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Resolutions in 2017

 
Resolution 2017-01: Approve Consent Agenda
RESOLVED, that the following items contained in the Consent Agenda were approved and ratified:
 
a/ Resolution 2017-02: Approve the minutes of the 134th Board meeting
RESOLVED, that the minutes of the 134th meeting of the Board of Trustees, held on November 10-11, 2016, in Hyderabad, India are approved.
 
b/ Resolution 2017-03: Accept the 2016 year-end financial report from the CFO
RESOLVED that the report of the 2016 year-end financial report from the CFO is accepted.
 
c/ Resolution 2017-04: Accept the 2017 Action Plan update from the CEO
RESOLVED that the 2017 Action Plan update from the CEO is accepted.
 
Resolution 2017-05: Internet Society 401(K) Savings Plan Amendment
E-vote held January 24 to 31, 2017 and passed unanimously.
RESOLVED, that the Board approves an amendment to the Internet Society's U.S. employee 401(K) plan, modifying the definition of Highly Compensated Employee to “top-paid group election”.
 
Resolution 2017-06: Approval of the 2017 IAB slate
E-vote held February 11 to 20, 2017 and passed unanimously.
RESOLVED, that the 2017 IAB slate consisting of the following individuals is approved:
 
Jari Arkko
Gabriel Montenegro
Mark Nottingham
Robert Sparks
Jeff Tantsura
Suzanne Woolf
 
FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Internet Society Board of Trustees thanks the IETF Nominations Committee and its Chair, Lucy Lynch, for their time and hard work.
 
Resolution 2017-07: Welcome new Chapter
RESOLVED, that the ISOC Board of Trustees warmly welcomes the new Internet Society Panama Chapter, which was chartered and approved since the last Board meeting.
 
Resolution 2017-08: Welcome new Special Interest Group
RESOLVED, that the ISOC Board of Trustees warmly welcomes the new ISOC Blockchain Special Interest Group, which was chartered and approved since the last Board meeting.
 
Resolution 2017-09: Appoint members of the PIR Board
RESOLVED, that the ISOC Board of Trustees appoints the following people to the Board of Directors of the Public Interest Registry for terms beginning in April 2017:
 
Jeffrey Bedser, for a term of three years,
Eric Burger, returning, for a term of three years,
Hartmut Glaser, returning, for a term of one year.
 
Resolution 2017-10: Accept the 2017 Nominations Committee report
RESOLVED that the report of the 2017 Nominations Committee is accepted.
 
Resolution 2017-11:  Support for Diamond Key Security
WHEREAS The Internet Society has supported the development of an open design of a Open Source Design Hardware Signing Module under the Cryptech project that started in 2013; and
 
WHEREAS The availability of Cryptech's Open Source Design of a Hardware Signing module bears the promise of an innovative paradigm shift that increases the Trust in the Internet in a manner aligned with the Internet Societies vision; and
 
WHEREAS W. Stuart Jones and Phil Roberts presented the case for a not-for-profit business called Diamond Key Security (The Company) that would support the furtherance of the Cryptech technology; and
 
WHEREAS The Internet Society wants to maintain all options open for a future organizational relation with The Company till after strategic deliberations in Summer 2017;
 
RESOLVED, that the Board grants $380,000 from the non-recurring PIR funds to the Company, led by W. Stuart Jones and Phil Roberts, for the purpose of The Company's establishment and interim operation, furthering the design of a commercially viable Cryptech based hardware signing module that contributes to the increase of the end-users' trust in the Internet and reaching out to the broader Internet community for partnerships, support and collaboration; and
 
FURTHER RESOLVED, that staff, in collaboration with the management of the Company, evaluates the feasibility of the company sustaining and furthering the Cryptech initiative and advises the board why it is important for the Internet Society to contribute, and keep the Board abreast of these investigations.
 
Resolution 2017-12: Approve Consent Agenda
RESOLVED, that the following items contained in the Consent Agenda were approved:
 
Resolution 2017-13: Approve the minutes of the 135th Board meeting
RESOLVED, that the minutes of the 135th meeting of the Board of Trustees, held on March 6-7, 2017 by video conference are approved.
 
Resolution 2017-14: Adopt revised Procedure for the Conduct of Meetings
RESOLVED that the revised Procedure for the Conduct of Meetings of the board is adopted as presented.
 
Resolution 2017-15: Adopt Trustee Payment Disclosure Policy
RESOLVED, that the Trustee Payment Disclosure Policy, as presented, is adopted by the Board.
 
Trustee Payment Disclosure Policy
 
The Internet Society’s Conflict of Interest Policy and Board and Officer Code of Ethics demonstrate the commitment of the Board of Trustees to observing the highest ethical standards, complying with all applicable laws, and maintaining ISOC’s reputation as a respected corporate citizen.
 
As an additional commitment to transparent governance, members of the board also agree to disclose payments, reimbursements or expense sponsorships (“funding”) from the Internet Society for any activity that is not directly related to attending meetings of the board.
 
Any Trustee receiving such unrelated funding from the Internet Society shall disclose to the board, via email, the type of funding (e.g. reimbursement for travel and accommodation to speak at a conference as an ISOC Trustee) and the rationale for funding (e.g.  expert knowledge of the conference subject matter) at the time he or she requests funding.
 
Trustees need not disclose expense sponsorship for activities with nominal value, such as attendance at an ISOC dinner or reception which is co-located with a conference the Trustee is attending at his or her own expense.
 
