[apops] Implementation of a New IANA Organization (fwd)

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  • Subject: [apops] Implementation of a New IANA Organization (fwd)
  • From: "Steven G. Huter" <sghuter at nsrc dot org>
  • Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 03:32:29 -0700 (PDT)
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      I forward this for those of you in America Latina y el Caribe, Africa, and 
      Asia who have an interest in the implementation of a new IANA 
      organization, and how you can participate. As stated in the document 
      below, "A critical issue is how to ensure that the Board is truly an 
      international body that represents the various stakeholders around the 
      world. ...... Suggestions on how to ensure that the Board is truly an 
      international body are solicited."
      
      To keep the process respectful and productive, please be constructive 
      with any comments or criticisms you would like to offer.
      
      Regards - Saludos - Amicalement,
      
      Steve Huter
      The Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC)
      http://www.nsrc.org/
      
      
      
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      Date: Mon, 13 Jul 1998 17:41:59 -0700 (PDT)
      From: Jon Postel <postel@ISI.EDU>
      To: iana-announce@ISI.EDU
      Cc: postel@ISI.EDU, iana@ISI.EDU
      Subject: Implementation of a New IANA Organization
      
      
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      Hello:
      
      The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) is pleased to welcome
      you to this list of people with an interest in the formation of a new
      IANA.  To help focus efforts and facilitate consensus towards the
      implementation of a new organization, we will be sending you various
      announcements and drafts for your review and comments.
      
      --jon.
      
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      IMPLEMENTATION OF A NEW INTERNET ASSIGNED NUMBERS AUTHORITY (IANA)
      
      I.  Introduction
      
      This is an expanded version of IANA's earlier discussion draft posted
      on 26 June 1998 on the implementation of the new not-for-profit
      Corporation referred to in the U.S Government's white paper on
      "Management of Internet Names and Addresses."  This draft reflects both
      a variety of input on earlier documents as well as reports from the
      Reston and Brussels meetings concerning this issue.  This draft will
      continue to evolve as input is received through additional
      international meetings in Geneva and Singapore and from comments
      received directly at IANA.
      
      We emphasize that this paper is a compilation of ideas expressed by the
      Internet community and are explicitly intended to be discussed.  We
      encourage everyone to comment.  Our only request is that the comments
      be substantive, and that any criticisms be accompanied by specific
      suggestions for change or improvement.  Comments on any part of this
      document are welcome and solicited, and can be sent via email to
      comments at iana dot org.  Comments concerning this draft will be posted at
      www.iana.org (click on "New IANA", then click on "Public Comments").
      
      II.  Purposes
      
      The purpose of the new Corporation should be maintaining the
      operational stability of the Internet by: (1) coordinating the
      assignment of Internet technical parameters as needed to maintain
      universal connectivity on the Internet; (2) managing and performing
      functions related to the coordination of the Internet address space;
      (3) managing and performing functions related to the coordination of
      the Internet domain name system; and (4) overseeing operation of the
      authoritative Internet root server system.
      
      III.  Offices
      
      Given the historical functions performed in the United States, and the
      need to transition these functions to the new Corporation,
      incorporation as a non-profit corporation in the United States, and
      probably in California, is a logical step.  The nature and character of
      the new Corporation's Board will be the true test of its ability to
      represent the interests of stakeholders around the world.
      
      There have been suggestions that point to the advantages of creating an
      additional office(s) outside of the U.S.
      
      Suggestions on the proposed responsibilities and location(s) of this
      office(s) are solicited.
      
      IV.  Scope of Activities
      
      The Corporation should be dedicated to preserving the operational
      stability of the central coordinating functions of the global Internet
      for the public good.
      
      It should operate as a not-for-profit, cost-recovery, nonpartisan
      corporation for charitable and public purposes.
      
      V.  Board
      
      1.  Powers
      
      The powers of the Corporation should be exercised, its property
      controlled and its business and affairs conducted, by or under the
      direction of the Board.  Unless otherwise provided, the Board should
      act by a majority vote of Directors present at a meeting, subject to
      the quorum requirements.
      
