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    Country-Code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) ccNSO - More machinations
    posted by michael on Tuesday September 02 2003, @01:02PM

    Anonymous writes "On 27th August, (as you can see from ICANN's main page), ICANN announced a call for participation in the ccNSO. You can find much of the detail here.

    One of the more remarkable things about this is the timetable. An announcement on 27th August expects 30 ccTLDs to make binding commitments to join the ccNSO by 4 September. It reads:

    The Launching Group is working on nominating an organization to run the Council election, and the process for these elections. If it is possible, the Launching Group would like to hold ccNSO Council elections in time for the first ccNSO meeting to be held at ICANN in Tunisia. If this is to occur then the threshold of 30 members would need to be reached by 4 September 2003
    A couple of interesting things drop out from this.

    Firstly, just in practical terms, it is unlikely that many of the more formally constituted ccTLDs could make a commitment that quickly.

    Secondly, it's worth looking at the binding commitment the ccTLDs are being asked to make."

    "The membership application form, for instance, requests a commitment to pay ccNSO fees (as yet undetermined - so a commitment to pay an as yet undecided and unlimited sum). Also, what would seem to be a request for the ccTLD to unconditionally undertake to abide by the ccNSO's rules (however they might change), and ICANN's bylaws (however they might change). It was agreed at Montreal (after much negotiating) that ccTLD's primary responsibility regarding policy making was to their local internet community; thus ccNSO rules were not meant to bind ccTLDs except to the extent that if they broke them, they could be ejected from the ccNSO. What is proposed here is an arrangement where ICANN could slip anything it liked into the Bylaws, and the ccTLD concerned would be contractually bound to it. I cannot believe that is either the letter or the spirit of the Montreal agreement.

    So it looks like very few ccTLDs (at least very few ccTLDs in their right minds) will join the ccNSO before the launching-group's self-imposed deadline on 4 September.

    Another ICANN ploy to weaken the ccNSOs? Perhaps not this time. Fingers are instead pointing at certain members of the launching group and ccTLD community. It has been suggested that by ensuring only a few ccTLDs join (whose managers have been close to the development process), the ccNSO council, and thus their ICANN board representation can be pretty much sewn up in advance.

    Perhaps what has been one of Twomey's more sensible moves is going to get wrecked by the self-interest of certain individuals..."

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