Evidence of support for the Unity Registry bid
Association of British Credit Unions Ltd
From: Shaun Spiers
I am writing to support Poptel's partnership bid to take over the .org internet domain registry. ABCUL is impressed by Popel's innovative approach to supporting and involving the co-operative and voluntary sectors.
We wish you well with this project.
To the ICANN Board,
I am writing as General Secretary of the European Confederation of Worker
Cooperatives , Social Enterprises and of Participative Enterprises to support
the ideas and plans of the Unity Registry partners and their application for the
registry of the
Since Poptel itself started as a co-operative enterprise, we have been glad working with them since its start-up in the early 90ies. Poptel has developed its activities throughout the not for profit sector and gained much recognition in the recent years for developing qualified and secure services for their customers. With the accreditation of Poptel as registry service provider for the .coop domain, Poptel has already demonstrated its high level of technical competence at international level to the co-operative world. AusRegistry, which is the registry service for the five open .au Australian country code domains has proved its competence in the transition of the .au domain from one operator to another. Both organisations created the global joint venture Unity Registry that has put forward an innovative approach to the development of the .org domain.
We like to encourage the ICANN board for accepting the Unity Registry application for the .org domain registry service, as we believe that this partnership will improve the registry system for the .org domain, create synergies and additional innovative services that will benefit the reputation of the .org domain and the organisations of the non-profit world.
Brussels, the 13 th of June 2002-06-13
From: Melanie Rhodes
To the ICANN Board,
I would like to express how pleased we are that plans have been put forward by the proposed Unity Registry for the .org domain name, especially in light of the high-level competence already demonstrated by the .coop and .au domain names.
In addition, BONDs website is currently hosted by Poptel - we moved our site to Poptel about a year ago after conducting research to find out the best/most reliable ISP used in the NGO sector - Poptel came out clearly on top. Since moving to them we have been extremely pleased with the level of support, standard of expertise and reliability of the server etc. that Poptel have made available to us.
We hope the plans put forward by Unity Registry are given the opportunity to be implemented.
From: Murdoch, Lorne
In view of the strong support strategy for the non profit sector that POPTEL has expressed fro the .ORG domain, UNAIDS would like to express support for the application of POPTEL for management of the .ORG domain.
.au Domain Administration Limited
Dear Sirs, AusRegistry Pty Ltd - Tender for .org
au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA) is the .au ccTLD sponsoring organisation. Following an open, commercial tender process, in December 2001 auDA awarded a four year registry licence to AusRegistry Pty Ltd under which AusRegistry provides registry services for com.au, net.au, org.au, asn.au, id.au and edu.au. All tender bids were evaluated under the following criteria:-• financial viability;
• compliance with Technical Specifications;
auDA believes that AusRegistry have built a world’s best practice registry utilising EPP V6 and hardware from Intel, Oracle and Cisco. All areas of auDA’s Technical Specification have been complied with or, in many cases, exceeded especially in the areas of security, stability and data integrity.
Dear ICANN Board,
From: jean whitehead
Hi Lynn - my name is Jean Whitehead and I am a freelance consultant currently doing some work for the Social Enterprise Coalition Ltd., and speaking in a personal capacity.
I support Unity Registry's proposal to run .org on the basis of their proven technical capabilities, Poptel's longstanding relationship with the non-commercial sectors and imaginative approach to involviing .org users through a new co-operative enterprise.
University of Saskatchewan
From: Brett Fairbairn
To the President and Board of Directors, ICANN Regarding the proposed Unity Registry for the .org domain name
I am Director of a university research centre that has extensive national and international linkages into the research, co-operative, and IT communities.
Based on our experiences with the organizations and people involved, we support the proposed Unity Registry for the .org domain name. We formally endorse their proposal and strongly recommend its acceptance.
The Unity Registry proposers and partners have demonstrated a high level of technical competence in their running of the .coop and .au domains. Poptel has a solid reputation as a progressive, dynamic, non-profit IT organization. They are well-known internationally and are an effective partner in projects in which our centre has been involved. Their plans for the Registry are consistent with the culture and values of the sector. We particularly support their plans to involve .org users in setting up a new .org co-operative.
One World International
From: Peter Armstrong
To whom it may concern,
I am writing as Director of OneWorld International, an NGO offering ICT services to 1,250 partner organisations in civil society around the world.
