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    .org PIR Appoints 5 Committees
    posted by michael on Saturday May 03 2003, @03:41PM

    PIR (the .org registry) is creating five advisory committees:
    • Editorial Committee, chaired by S.S. Kshatriy (India)
    • New Services Committee, chaired by Sylvia Cadena (Columbia)
    • Policy Committee, chaired by Michael Geist (Ottawa, Canada)
    • Research and Outreach Committee, chaired by Pierre Dandjinou (residing Senegal - Benin citizenship)
    • Web-based Resources Committee, chaired by Michael Gilbert (Seattle, Washington)

    Full text of the press release:

    May 2, 2003-The Public Interest Registry (PIR) announced during a global Webcast with its Advisory Council yesterday, the establishment of five committees charged with setting priorities to advance .ORG as a thriving international noncommercial Internet community. The primary mission of the Council, which is made up of leaders in the noncommercial and Internet communities throughout the world, is to ensure that PIR is responsive to the needs, concerns, and views of the global noncommercial Internet community.

    The Committee chairs are noted experts in their respective fields. For complete biographies, go to www.pir.org/about/council.html.

    S.S. Kshatriy (India) is Chair of the Editorial Committee. The goal of the Committee is to develop editorial priorities, publish and make recommendations for articles. He is a scientist and writer who pioneered Net Journalism in India and spent most of his career as a scientist in the India Space Research Organization.

    Sylvia Cadena (Columbia) is Chair of the New Services Committee, which will review new services and recommend a timeline for introduction. She has worked with hundreds of nonprofit organizations to establish a Web presence and communication strategy.

    Michael Geist (Ottawa, Canada) is Chairman of the Policy Committee. That Committee's priority is to develop policy statements for the Council and the PIR Board for consideration. Dr. Geist is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa specializing in Internet and e-commerce law. He is widely published and considered an expert in Internet law.

    Pierre Dandjinou (residing Senegal - Benin citizenship) is Chairman of the Research and Outreach Committee. The goal of the Committee is to explore ways to reach out to noncommercials and grow .ORG. Pierre Dandjinou currently holds the position of Policy Specialist, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) with the United Nations Development Program in Dakar.

    Michael Gilbert (Seattle, Washington) is Chair of the Web-based Resources Committee. His priority is to make recommendations for enhancement of PIR's Web-based mechanisms to serve the noncommercial community. Michael is an internationally known consultant to foundations and nonprofits.

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    by Anonymous on Saturday May 03 2003, @10:45PM (#11558)
    The job of a registry is, simply, to register.

    One can only imagine why the .org registrar needs to have an editorial committee and all those other committees that have nothing to do with registering.

    In addition, it seems that somebody forgot that .org is open to everybody and is not a ghetto for non-commercials, foundations, and non-profits.

    This seems like much of the same kind of paternalistic goody-two shoes whitewash that ICANN likes to paint on itself when it wants to pretend that it actually cares about the community of internet users.

    (If ICANN did really care, it would give those users a real voice in the policies that ICANN makes.)

    If PIR really cares about internet users, it would ensure that trademark people do not get yet another forum to expropriate names, and that the internet users can get very-long term (more than 10 year), very inexpensive registrations.
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    • Re:Silly by Anonymous Sunday May 04 2003, @06:39PM

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