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Minutes of the ISOC Phila. Area Chapter Meeting of May 29, 2008


Tom Durham/Secretary


A meeting of the Internet Society Philadelphia Area Chapter was held at the Metropolitan Career Center (MCC) Computer Technology Institute, 100 South Broad Street, Suite 830, Philadelphia, and at Afilias USA, 300 Welsh Road, Suite 105, Building 3, Horsham, on Thursday, 29 May 2008, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Refreshments were served.


MCC: Mara Lipschutz, Michael Politz, and Andre Williams

Horsham: Heather Read, Tom Durham, and Michael Flanagan


1. Welcome – Mara Lipschutz, Chapter President

2. Presentation: Update on ISOC International News– Tom Durham, Chapter Secretary

3. Presentation: Nominations and Elections – Heather Read, Nominating Committee Chair

2. Presentation: “It’s About Me!” – Michael Flanagan, guest

3. Old Business – Mara (leader)

6. Closing Remarks – Mara

Main Presentation:

1. Welcome

Mara Lipschutz called the meeting to order. She asked everyone in both locations to introduce themselves, then introduced Tom Durham and his presentation.

2. Presentation 1: Update on ISOC International News

Tom explained that his reason for presenting this program was because Mara and he, as delegates, receive substantial amounts of correspondence from ISOC headquarters and other chapters around the world, much of which should be shared with chapter membership in the interest of keeping it abreast of ISOC happenings. Some of the information is administrative in nature only but much of it is news-oriented.

Tom covered several examples of the types of information he receives:

  • Stories about the Internet and developing countries. Only 20% of the world has Internet access today, with Africa being in the worse straits with only 5% of its population connected. People are working to improve this situation, and ISOC is actively involved.

  • Sphere Project at ISOC, which is a program designed to improve relationships between ISOC chapters, and between chapters and international ISOC.

  • Notice of a new Disability Project Coordinator, Arnoud van Wijk, ( at ISOC headquarters. Arnoud comes to ISOC with a wealth of experience in this area and is already working with a number of chapters to help improve accessibility for persons with disabilities.

  • ISOC Newsletter is available to all chapter members. Tom asked that any submissions for the newsletter come through him at Any newsworthy items, announcements, activities, and human interest stories are welcome.

  • Interesting stories about political struggles and their impact on the Internet in countries around the world. Many countries face censorship of the Internet even today.

  • Notice of new chapters being formed and discussions about struggling chapters trying to rejuvenate themselves.

  • One Web Day (September 22, 2008) and 100 One Web Day Stories. This day is scheduled to celebrate the worldwide web. Details on the 100 One Web Days are at . ISCO HQ is looking for stories of people whose lives have been impacted or changed by the Internet. They will feature these stories at in a ‘count-down’ for 100 days prior to 9/22/08.

A complete copy of Tom’s overheads can be found on the website.
3. Presentation 2: Nominations and Elections

Mara thanked Tom for his presentation and introduced Heather Read, Chair of the Nominations Committee.

Heather began her presentation with an explanation that our bylaws currently state that the appointed officers (from the beginning days of the chapter) should serve only six months, and we’re past that date now. She also said she distributed a draft of a new nominations process last week for approval by the board of directors.

The new nominations process suggests that nominations begin in June, elections are held in July (either before the meeting or at the meeting), and all new officers be installed at the July general membership meeting.

Two at-large board of directors positions are to filled with this election. Three other board positions are held permanently by chapter founders Afilias and MCC, as stated in the chapter bylaws.

All four officers – President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer – are up for election. In addition, the following positions must be filled: the Executive Committee, which is made up of the elected officers, committee chairs (also must be elected), and three at-large chapter members (also to be elected).

Nominations must be received by June 30th. Notice of candidates must be posted (via website or email) at least two weeks prior to the election. Candidates should be open to receive questions from members, and candidates are to be presented to members (two minute presentation limit) at the opening of the July meeting, or some other time prior to the election.

The general election will then be confirmed by a majority vote either by ballot or by electronic vote.

An elected chapter official can be terminated if the general membership or officers can show that a person has violated the bylaws or the chapter’s mission, the board approves the termination unanimously, and (in the case of appointees) the Board receives approval from the founding organizations in writing.

Reappointment is required for all appointed members to the board and the suggested time frame is within five business days. For at-large members, there will be an immediate call for nominations, followed by a special election. For officers, the Executive Committee will appoint a replacement. Committee chairs can be reappointed by the committees. Members-at-large will not be replaced until the next election.

The next steps are as follows:

  • Approve process

  • Post nomination form and issue call for nominations

  • Hold elections in July

A complete copy of Heather’s overheads can be found on the website.
4. Presentation 3: It’s About .ME!

Following a ‘thank you’ to Heather, Mara introduced the guest speaker, Michael Flanagan. Michael is an Account Manager at Afilias and is responsible for the new domain, .ME.