We have very much appreciated the ideas and plans put forward by the proposed Unity Registry for the .org domain name. As an organisation we would wish to endorse their proposal and strongly recommend its acceptance. It is clear that they and their partners have demonstrated a high level of technical competance in the running of the .coop and .au domain names.
Equally significant is the fact that Poptel has a long-standing reputation in the non-profit world - we ourselves have been glad to work with them in different ways over the last seven years. Their plans for the Registry chime well with the values and ethos of the sector. In particular, we are very happy to be associated with their plans to involve .org users in the way they set up a new .org cooperative.
From: Sean Hawkey
To the ICANN Board,
I am writing for the World Association of Christian Communication, WACC. WACC is a not-for-profit organisation that supports the democratisation of communications, communication for human dignity and the right to communicate in situations of censorship and oppression.
We support the ideas and plans put forward by the proposed Unity Registry for the .org domain name, and endorse their proposal, recommending its acceptance. It is clear that Poptel and their partners have demonstrated a high level of technical competance in the running of the .coop and .au domain names.
Equally significant is the fact that Poptel has a long-standing reputation in the non-profit world. Their plans for the Registry chime well with the values and ethos of the sector. In particular, we are very happy to be associated with their plans to involve .org users in the way they set up a new .org cooperative.
From: claire shearman
To the ICANN Board, We are writing as Directors of the European Association for Community Networking (EACN), a not for profit organisation and network that brings together community based ICT networks and businesses across the EU and a founding partner of the Global Community Networking Partnership.
We strongly support the plans being put forward by the proposed Unity Registry for the .org domain and the consultative approach that has been adopted in putting the bid together. Local and global partnerships with the public, private and not for profit sectors is a key component of community networking and we welcome the opportunities that the Unity Registry bid will afford both the not for profit and .org communities across the globe. We believe that this will serve to strengthen the roles of both the not for profit and .org communities on the Internet and create new opportunities to promote positive corporate social responsibility.
We particularly welcome Unity Registry's plans to develop a brand image for .ORG which encourages citizens to view the .ORG space as a place where they can contribute and make a difference. We believe that the innovative approach of Unity Registry in terms of developing a new organizational structure for .ORG which encourages registrants to join a new global user cooperative with rights of participation in the overall direction and policy of the namespace will bring a new dynamism and energy to Internet developments globally.
The Unity Registry partners have a clear track record in terms of technical competence and effective service delivery. Members of the EACN network have worked with Poptel in different ways for over ten years now and we strongly support Poptel's capacity to both reflect the values and ethos of the not for profit sector and to compete effectively in the marketplace. As an organisation and network, we endorse their proposal and strongly recommend its acceptance.
GeoNet - Guenther Leue
To the ICANN board,
I learned that POPTEL Ltd -- the co-operative who serves as .coop Registry Operator -- has applied as Unity Registry for the .org domain. As the founder and president of GeoNet Systems for almost 20 years (until I retired in the age of 75 years) I had close relations to POPTEL Ltd as the system operators in one of the 14 countries in the world to which we delivered electronic message handling systems. As one of the pioneers in this -- at that time -- new field, we always believed that the power of e-mail should serve the NGO world in the same way as the commercial one.
In POPTEL we found a partner with the same strong belief. As a co-operative for themselves they combine excellent technical competence with reliablity, high ethics and almost 20 years of experience in serving organisations around the globe.
I believe they are uniquely qualified to handle the registry job for the .org domain and highly recommend them.
I believe that the identity of the sectors is a key element of maximizing their contribution to the welfare of their members and of society as a whole. This sense of identity not only encourages solidarity between the grassroots organisations, but also enables the public authorities to identify the sector and to design policies that take proper account of its existence and nature.
Visibility on the Internet is an aspect of this identity which rapidly becoming more important. As relationships become more and more mediated through the Internet, it is correspondingly more important that one can have some means of verifying who the real organisation is that lies behind the Internet presence. Domain names provide a very helpful clue, which increase the level of trust that is possible across the Internet, and thus increase its effectiveness as a communications medium. For this reason, I believe that a domain name registry for .org which itself operates in a way which is concordant with the sector's principles will be a significant step forward. It will also help preserve the diversity of Internet users and prevent sections of society being excluded.
I have also been a customer of Poptel for 17 years, and can vouch for the efficiency of the service they have provided. I cannot remember a loss of data during that whole period, and their support to users has always been exemplary.
I would fully support their bid to managed the .org domain name registry.