      2.  Number and Qualification
      
      It is critical that the Corporation's Board meet several criteria: (1)
      represent the different interests of the various types of stakeholders;
      (2) represent relevant interests from around the world; (3) be able to
      function effectively.  The Board should be comprised as follows:
      
           (a)  Three (3) Directors nominated by the Address Supporting
      	   Organization;
      
           (b)  Three (3) Directors nominated by the Domain Name Supporting
      	   Organization;
      
           (c)  Three (3) Directors nominated by the Protocol Supporting
      	   Organization; and
      
           (d)  Six (6) Directors nominated by the Industry/User Supporting
      	   Organization.
      
      The important condition is that the Board as ultimately constituted be
      representative of the diversity of stakeholders.
      
      A critical issue is how to ensure that the Board is truly an
      international body that represents the various stakeholders around the
      world.  There are a variety of ways this might be accomplished,
      including (1) limiting the number of directors from any one country to
      no more than a specified percentage of the directors, or (2) requiring
      those persons nominated for the Board by the various nominating
      organizations to be persons of diverse nationality.
      
      Suggestions on how to ensure that the Board is truly an international
      body are solicited.
      
      Each Board member should represent the interests of the Internet
      community as a whole.  Once he or she takes a Board seat, he or she
      should not be the representative of a specific group, country, or
      region, but rather a fiduciary for all those interested in and affected
      by the operation of the Internet.
      
      It is critical that the new Corporation be up and running sufficiently
      before September 30, 1998 so that it can undertake to manage, in
      conjunction with the Department of Commerce, the transition that is
      scheduled to take place at that time.  Thus, the Initial Board will
      almost inevitably have to be a true consensus group, arising out of the
      various meetings and discussions between the various interested
      stakeholders.  Such a group might consist of clearly qualified and
      respected senior figures who would not participate in the governance of
      this new Corporation past this initial period, and who could undertake
      to both manage the initial period and to develop consensus in the
      Internet community regarding further structural and operational details
      of the new Corporation.
      
      Such an Initial Board should serve for a relatively short time -- no
      more than one term -- and should be responsible for recognizing the
      Supporting Organizations that should be the source of regular Board
      nominations.  To ensure an effective transition, and to maintain
      Internet stability throughout the transition, the Initial Board should
      probably not all be replaced at the same time.
      
      Suggestions on how to create an effective transition mechanism from the
      Initial Board to the Permanent Board are solicited.
      
      Because of the limited time available for a new Corporation to be
      created, and to minimize any transition difficulties, concrete
      suggestions as to who might be appropriate to serve on such an Initial
      Board should be made as soon as possible.
      
      Suggestions for Initial Board candidates are solicited.
      
      3.  Conflict of Interest
      
      Each Director should be responsible for disclosing to the Corporation
      any matter that could reasonably be perceived to make such Director an
      "interested director" or any relationship or other factor that could
      reasonably be perceived to be a conflict of interest.  Board members
      should be required to recuse themselves from any decisions in which they
      have a direct interest.
      
      4.  Election and Term
      
      New Directors should be installed at each annual meeting of the Board
      to hold office until the end of their terms.
      
      Except for the Initial Board, the regular term of office of a Director
      elected should be three (3) years.  Any Directors should be able to
      serve additional terms provided that the total years of continuous
      service does not exceed six (6).
      
      The Board should also arrange for the terms of the Directors to be
      staggered by providing that of the first Permanent Board elected, five
      Directors should serve an initial term of one (1) year, five Directors
      should serve an initial term of two (2) years, and five Directors
      should serve an initial term of three (3) years.
      
      Suggestions on how these staggered terms should be apportioned for the
      first Permanent Board are solicited.
      
      5.  Compensation
      
      The Directors should receive no compensation for their services as
      Directors.  The Board may, however, authorize the reimbursement of
      actual and necessary expenses incurred by Directors performing duties
      as Directors.
      
      VI.  Supporting Organizations
      
      1.  Powers
      
      The Supporting Organizations should serve as advisory bodies to the
      Board and should have such powers and duties as may be prescribed by
      the Board and the bylaws.  The Board should be able to add additional,
      or remove existing, Supporting Organizations by a two-thirds (2/3)
      majority vote of all members of the Board.  The Supporting
      Organizations should be responsible for nominating Directors to the
      Board and for recommending policies and procedures regarding the
      governance and operation of the Corporation as well as the general
      Internet infrastructure.
      
      The Board should approve or reject policies and procedures recommended
      by the Supporting Organizations subject to review for (1) compliance
      with the articles and bylaws, (2) fair and open process, and (3)
      absence of unresolved conflicts between Supporting Organizations.
      
