25 June 2003
A presentation on contested changes of country code manager was received from Richard Francis of iGCL, (Oxford), discussing forms of dispute resolution that might be adopted in this area. ccTLD managers are interested to further investigate the potential role they might play in such a process.
Updates on the status of IDN were prepared and distributed by Dr. Young Eum Lee (.kr) and Hiro Hotta (.jp) and Gabriella Schittek (Centr).
We welcomed to our session, and enjoyed presentations and exchanges with the Business and Commercial Users, Intellectual Property, Internet Service and Connectivity Providers and Non-Commercial Users constituencies of the GNSO, and the members of the ALAC. We look forward to a continuation of this exchange of views and experiences.
A session with the Chair of the GAC working group on ccTLDS and the GAC Principles provided an opportunity to continue dialogue on those issues.
The passing of the bylaws into force will mark the end of a long passage of development and effort by many people who have been involved in the creation of the ccTLD Support Organisation. Managers wish to record their special thanks to: Peter Dengate Thrush, who chaired the many ccTLD meetings which developed the consensus ccTLD positions, to Chris Disspain, Bart Boswinkel and Bernard Turcotte for their work in successfully negotiating terms with the ERC, for the untiring contributions of many ccTLD leaders, past and present who have collaborated in the development of ccTLD consensus positions, the members of the ccNSO Assistance Group, the ccTLD Adcom and Executive Directors, past and present, to Alejandro Pisanty and Hans Kraaijenbrink, ICANN Board members on the ERC, Vint Cerf, Theresa Swineheart, ICANN staff who have worked to turn those negotiations into documented consensus, to Marilyn Cade, Tony Holmes and Steve Metalitz, officers of the Business, ISP and IP constituencies who gave early and consistent support to the concept of a SO for the ccTLDs, and the many other contributors to this complex and challenging development of the ICANN structure.
Finally, special thanks and recognition are due to Louis Touton, Icann's retiring General Counsel, for his dedication and commitment to the cause of ICANN throughout his tenure.
Louis has been one of the key resources to permit Icann to do its work for the past few years, showing extraordinary skill and patience with the diverse and challenging issues confronting us all.
Wednesday, 25 June 2003