Archived — Notice No. DGTP-007-02

Department of Industry

Notice No. DGTP-007-02 —  Consultation on Canada's position respecting proposed reforms to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

Reforms to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is a not-for-profit, private sector, California corporation that manages the technical co-ordination of the Internet's naming and addressing systems including the domain name system (DNS). The DNS consists of both country code top level domains (ccTLDs) such as ".ca" for Canada, and generic top level domains (gTLDs) which are international in scope, such as ".com".

Since its formation in 1998, ICANN has been working to fulfil its mandate of managing the technical functions of the Internet, while dealing with ongoing debates about its governance, structure and legitimacy. At the ICANN Board of Directors retreat held over the weekend of February 23, 2002, President Stuart Lynn proposed a series of structural reforms for ICANN. Following this meeting, ICANN formed the Evolution and Reform Committee (ERC), which developed recommendations on ICANN Reform, taking into account the views of ICANN's constituents (including governments). The ERC's recommendations are found in their ICANN: A Blueprint for Reform, which was the subject of the recent Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) and ICANN meetings in Bucharest, Romania held from June 24-26, 2002. The government of Canada has developed a preliminary position paper on ICANN reform in response to the Blueprint document.

Invitation to Comment

This notice announces the release of the position paper and invites comments from interested parties. The consultation paper is available electronically at the following address:

Respondents are requested to provide their comments in electronic format (WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, Adobe PDF or ASCII TXT ) to facilitate posting on the Department's Web site. Documents submitted should be sent with a note specifying the software, version number and operating system used. All comments should make reference to "Comments — Gazette Notice DGTP-007-02" and be sent to the following e-mail address:

Written submissions should be addressed to the Director General, Telecommunications Policy Branch, Industry Canada, 300 Slater Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0C8. All representations should cite the Canada Gazette, Part I, publication date, the title, and the Notice reference number (DGTP-007-02). To ensure there is time to consider all comments, submissions should be received no later than September 10, 2002.

Michael Helm
Director General
Telecommunications Policy Branch

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