      The Supporting Organizations also should constitute the primary funding
      sources for the Corporation in accordance with the policies established
      by the Board.
      
      In the interest of providing the framework for the organization before
      September 30, 1998, special arrangements should be made for the
      transitional period, focusing on unconditional corporate or charitable
      grants, with the permanent funding mechanism to be established by the
      Initial Board.
      
      Suggestions for initial funding are solicited.
      
      2.  Qualifications for Membership
      
      Minimal qualifications for membership in the Supporting Organizations
      should be established by the Board.  Other than those minimal
      qualifications, however, each Supporting Organization should establish
      its own rules consistent with maintaining inclusive membership.  The
      Board should also be able to prohibit unduly restrictive membership
      conditions.
      
      3.  Description and Responsibilities
      
      The bylaws should establish at least be the following Supporting
      Organizations:
      
      (a)  The Address Supporting Organization should be composed of
      representatives from regional Internet address registries.  Until such
      time as there are additional members in the Address Supporting
      Organization, Directors from this Supporting Organization should
      represent the American Registry for Internet Numbers ("ARIN"), the
      Asia Pacific Network Information Center ("APNIC") and Reseaux IP
      Europeens ("RIPE NCC").
      
      The Address Supporting Organization should organize a committee called
      the Address Council to make recommendations to the Board regarding
      policies and procedures for the assignment of Internet
      addresses.
      
      (b)  The Domain Name Supporting Organization should be composed of
      representatives from name registries and registrars of both
      generic/global and country-code top level domains ("TLDs") and other
      entities with interests in these issues (for example, entities
      interested in trademark and related issues).
      
      The Domain Name Supporting Organization should organize a
      committee called the Name Council to make recommendations to the Board
      regarding policies and procedures relating to top level (generic/global
      and country-code) domains, including operation, assignment, and
      management of the domain name system.
      
      (c)  The Protocol Supporting Organization should be composed of
      representatives from the Internet protocol organizations.  Until such
      time as there are additional members in the Protocol Supporting
      Organization, the Internet Architecture Board should act as the
      Protocol Supporting Organization.
      
      The Protocol Supporting  Organization should organize a committee
      called the Protocol Council to make recommendations regarding policies
      and procedures regarding the management of protocol numbers, port
      numbers, and other technical parameters.
      
      (d)  The Industry/User Supporting Organization should be composed of
      representatives of organizations that represent Internet users.
      
      The Industry/User Committee should organize a committee called the
      Industry/User Council to make recommendations regarding the
      advancement of the purposes and capabilities of the Internet, the
      needs of Internet users, and other matters concerning the use of
      the Internet.
      
      Suggestions on how the Industry/User Supporting Organization could be
      constituted, and whether it would be preferable to divide this
      Supporting Organization into two or more separate entities are
      solicited.
      
      VII.  Officers
      
      The initial officers of the Corporation should be a Chairperson of the
      Board, a Chief Technology Officer (CTO), a President or Chief Executive
      Officer (CEO), and a Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer.  The Board
      should be free to add additional officers as needed.
      
      VIII.  Indemnification
      
      The Directors and staff of the Corporation should be indemnified by the
      Corporation from any personal liability or expense from developing,
      promulgating, or implementing the policies adopted by the Board.
      
      IX.  Public Process
      
      The Corporation should engage independent auditors on an ongoing
      basis.
      
      The Corporation should operate to the maximum extent possible in an
      open and transparent manner at all levels.  Board and Supporting
      Organization meetings should be open to the public, unless and except
      to the extent that executive sessions are expressly instituted for
      stated reasons, and minutes and other materials should be published and
      available on the Internet.
      
      X.  Bylaws
      
      Any bylaws adopted by the Corporation should be altered, amended, or
      repealed and new bylaws adopted only upon action by two-thirds (2/3)
      majority vote of all members of the Board.
      
      The initial bylaws of the Corporation should be transitional in nature
      and aid in the initial governance of the Corporation.  Consistent with
      this purpose, the initial bylaws should be reviewed and replaced as
      deemed necessary or appropriate by the Permanent Board within one (1)
      year after it is elected.  However, the initial bylaws should remain in
      full force and effect until such time as they are amended or replaced.
      
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