Michael first gave an overview of Afilias and then explained that .ME is the new country code for Montenegro. .ME incorporates the CG.YU sub-domain, formerly Crna Gora, a regional code in former Yugoslavia. For the new domain, CG.YU registrants are given the first choice of domain names in .ME. The government of Montenegro is the domain authority and responsibility for the registry was assigned via competitive bid. .ME proceeds will go toward advancing use of the Internet in Montenegro.

The domain is operated by doMEn, d. o. o., a partnership of Me-Net (Montenegro), Afilias (Ireland), and GoDaddy (USA). There are open second level registrations for the general public, Michael explained.

As one might imagine, there are great opportunities for personalized names, actions, and social networking with the .ME domain, many of which are still available. For example, names such as, or, or may still be available.

Michael noted the following important dates:

  • May 1 : Montenegrin Sunrise - Montenegrin trademarks were 1st

  • May 6 - May 20: General Sunrise - Global trademarks became eligible

  • June 6 - June 26 : Land Rush

  • July 17 : Open Registration

Most major registrars offer are going to offer .ME. Applications are being accepted for second level domains. For applications reviewed and processed after June 26

  • Single applications will be allocated via batch processing

  • Multiple applications for the same name will compete in auctions to follow the Sunrise auctions.

The minimum term is for two2 years.

Open registrations for .ME begin July 17th. They will be first come, first served, live registrations. Anyone is welcome to apply for their .ME name at this time.

Some important things to note that Michael mentioned are:

  • There is a list of popular first names, verbs, etc. reserved from Sunrise and Landrush.

  • The list is available at: .

  • Reserved names may be made available later via a special process (including auction).

.ME is a chance to express your individuality. More information is available at:

A complete copy of Michael’s overheads can be found on the website.

5. Old Business

Mara thanked Michael for his interesting presentation and moved on to the business portion of the meeting.

The first order of business was a discussion of the status of a chapter project for 2008. Mara stated that we had agreed at the last meeting that any project we selected needed to be in line with our chapter and ISOC purpose, and “education oriented”.

Tom asked for an update on Wireless Philadelphia before Mara started on the other items.

Wireless Philadelphia Status

Mara explained that the city has not yet found an organization that wants to complete the project (EarthLink was the original contractor and they have pulled out.) EarthLink has installed a number of towers around the city already and will be transferring those to the succeeding contractor.

MCC, in its partnership role with Wireless Philadelphia, will continue to distribute 150 laptops. When the new contractor is found, all participants will get wireless Internet access through the new provider.

Heather asked if this should be disseminated to ISOC Global. Mara said she is not sure if that is something that should be done yet.

Mara then returned to the subject of the status of choosing a project for the chapter to work on this year.

Project Characteristics

Mara said that our last meeting, those in attendance agreed that our project should be:

  • Consistent with ISOC’s principles and goals

  • Education-oriented

Possible Project Ideas From Our Last Meeting

Mara asked for a restatement of the projects we had considered as possibilities at the last meeting. Tom gave the following readout on them:

Potential Project #1: Working with the IETF

Potential Project #2: Working with Wireless Philadelphia

Potential Project #3: Educating Internet Users on Security

Potential Project #4: Do Something With the Philadelphia Area School Systems

Potential Project #5: Connecting With Another Country

Potential Project #6: Educating the Elderly on the Internet

Potential Project #7: Working with Other Chapters to Help Educate Us

Potential Project #8: Working with Local Colleges with Projects in Place

Potential Project #9: Working with AITP (Association of Information Technology Professionals)

Heather said that any educational project that we decide to undertake must be done in person or as a webcast for it to be successful. The other attendees agreed. In addition to performing a service for the Internet community, we also should be aware of increasing our membership by getting others involved.


As an idea to increase membership and interest in ISOC and our chapter, Michael Politz suggested a “Happy Hour” at a local bowling alley. There are generally lots of young people there, including students, and it would be a good place to get people interested. He suggested a location in Northern Liberty, at 2nd and Poplar. Michael will contact Membership Committee chair, Andy Grunde, and discuss the idea with him.

Heather suggested contacting the corporations in the greater Philadelphia area to see if they might be interested in becoming organizational members of ISOC. A good company to start with, and one who has shown interest in our local chapter, is Comcast. They are typically a great corporate citizen. These companies are also a good place to find speakers for our meetings. We could create a list of employees in these companies who would be interested, and qualified, to present at our chapter meetings.

The idea was also discussed of finding people within our chapter who have stories that fit the criteria for 100 Stories for One Web Day.

Mara then summarized the ideas for the meeting attendees:

1. Hold some kind of “social event” to stimulate interest in our chapter.

2. Get people listed in a directory for our speakers bureau.

3. Form our own stories as the ISOC Philadelphia Chapter, for One Web Day.

4. Other Chapter Business

Mara asked if there was any further business. No response was given.

5. What’s Ahead

The next meeting is scheduled for July 31, 2008. It will again be held at both the MCC location and at the Afilias offices. It will begin at 6:00 p.m. and conclude at 7:30 p.m. Speaker and agenda to be announced at a later date.

6. Closing Remarks

There being no further business to discuss, Mara concluded the meeting.

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