Resolution 2017-16: Recognition of outgoing PIR Board member
RESOLVED, that the ISOC Board of Trustees extends its gratitude to Art Reilly for his service on the PIR Board of Directors from 2011 to 2017.
 
Resolution 2017-17: Accept the Elections Committee Report.
RESOLVED that the report of the 2017 Elections Committee is accepted.
 
Resolution 2017-18: Accept the Governance Committee Report.
RESOLVED that the report of the Governance Committee is accepted.
 
Resolution 2017-19: Accept the 2016 Independent Auditors Report.
RESOLVED, that the 2016 Independent Auditors Report is accepted, in reliance on the PIR 2016 Independent Auditors Report as accepted by the PIR Board on April 25, 2017.
 
Resolution 2017-20: Accept the Audit Committee Report.
RESOLVED that the report of the 2017 Audit Committee is accepted.
 
Resolution 2017-21: Chapters Advisory Council proposal on selecting chapter participants for ISOC delegations
WHEREAS the ISOC Chapters Advisory Council has submitted a proposal to the Board of Trustees for greater transparency in the process of selecting chapter participants for ISOC delegations and programmes; and
WHEREAS the Board supports transparent processes for member and chapter participation in delegations and programmes whenever they advance ISOC’s mission of preserving the open, global Internet; and
WHEREAS the Board also recognizes that, in some instances, the names of applicants and selection committee members should remain confidential for the privacy of the applicants or the integrity of the processes; and
WHEREAS the Board requested that staff study the Chapters Advisory Council proposals and make recommendations on implementing those proposals that advance the ISOC mission without compromising the privacy of applicants or the integrity of the processes;
RESOLVED, that the Board approves the staff recommendations and asks that these be implemented; and
FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board asks staff to share details of these recommendations with the Chapters Advisory Council.
 
Resolution 2017-22: Chapters Advisory Council proposal on making all prospective candidate names public in ISOC's general elections
WHEREAS the ISOC Chapters Advisory Council has submitted a proposal to the Board of Trustees for greater transparency in ISOC's general elections; and
WHEREAS this year's Nominations Committee has identified the need to review the Nomcom process, including the question of which prospective candidate names should be made public;
RESOLVED, that the board will review the Nomcom process, including but not limited to how to attract a more diverse pool of nominations, which prospective candidate names should be made public, and best practice and working methods for the Nominations Committee.
 
Resolution 2017-23: Chapters Advisory Council proposal on ISOC improving support for Chapters
WHEREAS the ISOC Chapters Advisory Council has submitted a proposal to the Board of Trustees for improvement of support for Chapters; and
WHEREAS the Board recognizes that support from ISOC, as well as other sources, is important to the sustainability of ISOC Chapters and the funding of local activities that further ISOC’s mission and objectives; and
WHEREAS the Board has recently demonstrated support for chapters by increasing direct funding by 139% and indirect funding by 217% since 2015, including an additional USD 520,000 in 2017 for chapter re-branding and outreach activities related to ISOC’s 25th anniversary; and
WHEREAS the Board requested that staff review the Chapters Advisory Council proposal and recommend additional ways to increase support for chapters;
RESOLVED, that the Board approves the staff recommendations and asks that these be implemented; and
FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board asks staff to share details of these recommendations with the Chapters Advisory Council.
 
Resolution 2017-24:  Accept and convey actionable items for the 2017-2018 Board of Trustees.
RESOLVED, The Board of Trustees accepts as accurate the following Summary of Agreed Board Actionable Items; and
FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board of Trustees conveys this Summary of Agreed Board Actionable Items to the 2017-2018 Board of Trustees.
 
Summary of Agreed Board Action Items
 
At the close of each Internet Society board year, the outgoing Board of Trustees conveys to the incoming board a list of priorities which, based on its knowledge and experience, are crucial for the continued success of the organization.
 
Now at the close of its term, the 2016-2017 board conveys the following priorities to the 2017-2018 board:
 
I.   Continue support for the 2017 Internet Society Action Plan, including the strategic objectives of Access, Trust, strengthening the IETF, and strengthening ISOC (“ISOC Strong”);
 
II.  Continue support for Board-approved initiatives in the areas of ISOC technology improvements, positioning and branding, website redesign and curation, and Beyond the Net grants; and,
 
III. Continue to develop these projects begun in 2016-2017:
* Fully integrate the Online Trust Alliance as an initiative to improve trust and broaden the Internet 
Society's reach;
* Leverage the findings of the Internet Futures report to inform policy debates and engage users;
* Celebrate the 25th anniversary, and use related events and campaigns to increase awareness about the Internet Society; and
* Continue board deliberations on the Future of ISOC to further define the scope of the Society's work, and ensure that its resources are put to the most effective use.
 
Resolution 2017-25:  Supplemental funding for ISOC website redesign
RESOLVED, that the Board approves supplemental funding for ISOC website redesign using non-recurring PIR funds.
 
Resolution 2017-26: Accept the Finance Committee Report.
RESOLVED that the report of the Finance Committee is accepted.
 
Resolution 2017-27: Allocating the 2016 budget surplus
RESOLVED: that the Board acknowledges that a surplus of $420,000 remains from the 2016 ISOC budget, and agrees with the recommendation of staff that these funds should be earmarked for the Beyond the Net funding program.