The Internet Society has left the door open for moderation of more of New Zealand's second-level Internet domains; but somebody else will have to do the work.
In an "electronic meeting" last week the ISOCNZ council voted overwhelmingly against a motion to "intervene and make a specific decision to moderate the .ac and .school domains". Only two of the 18 councillors present favoured the motion, with one abstaining.
The meeting was called as a result of concerns raised by a number of Internet users, including ISOCNZ member David Farrar, over the registration of the joke domain proz.ac.nz.
The .ac domain was created for use by tertiary educational institutions, and was informally moderated for some time, but no formal policy exists over who should be allowed to use it.
The council meeting approved a motion to stay with the status quo, but which declared it would be "happy to consider an approach from a community of interest to moderate .ac and .school provided that approach follows the process outlined in the policy."
Farrar, describing the council's vote as "both a wrong decision and a bad decision", pointed out that in August last year, the council agreed to contact potential moderators of the .govt, .iwi, .cri and .mil domains "but now they refuse to approach any potential moderators at all, instead saying they must approach ISOCNZ and spend all their time writing up a proposal, without even any indication if it would be accepted."
Farrar will now seek support for a special general meeting of ISOCNZ, which will address specific nine specific motions covering issues from domain moderation to putting up DNS registration services (currently run by the ISOCNZ-owned Domainz) for tender. Details of the motions have been posted to the nz.general, nz.org.isocnz, and nz.net.admin newsgroups under the title 'Draft Motions for an ISOCNZ SGM'