To: Shaun Fensom, Chair, POPTEL Ltd
Dear Mr. Fensom,
We understand that the proposal includes plans to market the domain to "for-profit" organisations, by encouraging companies to use their ".org" names for corporate social responsibility purposes. We feel that it is extremely important within any such approach to make very clear that holding a ".org" name in no way confers a socially responsible image on any entity, commercial or non-commercial. We look forward to further discussion on this in particular.
Your consultation with the International Confederation of Free Trade unions (ICFTU), as well as other representative organisations in the international trade union movement is welcome and appropriate. Trade union organisations, ourselves included, have worked with POPTEL for over a decade. We are convinced that you have the experience and sensitivity to serve the world's broad non-commercial sector in running the domain registry for ".org", and we wish you success in your bid.
To the ICANN Board,
I am writing as President of the World Forum on Community Networking (WFCN), the international NGO organising the major Global CN2002 event in Montreal later this year, to support the Unity Registry bid to become registry operator for the .org domain.As a major civil society platform in the UN World Summit for the Information Society (WSIS) consultation processes, GCN2002 is a global forum in which community networks from across the world along with other civil society stakeholders meet to demonstrate and discuss their experiences and needs.In this context, we endorse the ideas being put forward by the Unity Registry partners and the consultative and participative nature of their approach. The major theme of GCN2002 is 'Empowering communities and promoting democracy in the Information Society' and we are working with a wide range of NGO, public and private sector partners across the globe to develop sustainable proposals and actions in this context. We therefore particularly welcome Unity Registry's plans to develop a brand image for ORG which encourages citizens to view the .ORG space as a place where they can contribute and make a difference. We strongly support their plans to involve .org users in the way they set up a new .org cooperative and know that this will be of considerable interest to our partners.
Le Carrefour mondial de l'Internet citoyen/ World
Forum on Community Networking, Canada
To the ICANN Board,
I am writing as Executive Director of Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems, HURIDOCS. HURIDOCS, established in 1982, is a global network of organisations concerned with human rights. It facilitates human rights documentation work by: - developing tools and techniques for human rights monitoring and information handling - organising training courses and workshops on human rights information handling in co-operation with organisations involved in the network.
- providing advice and support on the establishment and maintenance of documentation centres and information systems.
HURIDOCS very much appreciates the ideas and plans put forward by the
proposed Unity Registry for the .org domain name. We would like to endorse their
proposal and strongly recommend its acceptance. It is clear that they and their
partners have demonstrated a high level of technical competence in the running
Equally significant is the fact that Poptel has a long-standing reputation in
the non-profit world - actually, they were our first e-mail host, in the second
half of the 1980s. Their plans for the Registry go together well with the values
and ethos of non-governmental human rights organisations. In particular, we are
very happy to be associated with their plans to involve .org users in the way
they set up a new
With best regards,
Dear ICANN Board Stakeholder Forum for Our Common Future - a global multi-stakeholder organization which includes the International Chamber of Commerce, the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, IUCN, WWF, IIED, IISD, ICSU, WEDO, ENDA, GLOBE on its International Advisory Board believes that the Unity Registry proposal for the divestiture of .org offers the best opportunity for a service that is both technically highly capable, imaginative and demonstrates the strongest affinity with non-profit organisations.
We have worked with Poptel Worldwide over ten years and believe they are the right organization to operate the .org.
World Heath Organization
To the ICANN Board: The divestiture of .org is an opportunity to capitalize on the potential of this important domain name for the benefit of the internet-using public.
The Unity Registry has made a real effort over the past few months to reach out and solicit input and views on .org from many diverse groups. I have been impressed by their consideration of many points of view and their willingness to incorporate original and fresh thinking into their bid. I have appreciated the plans they propose, and the commitment they have shown for implementing them. I believe their proposal reflects the spirit of the original .org, and that they will be capable of carrying out their objectives.
While I am submitting this comment in my personal capacity, I have followed the evolution of this process with great interest in relation to the new TLDs, particularly as it would impact .health, and I believe that the combination of strengths brought to .org by Unity are unique and of real benefit to the internet community. Please take this as a personal endorsement of the Unity Registry bid.
From: Dines, Richard
Dear ICANN Board:
The National Cooperative Business Association (US) believes that the Unity Registry proposal for the divestiture of .org offers the best opportunity for a service that is both technically highly capable, imaginative and demonstrates the strongest affinity with non-profit organizations.
