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

20 January 2004
Executive Committee Meeting Minutes

Committee: Executive Committee of BoT
Document: excom-04-001
Revision:
Supersedes:
Status: Unconfirmed
Maintainer: Minutes taken by S. Bradner.
Access: Unrestricted

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

Apologies were received from Latif Ladid.

The ISOC ExCom met from 11:06 am to 12:57 pm (EST) January 20, 2004 via conference call.

November 2003 Financials
Lynn St. Amour reported that the ISOC end of year asset balance was forecasted to be about $800K. The financials and the schedule for the audit will be available soon. She also noted that PIR was working on deciding what auditing firm they will be contracting with.

INET’04 Update
Lynn St. Amour reported from Barcelona (the site of INET 04) that the program committee is meeting this week. She reported that things are going quite well and that a recent press conference was well attended and that a final program will be published in early February.

NDSS
Pre registration is quite low, quite a bit lower than last year. There will be a postmortem after the conference to figure out if there is something that could be done to improve things for next year. Lynn noted that the NDSS Conf. Comm. is working hard to increase attendance but that the conference has always been one with a narrow focus and is not a general security conference.

Elections Update
Pindar reported that there were currently 14 nominations for the board with more expected. The nominations committee will have a conference call this week to start the review process. Glenn reported that the process of certifying the chapters was proceeding as was the Org. member certification.

ISOC NomCom Update
Glenn reported that the elections process was on schedule.

PIR update
Lynn St. Amour reported that the new PIR board was getting up to speed quite quickly. She reported that the PIR Board meeting approved a budget that provided for the level of funds to the ISOC that correspond to the ISOC’s budget. She noted that the PIR budget is likely a conservative one in that it shows little revenue growth, includes a small advertising fund and contingency funds to cover the possibility that PIR’s request to be recognized as a non-profit corporation for tax purposes was not accepted.

IETF Restructuring Update
Lynn reported that Harald and Leslie were continuing on the IETF restructuring process. She reported that Leslie’s report to the IETF community said that an Internet Draft will be published before the Internet Draft cutoff for the upcoming IETF meeting in Seoul Korea and that there would be a discussion on the reorganization during the meeting as well as on lists before the meeting.

WSIS
Steve mentioned that much of the effort in WSIS is government-driven so that ISOC efforts to educate people in conjunction with WSIS need to focus on educating government policy makers. Lynn reported that she was working with several board members and Mike Nelson and others on planning the ISOC activities in this area over the next year. She noted that the ITU was organizing a workshop in February but on Internet Governance and that she was sure that ISOC was going to be invited to participate.

Secretary’s note: The ISOC has since received the invitation from the ITU as well as an invitation to participate in a Global Forum organized by the United Nations Information and Communication Technologies Task Force in response to the Plan of Action adopted at the Geneva phase of WSIS requesting the United Nations Secretary-General “to set up a working group on Internet governance”.

Lynn and Steve also discussed ways for the ISOC to work with ICANN. They mentioned a number of upcoming workshops as examples of good ways. In addition, Lynn is to get in touch with Paul Twoomey to progress these activities as well as to further discuss the ALAC situation.