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Date/Time: Tue, August 13, 2002 at 9:23 PM GMT
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Subject: .org domain names as a not for profit resource


Dear ICANN Board Members,

We write to express support for the Internet Society's (ISOC) bid to manage the .ORG registry.
IEPRC is an international not-for-profit network of content owners. We support the work of ISOC and believe, a successful ISOC bid would be good for .ORG and good for the Internet Community.

ISOC is one of the oldest 'Internet institutions' that contribute to an open and stable Internet. Through its current initiatives in support of education and training, internet standards and protocol, and public policy, ISOC has played a leading role in ensuring that the Internet has developed in an open manner. ISOC serves the global community on issues critical to the Internet's development. Additionally, ISOC supports the open mechanisms that are so important in enabling concensus on key Internet issues.

We believe, ISOC's mission of ensuring "the open development, evolution and use of the Internet for the benefit of all people of the world" is in harmony with .ORG's goals. For ten years ISOC has run international network training programmes for developing countries and these programmes have played a vital role in setting up the Internet connections and networks in virtually every country that has connected to the Internet in the last eight years.

ISOC's plans for .ORG will enable it to flourish as a truly global home for non-commercial interests on the Internet. As a non-commercial entity itself, we trust that ISOC will make an effective and trustworthy steward for the domain.

We note ISOC is partnering with Afilias, which deployed successfully the first EPP- based registry system with the launch of .INFO. Afilias has a proven back-office system that can execute the policies developed by ISOC and that are required for a stable and effective managment of .ORG.

We ask you to look favourably upon the Internet Society proposal and to appoint the Internet Society as the next registry manager for this very important domain.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Margot Blunden-Willms
Company Secretary and Administrator
International Electronic Publishing Research Centre


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