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Industry: Internet governance
Founded: 2011
Twitter: TwitterIcon.png@NPOC_ICANN
Key People
Joan Kerr, Chair
Raoul Plommer, Vice Chair
Juan Manuel Rojas,Membership Committee Chair
David Cake,Policy Committee Chair
Caleb Olumuyiwa Ogundele ,Communications Committee Chair
Oreoluwa Somolu Lesi, Secretariat

The Not-for-Profit Operational Concerns Constituency (NPOC) is a constituency within the Generic Names Supporting Organization's Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group (NCSG) and represents the interests of domain name registrants who belong to non-profit and non-government organizations (NGO's - Civil Society).

NPOC participates in ICANN community discussions on policy issues related to the Internet and Domain Name System (DNS), as such issues have a significant impact on the operations of these organizations and their delivery of services that are beneficial to various communities. NPOC was approved by the ICANN Board on June 24, 2011.[1] Amber Sterling served as Interim Chairman until April 2012 when elections results for the period 2012-2013 were announced. A notice of Election was issued to its member on January 9, 2012 and election of NPOC Officers was conducted on March 5, 2012. A list of 2017-2018 elected NPOC Executive Committee members is available here.

At ICANN 43, the NPOC met with the Non-Commercial Stakeholders Group (NCSG) and later issued a joint-statement in which they declared that some of their previous outstanding contentions had been resolved and that the two groups were looking forward to fruitful engagement in the future. They wrote that, "Initial positive steps were made in order to begin to build trust between the two NCSG constituencies and we are all committed in working together for the promotion of non-commercial interests in the Internet. We believe we can work out our differences and our governance issues internally."


In June, 2008, the ICANN Board made recommendations on how to improve the operations and structure of the GNSO. One of its recommendations was the development of new GNSO constituencies in accordance with Article X, Section 5(4) of the ICANN Bylaws. As there were no specific guidelines stipulated in the ICANN Bylaws on how the community could file a petition for a new constituency, the ICANN Staff helped the community by formulating procedures in accordance with principles within the Bylaws, as directed by the ICANN Board. In October, 2008, two procedures were formulated and adopted by the Internet community: the submission of a Notice of Intent (NOIF) to Form a New GNSO Constituency and a formal Petition/Charter. NPOC submitted its NOIF on June 15, 2010, followed by its Petition/Charter on November 2, 2010, which was subsequently revised on December 7, 2010.[2]

A public comment regarding NPOC's intention to become a new GNSO Constituency was conducted by ICANN staff from December 1, 2010 until January 30, 2011.[3] The Charter of NPOC was approved by ICANN on June 24, 2011, and this NPOC became an official GNSO constituency.[4]


The NPOC is composed of Executives, Members, and Policy and Communications Committees. The constituency is to elect a Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretariat and Committee Chairs. The officers and members of each committee shall be elected by the constituency members. Each term will last a year and any elected officer cannot serve more than five years within a ten years period. The rules and responsibilities of the elected officers are defined in the NPOC Charter.[5]

2018-2019 NPOC Executive Committee members are the following:[6]:

NPOC´s Elected Constituency Chair, Alain Berranger of Fundacion Chasquinet resigned his post on May 25, 2013.

Current NPOC's representatives at the NCSG Executive Council are Raoul Plommer and Juan Manuel Rojas.


The current members of NPOC as of May 10, 2020 can be found on this link:[7]

ICANN 63 Barcelona (October 2018)

The Forum was held from 20-25 October, 2018 in the Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona (CCIB),

Constituency day

Date: Tuesday 23rd October, 10.30 am -12.00 pm

Place: Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona (CCIB)

ICANN 61 Puerto Rico (March 2018)

The Forum is held on 10-15 March, 2018 in the Puerto Rico Convention Center,

Constituency day

Date: Tuesday 13th March, 15.15 am -16.45 pm

Place: Puerto Rico Convention Center, 100 Calle Guamaní, San Juan, 00907, Puerto Rico.

ICANN 53 Buenos Aires (June 2015)

Event1: LAC NGO Caucus on Internet Governance

Date: Saturday 20th June, 10.30 am -13.10 pm

Place: Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel & Convention Center, San Martin 1225, Buenos Aires 1104 Argentina.

Language of event: Spanish with English and Portuguese translation

RSVP: To register for this event please send an email to:

Please also RSVP if you want to follow the event via a web cast. We will send you the information how to connect as soon as they become available.

