Associations
American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)
Association for Consumers Action on Safety and Health
Australian Association for the Deaf
Congress of NGOs (CONGO)
Conservative Baptist Association of the Philippines
European Competitive Telecommunications Association
Far Eastern Group
Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN
Hong Kong China Foundation
Hotel Association of Canada
Instituto Nacional de Cancer
International Federation of Journalists
International Air Transport Association
Israeli/Palestine Center for Research and Information
Japan Association for Cultural Exchange
Japan Association of Travel Agents
Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce
Luxembourg Bankers Association
Jewish Museum of Belgium
March of Dimes
National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates
National Council of Non-Profit Associations
National League of Cities
National Kidney Foundation
Network for On-line Commerce
Ontario Public Health Association
Personal Communications Industry Association
Project Concern International Romania
Society of Organizational Learning
Stefan Batory Foundation
The Israeli Museum
United for a Multi-cultural Japan
William G. McGowan Foundation