Developing a stable, open, international, competitive, and equitable administration of the Internet DNS 

LAST UPDATE APRIL 13            

NEWS CORE has elected a new representative to the POC. The Chair of PAB counters the FTC's submission to the USG Green Paper. The US Congress holds hearings on the Internet domain name system. 
Plus POC, PAB and CORE reply to the USG Green Paper. 
FAQ Got a question? Try our Frequently Asked Questions. 
Plus Learn how the gTLD-MoU Policy Oversight Committee plans to widen its membership. 
INFO Need an explanation of the gTLD-MoU governance structure? 

MAILING LISTS Subscribe to our email broadcast list gtld-announce to get the latest news on gTLD-MoU activities. Here's how. 
Signatories to the gTLD-MoU come from many countries and interests. 
Plus Learn how your organization can become a signatory to the gTLD-MoU and join the Policy Advisory Body (and elect members of the Policy Oversight Committee). 
PRESS & MEDIA CONTACTS The people who are more skilled at public relations than us. 

CALENDAR & EVENTS Check out what's coming up or review past meetings related to the gTLD-MoU. 

DNS IN THE NEWS Find out what the press is saying about the domain name system. 

ACRONYMS Confused by the alphabet soup? SOGOA (See our glossary of acronyms). 

CONTACT US Contact POC, PAB or CORE. Here's how. 

DOCUMENTS Here are the key gTLD-MoU legal and policy documents with their revision history. 

DISPUTE RESOLUTION It's a sure recipe for conflict: an international naming space and multi-dimensional trademark law rooted in national law. Read what we've done in trying to strike the compromise. 
PRESENTATIONS Read online or download past presentations by the Policy Oversight Committee 
REQUEST FOR COMMENTS The Policy Oversight Committee issues Request for Comments on contentious policy issues. See what's new and past requests and submissions. 
POC Who is POC? 
PAB The Policy Advisory Body is important to keep CORE and POC responsive to the wishes, wants, and desires of the Internet Community. 
CORE The Council of Registrars (CORE) is an operational body made up of all Registrars established under the gTLD-MoU framework. 
CORE REGISTRAR SELECTION What are the qualifications needed to become a CORE registrar? CORE plans to reopen its membership soon. 
CORE REGISTRARS Who are the CORE Registrars in your geographical area? 
IANA The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) manages the root of the Internet Domain Name System (DNS) to promote stability and robustness. 
IAHC The International Ad Hoc Committee (IAHC) is the task force that developed this private-sector framework. 
ALL NEWS Most recent news at the right not enough? Try the complete historical list of all gTLD-MoU news.
Generic Top Level Domain Memorandum of Understanding 

April 13, 1998: Roberto Gaetano from ETSI has been elected by CORE as one of its representatives to the gTLD-MoU Policy Oversight Committee (POC), replacing Alan Hanson. 

April 7, 1998: Press Release: CORE says Corporations, Governments, Agencies, Individuals From All Over The World Find Major Flaws In U.S. Green Paper 

April 7, 1998: Kent Crispin, Chair of the gTLD-MoU Policy Advisory Body, has submitted comments for the public record concerning the joint Congressional hearings held on March 31, 1998 entitled The Domain Name System: Where Do We Go From Here? (see below). 

March 31, 1998: The United States House of Representatives Committee on Science, Subcommittee on Basic Research and Subcommittee on Technology, held joint hearings on March 31, 1998. See The Domain Name System: Where Do We Go From Here?

March 23, 1998: The gTLD-MoU Policy Oversight Committee has released its response to the USG Green Paper

March 23, 1998: The gTLD-MoU Policy Advisory Body has released its response to the USG Green Paper

March 23, 1998: CORE has released a matrix that displays the Key Differences in Domain Name Administration 

March 23, 1998: Press Release: CORE Submits Response to U.S. Government Green Paper: Plan For Domain Name Regulation Recommends Ten Steps for Ending the Monopoly on March 31, 1998, Immediate Transition to New Era of Competition 

March 23, 1998: Internet Council of Registrars (CORE)'s Official Comments on the Green Paper (Technical Management of Internet Names and Addresses). 

March 20, 1998: The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center has a new web site in preparation for dispute resolution activities related to the gTLD-MoU including online mediation, expedited arbitration, and Administrative Domain Name Challenge Panels (ACPs). 

March 10, 1998: Our Frequently Asked Questions has been updated. 

March 10, 1998: An index of submissions made to Notice-98-01: Proposed Trademark Dispute Resolution: [Third Revised] Draft Substantive Guidelines for Administrative Domain Name Challenge Panels is available. The original mail archive of submissions can be found at

February 17, 1998: The deadline for submission of comments to the Request for Comments (RFC) Notice-98-01, Proposed Trademark Dispute Resolution: [Third Revised] Draft Substantive Guidelines for Administrative Domain Name Challenge Panels has been extended from February 16 to March 6, 1998. 

February 17, 1998: An index of submissions made to Notice-97-04: Proposed Modification/Expansion of the gTLD-MoU Policy Oversight Committee (POC) and Amendment Process of the gTLD-MoU is available. 

February 17, 1998: A revised version of the CORE Articles of Association recently adopted at the January 23-24, 1998, CORE Plenary meeting in Washington, D.C. is now available. 

January 30, 1998: Press Release: Internet Council of Registrars Says Draft Green Paper Provides Basic Steps in the Right Direction, but Perpetuates Current Monopoly, Delays Transition to Self Governance 

January 29, 1998: Presentations made at the recent meeting on January 22, 1998, in Washington, D.C. are now available including WIPO Dispute Resolution Procedures for gTLD-MoU Domain Name System available in HTML and PowerPoint 95 or 97 versions). 

January 29, 1998: German translations of the gTLD-MoU and  CORE-MoU, and CORE Articles of Association are now available (note the latter does not yet incorporate changes made to CORE Articles of Association made at the recent CORE meeting on January 24, 1998 in Washington, D.C.). 

January 26, 1998: Press Release: Four Major Internet Organizations Support Adding Seven New Domains, Expanding Registration System, Indemnifying IANA 

January  16, 1998: Request for Comments Notice-98-01 issued: Proposed Trademark Dispute Resolution: [Third Revised] Draft Substantive Guidelines for Administrative Domain Name Challenge Panels. Request for Comments open January 16, 1998 to February 16, 1998. 

January 16, 1998: A [Third Revised Draft] of the Substantive Guidelines Concerning Administrative Domain Name Challenge Panels is now available

January 15, 1998: Press Release: Council of Registrars (CORE) Plans Worldwide Launch of New Internet Domain Names in March; Sets Schedule for Acceptance Testing 

January 12, 1998: POC is now making available an informal summary of submissions made to the request for comments Notice-97-03: Proposed Trademark Dispute Resolution: [Second Revised] Draft Substantive Guidelines for Administrative Domain Name Challenge Panels. A new third revised draft of the substantive guidelines will be posted soon and another request for comments will be issued soliciting comments on this draft. 

January 8, 1998: A new section on the gTLD-MoU web site is available: Domain Name System in the News including 2Day's World Domain News - an excellent robot service scanning the net for DNS-related news. 

January 5, 1998: Information is available on the Thursday, January 22, 1998 meeting in Washington, D.C.: Internet Domain Name System - gTLD-MoU Information Session - An Opportunity to Meet Members of the Policy Oversight Committee (POC) and Council of Registrars (CORE) to Discuss Policy, Legal and Technical Aspects of the new Top Level Domains

January 5, 1998: CORE will have a Plenary Meeting on January 21, 23, 24, 1998 in Washington, D.C. 

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