The LAC NGO Caucus on Internet Governance brings together NGOs, Civil Society and other Internet governance stakeholder groups in order to raise awareness and organizational capacity on the Internet related issues they face. The goal of the meeting is to engage in strategic Internet planning and to promote organizational voices in areas of Internet policy formation and implementation relevant to their work and their mission. The NGO Caucus engages with all sectors and does not limit itself to Civil Society as today’s Internet stakeholders have to rely for their growth and development on the co-operation and partnership with a multitude of other highly diverse organizations and sectors. The NGO Caucus is designed to produce win-win policies and practice outcomes.

Event 2: "Meet ICANN"

Your Chance to meet the ICANN stakeholders, see the ICANN community at work and participate in a ICANN meeting.

Date: Monday, 22nd of June, 13,00

Place: Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel & Convention Center, San Martin 1225, Buenos Aires 1104 Argentina. Please meet at the Conference Registration desk 15 minutes before the event.

To register for this event please send an email to:

ICANN as an organization, its role, function and work is a mystery to the vast majority of Internet users. Sometimes, one has the feeling that as more ICANN becomes important to our every day lives, the less people seem to know about it. This is a great opportunity for everybody who wants to know more about ICANN in particular and Internet Governance in general, to meet with a number of ICANN representatives and stakeholders and to experience a ICANN meeting.

Language of event: Spanish, English and Portuguese. Introduction in Spanish with English translation. Different hosts will use their native language during the walkabout and groups can also be formed according to language preferences of visitors.

Event 3: NPOC Constituency day encounter with NGOs

Date: Tuesday, 23rd of June, 12.00pm-13.00pm

Place: Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel & Convention Center, San Martin 1225, Buenos Aires 1104 Argentina

Language of event: Spanish with English and Portuguese translation

RSVP: To register for this event please send an email to:

Please also RSVP if you want to follow the event via a web cast. We will send you the information how to connect as soon as they become available.

Engage with, participate in and contribute to the IG multi stakeholder decision making process. The NGO Caucus held some days before was designed to produce win-win policies and practice outcomes. This follow up meeting is designed to develop and implement strategies how to contribute the NGO caucus outcomes to the wider ICANN policy and decision making process. A further aim is also to engage participants with their respective constituencies and stakeholder groups.

ICANN 52 Singapore (February 2015)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 9-13:00 – Room Moor Constituency Day Agenda

1. Roll call and participant introductions 9:00

2. Reporting by leadership 9:05 – 9:30

   Report from NPOC's chair on FY2014
   Report from Policy chair
   Report from Membership Committee chair
   Report from Program Committee chair

3. Meeting with CFO Xavier Calvez 9:30 – 10:00

   Information on finances and budget FY16

4. Meeting with Tanzanica S. King 10:20 – 10:40

5. Discussion on actual policy issues related to NGO's 10:40 – 11:20

   IANA transition and it's impact on NGO's

6. Webinar 11:30 – 13:00

What every Civil Society Organization should Know about its use of the Internet and Never Dared to Ask! - Part 2"

For remote participants please use the following url :

ICANN 51 Los Angeles (October 2014)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 9-12:30 – Room Directors, Century Plaza

ICANN 50 London (June 2014)

   ALAC Summit II
   NPOC constituency day (Tuesday 24/6)
   NPOC´s meeting with other constituencies

NPOC meeting during the ICANN 49 (March 2014) in Singapore :

Multi-stakeholder dialogue on DNS for development Saturday 22 March 2014

   NPOC´s pre-ICANN event on March 22, 2014
   Constituency Meeting on March 25 2014
   NPOC´s meeting with other constituencies
       NCSG meeting March 25 - 13:30 - 18:00

NPOC meeting during the ICANN 48 (november) in Buenos Aires, Argentina:

       1st Latin American and Caribbean DNS FORUM - Friday 15th - click here for  programa Espanõl English program
       NPOC Constituency Meeting on Tuesday 19th
   NPOC ATRT2 meeting on Tuesday 19th
   NPOC - I-Engage Institute- Supporting the Internet Ecosystem on Thursday 21st

NPOC meeting during the ICANN 47 in Durban, South Africa:

   NPOC´s Session on "Democratization of Internet Governance I-Inform Alliance Plan of Action" on July 17, 2013
   NPOC Constituency Meeting on July 16, 2013.
   NPOC´s meeting with the Second Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT2) on July 16, 2013.