Richard J. Dines Director,
To the ICANN Board,
I am writing as Head IT implementer of AITIC, an NGO assisting the less-advantaged countries (LACs) to benefit from the multilateral trading system.
AITIC support the Unity Registry proposals from Poptel for the .org domain
name. Their high level of understanding and their already vast experience in
Their understandings of the NGO world would be great asset also underlining their needs.
We strongly support Poptel and whishes them but the best in the proposal,
Arnaud Neri AITIC
Dear ICANN Board
Carolyn T. Hoover
Berkman Center, Harvard Law School
To: Board of Directors, ICANN
I support Unity Registry's bid for the divestiture of .org based on its proposals to offer unique services that will enhance the ability of non-commercial entities to more effectively utilize the .org domain space.
Having followed the new gTLD process closely from inception, I am mindful of the fact that Unity's partners have an exemplary record for technical competence and for meeting gTLD obligations on a timely basis.
These partners also have a lengthy history as a stable operating entity, maintaining an active and passionate commitment to technical service in the public interest for more than 15 years.
In discussions with Unity on ways to encourage expanded use of the .org space by non-profit organizations, I have been singularly impressed by their clever yet workable solutions for increasing non-commercial registrations without sacrificing responsibility to commercial registrants.
I have found the individuals associated with Unity to be savvy, hard-driving, disciplined professionals, yet singularly straight-forward, sincere, and trust-worthy. In my personal opinion, Unity is an ideal candidate to bring a renewed sense of identity to the .org domain.
Dear ICANN Board
I would like to express my strong support for Poptel and the Unity Registry proposal for the divestiture of .org
Over the years Poptel has consistently shown itself to be highly capable technically, with a superb record of customer service. Poptel's imaginative and sucessful work over many years, has also reflected a great affinity with, and great understanding the needs of not-for-profit organisations.
Please do not hesitate to use this note to add our small weight to what, I am sure, are many messages of encouragement and support
With best wishes
David --It's as easy as 1DO3 http://www.1do3.com All you want to do - without all the to do
David Hopson Tel: 44(0) 1243 514258 Mob: 077 69 69 48 39
ACCOUNTABILITY Malcolm Corbett Deputy Chair Poptel
14 th June 2002
Launched in 1999, the AA1000 Framework: Standard, Guidelines and Professional Qualification provided the first systematic stakeholder-based approach to organisational accountability and performance improvement.
It has been used worldwide by leading businesses, non-profit organizations and public bodies in framing corporate responsibility policies, stakeholder dialogue, social, ethical and environmental accounting auditing and reporting, professional training, and research and related standards work.
AccountAbility welcomes Poptel’s commitment to use AA1000 as part of its .org registry proposal, and in particular its plans to use it to inform the structure of its policy and operations groups and the operation, member recruitment, policy development and management processes of these groups. This will provide a framework to improve the transparency and responsiveness of the organisation, and will provide additional case evidence for the effectiveness of inclusive stakeholder-based methods.
Mike Peirce Chief Operating Officer
Adrian Moore Administrator Association for the Prevention of Torture Geneva, Switzerland
TELEPHONE AND FAX
Tel. +41 22 919 21 70 Direct +41 22 919 21 77 Fax. + 41 22 919 21 80
To the ICANN Board
I write as the administrator of the Association for the Prevention of Torture, an NGO working to prevent torture since 1977.
I would like to endorse the bid of Unity Registry (Poptel and AusRegistry) to become the registry operator for the .org domain.
Having studied their presentation, I have been impressed by their desire to include registrants in the direction and policy of the .org domain, something that has been lacking up to this point. Equally encouraging is their desire to be pro-active as to who registers .org domains and for what purposes.
It is clear that currently anyone can register .org addresses, which has left the domain non-specific and haphazard. In supporting Unity Registry’s bid I am confident that they are committed to making the .org domain a real home for nonprofits - consequently underlining for the general public the credibility of a .org domain.
The fact that Unity Registry currently has operations in both hemispheres can only add to the viability of their bid. I strongly recommend its acceptance.
Manchester City Council
To the ICANN Board,
I am writing as the Acting Head of Economic Development on behalf of Manchester City Council.
We would like to lend our support to the proposed bid by Unity Registry (partnership of Poptel and AusRegistry) to operate the ".org" top level domain.
The City Council has worked with Poptel over many years. We launched together the much-respected and pioneering Manchester HOST project in 1990 which promoted the use of on-line technologies for economic and social development in Manchester. Poptel by then had already built a reputation in the non-commercial sector.
