[discuss] Questions regarding business sector participation

Neuman, Jeff Jeff.Neuman at neustar.us
Fri Dec 20 16:16:30 UTC 2013

This is my first post to the list, but I have been reading all of the e-mails.    Too often when we are talking about Internet governance or just governance in general, we talk about business and civil society.  Sometimes technical is also including.  But many of the infrastructure providers, including registries (ccTLDs and gTLDs), registrars, DNS providers and ISPs are left out of the mix.  Businesses rarely consider us part of their clique (even though we are businesses); we are not civil society; we COULD be "technical", but that is usually reserved for the standards bodies (IETF, W3C, etc) and rarely include us.  Those that actually operate the registry, DNS and registrar services are a very different animal than those that design the protocols, etc.

We, the infrastructure providers, are an important element of the DNS landscape and I would like for some consideration to be included in the IG discussions for the providers.   Incidentally, I am not asking that I personally be included, but that some consideration is given.  We are part of the glue that keeps this ecosystem together.


Jeffrey J. Neuman 
Neustar, Inc. / Vice President, Registry Services

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From: discuss-bounces at 1net.org [mailto:discuss-bounces at 1net.org] On Behalf Of George Sadowsky
Sent: Friday, December 20, 2013 11:00 AM
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Subject: [discuss] Questions regarding business sector participation


I would like to ask the following questions regarding business sector participation in 1net and related Internet governance activities, and I would appreciate a public response from representatives of that sector:

1. Is ICC BASIS the sole coordinator of private sector nominations to the 1net steering committee and to the several of the committees that will support the meeting in Brazil in April 2014?

2. Does ICC BASIS restrict its nominations to within the group of "members" of ICC BASIS?

3. In order to be considered a member of ICC BASIS, does an organization have to pay a fee to ICC BASIS?

4. If so, how much is that fee, and is it a one time fee or a yearly fee?

Since much of our discussion seems stuck on representation issues (to my dismay), let's at least get the facts in the open so that we can eliminate unnecessary and unproductive speculation.

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