Domain Name Commission Limited Board Minutes - December 2011

Minutes - Board meeting, 15 December 2011


Joy Liddicoat (Chair), Ken Johnston, Michael Foley, Andy Linton, Debbie Monahan, Alison McKenzie


David Farrar

The meeting started with Board alone time, followed by the Board with the CE.

1. Register of Interests

The DNCL Register of Interests was updated. No conflicts were noted for this meeting.

2. Minutes of the last meeting

The minutes of the last DNCL Board meeting were passed as true and accurate.

It was noted that the results of the recent Whois Accuracy Survey will be communicated to registrars before Christmas. There were no further matters arising that were not covered elsewhere in the agenda.

3. Workplan

Andy Linton was thanked for his input to the DNSSEC project. The Board noted the planned heavy workload for the coming year, and suggested the policy review timetable continued to be monitored and amended if required.

4. DNC Reports

The DNC spoke to her reports for the months of September and October. The DNC was thanked for her reports.

5. Policy Reviews

After discussion, the Board noted the issues relating to both the Registering Managing and Canceling Domain Names (RMC) and Zone Transfer Policy (ZTP) reviews. It was agreed that further work could be done on the practicality of introducing a "registrant lock" service as part of the RMC policy.

The Board also agreed that work should be undertaken to propose possible amendments to the ZTP Policy to include a section that covers the use of the zone data for .nz.

It was noted that both areas of work would involve discussion and agreement with NZRS.

6. Membership of NetSafe/MED Cyber Security Initiative

MED has established the NetSafe/MED Cyber Security Initiative, NCSI in partnership with NetSafe and had issued invitations to members to join the initiative for a fee of $25,000. The Board questioned why DNCL should need to pay in order to contribute its expertise to such a group, and discussed the motivation behind the project. The Board noted that the funding strategy for this particular initiative is odd, reflecting that government has no Vote ICT, and therefore no budget for initiatives like this. It was noted that there is a need for a CERT and a need for someone to take up the functions that were previously with CCIP. However, the proposed initiative is not a multi-stakeholder approach. Some possible approaches were discussed.

The Board noted the invitation to become a fee-paying member of the NetSafe/MED Cyber Security Initiative, and received the paper. It was noted that the DNCL Board considers that DNCL can make a significant contribution to the substantive issues. The Board declines to approve payment of the membership fee for the NetSafe/MED Cyber Security Initiative and notes that a preferable approach for implementation of government policy initiatives is an open, non-contribution model. The paper is referred back to InternetNZ and MED for discussion.

7. .nz is our home Update

The Board discussed the proposal to update the .nz is our home campaign replacing the people featured in the current videos as many have moved on from those roles. It was agreed that the project to update the '.nz is our home' content could proceed.

8. Budget

Discussion began with thanks to the DNC for presenting a clear and well-explained paper. It was noted that David Farrar had seen the paper and approved and agreed the figures.

The Board noted the second quarter financial report, and the end-of-year forecast and the comments on this. The Board approved the draft 2012/2013 budget, and the 2012-2015 three-year budget with an amendment.

9. Chair update

The Chair noted there were no further matters that had not been discussed earlier in the meeting.

The meeting closed at 6.48pm.

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