NPOC held three sessions at the recent ICANN 46 Public Meeting in Beijing, China:

   “The role of youth in the DNS” on April 11, 2013.
   “The Impact of new generic Top level Domains on NGO’s and NFP´s” on April 10, 2013.
   NPOC Constituency Meeting on April 9, 2013.

NPOC held two sessions at the recent ICANN 45 Public Meeting in Toronto, Canada:

   “The Multistakeholder model from the NGO´s perspective”, NPOC Workshop, October 17, 2012.
   NPOC´s Constituency Meeting on October 16, 2012.

ICANN 44 in Prague, Czech Republic: "The impact of the internet and e-Fundraising on Not-for-profits and NGOs"


NPOC Interim leadership and several NPOC members participated actively at ICANN 43 in San Jose, Costa Rica during GNSO and NCSG working sessions and meetings. NPOC also organized a NPOC Launch Meeting and Panel entitled "NPOC The Newest ICANN Constituency: Vision, Mission and Priorities" during the Stakeholders`s Day [8] [9]. The session was introduced by Debra Hughes, Senior Counsel, American Red Cross and the panelists were Dr. Gabriel Macaya, Vice-President, Strategy XXI Century, Costa Rica, and President of National Academy of Science of Costa Rica (Host of .cr, the ccTLD name for Costa Rica), Clotilde Fonseca, Executive Director, Council for the Promotion of Competitiveness, and Costa Rica and Former Minister of Science and Technology, Costa Rica, Eduardo Monge, Project Development and International Relations Officer, Omar Dengo Foundation, Costa Rica, and Alain Berranger, Member, NPOC Interim Executive Committee.

In this session 2011-2012 results and 2012-2013 priorities were also presented [10].


Debra Hughes represented the NPOC Constituency during the ICANN 42 meeting on October 26, 2011 held in Dakar, Senegal. She provided some updates to the ICANN community regarding the recent activities of NPOC and introduced the interim leadership of the constituency, which included: [11]

During the meeting, Ms. Hughes also informed the participants of the ICANN meeting that the NPOC was concerned about the security and stability of the Internet and plans to concentrate on supporting DNSSEC and other Internet security issues. Hughes emphasized that the constituency is ready to be actively involved in the different ICANN activities.

Comments on ICANN Issues

Since its establishment, NPOC had been active in sharing comments and recommendations on different ICANN issues, particularly regarding the new gTLD program, which launched on January 12, 2012. The organization submitted its comments during the drafting of the Applicant Guidebook; most recently, comments were submitted on May 15, 2011 by Amber Sterling, Chairwoman of the constituency. NPOC's comments include the following:

  • The ICANN Board should provide price options for non-profit organizations for new gTLD applications based on criteria.
  • It was suggested that the ICANN Board implement an initial evaluation period to weigh the costs and benefits of proposed new gTLDs to the public.
  • NPOC praised the ICANN Board's initiative in adding questions to the new gTLD application related to an applicant's intent. In connection to this, NPOC suggested to grade the answers to those questions as part of the review of applications.
  • NPOC suggested to further define the role of Independent Objector (IO) in connection with IO selection, IO support, IO application review and decision, to ascertain if it is necessary to object or not.
  • It was recommended that marks not protected by court or statute should be submitted to the Trademark Clearinghouse periodically (every 3 years) and a requirement during the Sunrise Period. In addition, the expansion of trademark claims and Sunrise Period services was also recommended by the constituency as well as the reduction of Clearinghouse filing fees for non-profit organizations.
  • It was also recommended that the Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) fees be reduced for non-profit organizations.[12]

NPOC's compilation of comments on the different DNS Policy Issues of ICANN can be found here.

Senate Hearing Testimony Regarding New gTLD Expansion

On December 8, 2011, Angela Williams, General Counsel of YMCA of the USA, testified during a hearing conducted by the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation regarding the ICANN's new gTLD program. Ms. Williams also represented NPOC and testified that new gTLD program compromises the Internet by increasing the risk of fraud, cybersquatting, and trademark infringement by significantly escalating the cost to protect against such unlawful activities. She requested the Senate committee and all parties involved to further evaluate the program with non-profit organizations in mind.[13]

Some people were surprised with the sudden participation of Ms. Williams in the Senate Hearing due to the fact the YMCA never had an active role nor participated within the ICANN community.[14]