ICANN 02 - Berlin

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Dates: 25-27 May, 1999
Location: Berlin, Germany
Venue: Hotel Adlon
Website: ICANN.org
Historical Significance
Board approves the formation of constituency groups within DNSO

ICANN 2 was held in Berlin, Germany from between 25-27 May, 1999. All meetings took place the Hotel Adlon.

The first day saw the new advisory committees meet, the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) and Membership Advisory Committee, meet. There was also a presentation from IANA which talked about delegation practices. Each of the seven constituencies of the Domain Name Supporting Organization also engaged in meetings. In addition to this, the DNSO initial assembly was to be held during the afternoon. The meeting commenced at around 1:30 pm and featured the introduction of webcasting services, to ensure that people not in attendance were still able to take part in the discussion. The meeting gave participants in the various DNSO constituency group meetings the opportunity to report on their respective morning meetings, and also gave all DNSO General Assembly participants the opportunity to discuss the DNSO structure, as well as possible next steps in the DNSO process.

On May 26th, the ICANN Board of Directors held a day-long public forum. The meeting required no preregistration for the participants, and was open to all persons interested in attending the meeting. Webcasting services were also employed here for those wishing to participate from afar. The meeting's agenda included a discussion of the following topics:

  • Preliminary recommendations of the ICANN Advisory Committee on Independent Review[1]
  • Preliminary 1999-2000 ICANN budget

All of these topics were posted online and were available to view and comment on, they can still be found here.

Day 3 (May 27th 1999, ICANN Board Meeting)

The board meeting included a number of resolutions related to the presentations and proposals from the prior day. The following constituencies were approved within the DNSO:

  • gTLD Registries
  • Registrars
  • ccTLD registries
  • Commercial and business entities
  • Intellectual property
  • ISPs and connectivity providers

The board approved the creation of the Protocol Supporting Organization (PSO) and instructed ICANN's president to draft implementation bylaws for the organization. The board acknowledged and approved various points of progress on the Membership Advisory Committee's development of an At-Large membership model. And the board acknowledged the WIPO report and praised its comprehensive and deep recommendations for a uniform process of responding to trademark issues. The board directed the testbed registrars to work together to formulate a draft Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy for the board's consideration.[2]