Manchester has often been associated with social reform and is the spiritual home of the worldwide cooperative movement. We very much support Unity's plans for involving ".org" registrants in the running of the domain through a cooperative.
Dave Carter Acting Head Economic Development Manchester City Council Town Hall Manchester M60 2LA UK Tel.+44 161 234 1515 Fax. +44 161 236 5405 Web: www.manchester.gov.uk
Dear ICANN Board Ethical Events Ltd believes that the Unity Registry proposal
for the divestiture of
Dear ICANN Board,
The International Federation of Workers' Education Associations (IFWEA) is the international organisation of labour education institutions, with 101 affiliated members in 64 countries. The IFWEA believes that the Unity Registry proposal for the divestiture or .org offers the best opportunity for a service that is both technically highly capable, imaginative and demonstrates the strongest affinity with non-profit organisations.
Dan Gallin IFWEA President
Global Labour Institute Avenue Wendt 12 CH-1203 Genève Switzerland tel/fax: (+41 22) 344 63 63 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org website: www.global-labour.org
SIR STUART HAMPSON, CHAIRMAN, JOHN LEWIS PARTNERSHIP P.L.C.
I am Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, a business in which our 57,000 employees are Partners and share the benefits and responsibilities of co-ownership.
As one of the largest retail groups in the UK, the John Lewis Partnership constantly has to demonstrate that employee ownership delivers a standard of service and efficiency which achieves customer loyalty in a highly competitive sector. In our contacts with Poptel we have recognised similar commitment to high standards of achievement, innovation, long-term thinking and strong ethical values. We consider that they would be a wholly appropriate operator of the .ORG domain, and I wish them well in their bid."
Sir Stuart Hampson,
REDE DE INFORMAÇÕES PARA O TERCEIRO SETOR
Dear ICANN Board
RITS believes that the Unity Registry proposal for the divestiture of .org offers the best opportunity for a service that is both technically highly capable, imaginative and demonstrates the strongest affinity with non-profit organisations.
Internet Society of Australia
A Chapter of the Internet Society
Mr. Adrian Kinderis
I am writing to express the support of ISOC-AU for the AusRegistry proposal to operate the global registry for the .org domain.
AusRegistry has been selected as the operator of the .au registry that will go live in July. The selection of AusRegistry follows a careful process for establishing competition for Australian domain name services. AusRegistry was selected by the newly established .au Domain Administration body.
ISOC-AU was involved in the detailed planning of names policy and competition issues in the lead up to this implementation. Key technical elements have been established by AusRegistry for operation of the .au registry and these will provide a useful basis on which to build effective operation of the .org registry in the globally Internet environment.
The size of AusRegistry’s current operations is sufficient to provide an effective base of experience, but suitably small to enhance the development of competition in the provision of domain name services worldwide. The pursuit of effective competition has been a key objective of ICANN in development of the new international regime for DNS services.
ISOC-AU considers that the AusRegistry proposal should be given careful consideration by ICANN for two reasons:
First, increased diversity in the operations of DNS services will help to enhance competition and participation of an Australian organisation with experience in the .au domain will help to build diversity.
Second, AusRegistry has agreed to establish a useful process for governance of the .org domain that seeks to involve key non-profit organizations in harmony with the culture of organisations that typically use this domain. ISOC-AU is willing to participate in the process should the AusRegistry proposal be successful and would encourage full ISOC participation in that event. I would be happy to provide further information should that be required.
14 June 2002
GLOBAL COMMUNITY NETWORKING PARTNERSHIP
To the ICANN Board,
I am writing on behalf of the Secretariat of the Global Community Networking Partnership (GCNP) to support the proposals being put forward by Unity Registry for the .org. domain. As a civil society network and movement active across all continents, we strongly welcome and support the consultative and participative approach that the Unity Registry partners have adopted in putting the bid together. Partnerships with the public, private and not for profit sectors underpin community networking activities at both the global and local levels. We believe that the Unity Registry bid will create important opportunities and benefits for both the not for profit and .org communities across the globe.
We particularly welcome Unity Registry's plans to develop a brand image for .ORG which encourages citizens to view the .ORG space as a place where they can contribute and make a difference. The Unity Registry proposal reflects many of the values and principles of community networking organisations and networks across the globe and we strongly support their plans to involve .org users in the way they set up a new .org cooperative.
Susan Finquelievich, Argentina
Association for the Prevention of Torture