Minutes of the Meetings of the Executive Committee of the Internet Society

15 March 2004
Executive Committee Meeting Minutes

Committee: Executive Committee of BoT
Document: excom-04-0032
Revision:
Supersedes:
Status: Unconfirmed
Maintainer: Minutes taken by S. Bradner.
Access: Unrestricted

Present: Fred Baker (Chair)
Steve Crocker
Latif Ladid
Kees Neggers
Pindar Wong
Lynn St. Amour (President)
Scott Bradner (Secretary).
Lynn DuVal (ISOC Director of Finance)

Regrets were received from Glenn Ricart.

The ISOC ExCom met from 10:02 am to 12:15 pm (EST) March 15, 2004 via conference call.

2003 Year End Financial Update/Audit update
Lynn St. Amour reported that the auditors have reported that the ISOC financials look fine and their final report will be ready in a few weeks. She also reported that the year-end cash balance was about $500K. This is 300k less than projected late last year because 2 platinum members renewed in January instead of December when they were expected and one platinum member has not yet renewed. This is the first positive net asset balance the ISOC has had since 1998. Taking into account the PIR funds, and prepaying the RFC Editor, the final P&L figure is a $646K surplus, nearly $500K higher than the budget. Lynn DuVal reported that the accounts payable had been paid down to about $35K compared to a 2002 year-end balance of $307K.

IETF Restructuring Update
Lynn St. Amour reported that there were a number of meetings on IETF restructuring during the recent IETF meeting. The general feeling was that some restructuring could be useful. She reported that Leslie and Harald talked about the IETF restructuring during the Thursday night plenary meeting. She reported that Leslie and Harald said at the plenary that they were going to update the proposal documents, based on input received, develop a specific implementation proposal and work with ISOC to establish a project to start taking on some coordination and development work. They said that they would continue to provide monthly reports on the IETF mailing list.

PIR update
Lynn St. Amour talked about the PIR structural model and reported that the model was going to be discussed at the upcoming meeting of the PIR Board. She reported that the PIR board may want to discuss possible changes to the model but it was not yet clear what, if any, changes the PIR board may suggest as a result of their discussion. Fred noted that any changes in the model would have to be negotiated between PIR, Afillias and ISOC.

Governance Discussion
Lynn St. Amour reported that she, Rosa and Mirjam went to the ITU Internet governance workshop. The workshop seemed to be generally a rehash of familiar presentations and ideas but a few people requested a clear list be generated of what problems needed to be solved before going forward.

She discussed preparations for the UN Global Forum to be held the end of March. Quite a few ISOC, IETF and traditional Internet people will be attending, including Lynn, Fred Baker, Veni Markovski, Vint Cerf, George Sadowsky, Harald Alvestrand, Leslie Daigle, Don Heath, Mike Nelson, Latif Ladid, Paul Wilson, Axel Pawlik, Ed Juskevicius and Pierre Dandjinou.

Elections Update
Lynn St. Amour reported that the election is now in process and the only problems seen so far are a few bounced email messages that the ISOC staff is following up on. The excomm discussed some problems with the timing of the questions that the elections committee was going to provide to the candidates, the issue being that any such questions should appear before the voting period opens.

Staff/Ops Update
Lynn St. Amour reported that the ISOC staff were reviewing the outage event of the ISOC web site a few weeks ago to make sure that the chances of this happening again are minimized.

Lynn St. Amour reported that the installation of the new Membership & Financial system was going well. She also reported that she is interviewing candidates for the Membership Director Position.

INET’04 Update
Lynn St. Amour reported that registration for INET 04 is now open, that the program is just about finished and it looks quite good.