[CCWG-ACCT] Deck for Meeting #75 Mission Statement discussion

Eric (Maule) Brunner-Williams ebw at abenaki.wabanaki.net
Thu Jan 14 18:38:21 UTC 2016


My appologies for not picking this nit earlier.

> "To what extent should contracted parties be free to propose or voluntarily
> accept (and obligated to comply with) contract provisions that exceed the
> scope of ICANN's Mission, e.g., to serve a specific community, pro-actively
> address a public policy concern?

When I wrote one of the several proposals that came out of Working Group C -
new gTLDs Interim Report, October 23th, 1999 [1], it was for the purpose of
providing service to a specific community. Later the concept of a Sponsoring
Organization capable of suplementing the (then rather sparse) requirements
of ICANN's registry contracts with additional policy goals and mechanisms
was incorporated into the Sponsored TLD, then referred to as "sTLD" form
pursued by the applicants for .aero, .coop, and .museum, among the original
"6-10" applications selected for the 2000 round of new TLDs by (a very much
smaller) staff.

For completeness, these 2000 round appliccations were for sponsored TLDs:
.air, .biz, .co-op, .dir, .dubai, .event, .fin, .geo, .health, .kids, .mas,
.mus, .nom, .post, .tel, .travel, and .union. 

Note that .air became .aero, .co-op became .coop, and .mus became .museum,
and the sponsored .biz application came from an applicant other than JVTeam.

Subesequently, in the 2004 round several of these were approved: .asia, .cat,
.jobs, .mobi, .tel and .travel.

The nit I'm picking is "... provisions that exceed the scope of ICANN's Mission,
e.g., to serve a specific community ...", as that has been broadly seen as
within ICANN's Mission, until this moment. 

Eric Brunner-Williams
Eugene, Oregon

[1] http://www.dnso.org/dnso/notes/19991023.NCwgc-report.html#Position%20Paper%20E

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