The Commercial and Business Users Constituency
Bizconst News, the Business Constituency newsletter. There is
a wide range of issues under consideration at the moment, with two draft
positions going through the BC consultation process (WHOIS and dot net).
The three BC reps, and the WHOIS Task Force reps continue to lead on issues on behalf of the BC and welcome and encourage the support and views of the membership. This is particularly important for draft positions which need membership endorsement. So a reminder for you to respond to the current drafts, which can be accessed from this newsletter.
It's also time to start thinking about the next ICANN meetings, which are to be held in Malaysia in July. The organisers are not only proud to be hosting the event, but are making a real effort to showcase the hospitality and welcome that Malaysia can offer. Details of pre-registration can be found below, and we recommend early booking if you wish to stay at the legendary Shangri-La Hotel, which is also the conference venue.
Finally, the main aim of this newsletter is to present members with a clear summary of current issues with ongoing links for further information. The secretariat welcomes your comments on the newsletter in the hope that we can continue to develop it to meet your needs.
|ICANN MEETINGS IN ROME|
ICANN meetings took place in Rome, March 2004. As well as the three BC reps and the secretariat, there was a good attendance from BC members.
Statement to the
final BC position on the three WHOIS Task Forces is now in circulation
for comment. Please send your comments to the secretariat by the end of
business on Friday 30 April. Non response will be assumed as
acceptance of the position.
are asked to pay particular attention to the new issues which the
position addresses - namely, the willingness to consider tiered access
to WHOIS data, as long as there is an effective mechanism for legitimate
users to achieve access.
A draft BC position is in circulation on the possible re-assignment of dot net. Under the terms of the existing contract, the dot net registry has to be made available for re-assignment away from Verisign this year. However, unlike with dot org, the incumbent registry Verisign may also re-apply.
This position paper will for the basis of the BC's views in the recently established GNSO Council sub-committee on dot net, for which the BC's Philip Sheppard, is the chairman.
The position is open for
member comment until 3 May 2004.
On 19 March, 2004, ICANN announced that ten applications for new sTLDs had been received. There is now a public comment period until 30 April 2004. The applications will then be reviewed by an independent evaluation panel beginning in May 2004.
|New Registry Services|
Following the community
outcry over the proposed introduction of the wildcard service in dot
com, the GNSO Council has been working as a task force on an Approval
Process for New or
Changed Registry Services. It has now developed a flow chart that
outlines the key decisions and processes involved in evaluating proposed
changes to Registry services.
At the start of April,
the Council asked ICANN staff three questions. The first is one of
scope: Do all changes require Board approval? The Council has also
developed a set of criteria for assessing the impact of a proposed new
registry service and, in its second question, has asked ICANN staff to
clarify which of these criteria fall within ICANN's Mission. The
criteria include ones on Adherence to standards, Security and stability,
Impact on third parties, the Degree of community support, and Market
|UN ICT TASK FORCE GLOBAL FORUM ON INTERNET GOVERNANCE|
member David Fares attended this forum and provided the following
summary as outlined by the chair, Jose-Maria Figueres.
In late March, the UNís Information and Communication Technology Task Force held a global forum in New York, meant to provide input to Secretary General Annan in the creation of his working group. The large majority of participants at the meeting agreed that numerous expert bodies address issues related to Internet governance, and that such bodies should continue to be the focal points for future policy analysis. In this regard, it was agreed, additional work is needed to ensure that developing countries can participate meaningfully in these expert bodies. Finally, there may be some policy issues where additional international coordination is necessary. The Chairman of the forum offered the following summary points:
ICANN Meetings Schedule
ICANN Board Meetings
next ICANN meetings will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 19
- 23 July. Agenda items will include a report from the president's
working group on the WIPO II proposals to provide a form of UDRP process
for international organisation names and country names.
The next preparatory meeting
of the World Summit on the Information Society will take place in
Hammamet, Tunisia, from 24-26 June 2004. Pre-registration
will take place from May 2004.
Further information and details of the meeting can be found here:
WSIS has recently opened an online forum on Internet Governance, and encourages contributions from stakeholders:
Thank you to all members who
have paid their fees for 2004. Once all invoices are paid, the
secretariat will update the member contact list.
|DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES|
|ICANN meetings, Malaysia||19-23 July 2004|
|WSIS meeting, Tunisia||24-26 June 2004|