Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Working Group on IDN outlines framework

Members of the Country Code Names Supporting Organisation (ccNSO) would soon be voting on the recommendations made by the Working Group on Internationalised Domain Name (IDN) for country code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) within the framework of the country code-based Policy Development Process (ccPDP).

A press statement from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) informed that the purpose of the IDN country code policy development process Working Group 2 (IDN ccPDP WG 2) is to report on and identify feasible recommendations for the inclusion of IDN ccTLDs.

The Working Group (WG) identified some clusters of issues including membership definition.

Accordingly the Working Group stated that the roles of members, eligibility and selection of councilors to the ccNSO Council, initiation of PDP, voting on policy development process, selection of councilors, quorum for voting and scope of PDP as defined in Annex C.

On the recommendation on membership definition, the Working Group stated that the definition in Article IX section 4.1 should be updated to maintain the one-to-one correspondence between the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Root Zone Database and membership in the ccNSO.

Additionally, the group recommended on eligibility and nomination of councilors as well as no changes in Bylaws needed.

On the recommendation on initiation of ccPDP, the group said that in order to maintain the envisioned balance and taking into account the leading principles.

They suggested that all members of the ccNSO should be entitled to call for the creation of an Issue Report; These members need to be from different Territories; The current minimum of 10 members to request the creation of an Issue Report should be maintained.

The majority of the WG members are of the view that with the inclusion of IDN ccTLD in the ccNSO the voting in the ccNSO should be based on the principle of one vote per Territory should be applied.

While minority of the WG members is of the view the voting should be based on the principle of one member one vote.

On one vote per territory with multiple members, the Working Group noted that if there are two or more ccTLD managers in a Territory who have become members of the ccNSO, for purposes of voting in the ccNSO an emissary for that Territory has to be appointed by all members from that Territory.

“It is a matter for the ccNSO members in the Territory how to designate such an emissary,” he said.

During the period, the group suggested that the emissary has not been appointed, the incumbent member of the ccNSO from that Territory is deemed to vote for that Territory, until such time the ccNSO Council is informed by all members from that Territory of the appointment of an emissary for the Territory.

Remmy Nweke

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