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(23) Internet Society - Belgium

21 September 2004

Application for "At-Large Structure" (ALS) Designation
Internet Society - Belgium

Contact Information

  1. Organization's Name: Internet Society - Belgium
  2. Organization's email address:
  3. Organization's phone number (include country/city codes): +32 9 329 39 16
  4. Organization's address (location and postal address, if different):
    Dendermondesteenweg 143
  5. Organization's website (URL) (if available):
  6. Organization's contact for ALS application (email, phone, address):
    Dendermondesteenweg 143
    +32 475 281632


  1. Is your organization constituted so that participation by individual Internet users who are citizens or residents of countries within the Geographic Region in which your organization is based will predominate in your organization's operation?
    Membership in ISOC Belgium is open for individuals as well as for organisations. There is no limitation regarding the geographic location of the member, except that, if the member wants to be active in ISOC Belgium, a link with the social or economic live in Belgium is requested.
  2. Describe your organization's constituents/membership (number, citizenship/location, defining characteristic - e.g. profession for professional societies):
    ISOC Belgium currently has 42 members (individuals) and 1 organisational member (others are signing in next month).
  3. Explain the eligibility requirements (if any) for your organization's constituents/membership (if you provide a written application for admission as a member, you may attach a copy):
    There are no formal eligibility requirements, apart from being member of the global ISOC. Membership applications have to be granted by the ISOC Belgium executive board.
  4. In what language/s does your organization conduct its business?
    Dutch, French, English and if needed German (Greek is also possible on request).
  5. Provide support for the statement that your organization is self-supporting (by answering "yes" you confirm that it will not rely on ICANN for funding):
  6. Describe your organization's structure (e.g. governing and decision-making bodies and processes):
    ISOC Belgium is a Chartered Chapter of the Internet Society. At this very moment, the organisation is in transit phase and will be registered as VZW (non-profit organisation) under Belgian Law.
  7. Does your organization commit to supporting its individual constituents'/membership's informed participation in ICANN?
  8. Describe how your organization keeps its constituents/membership informed about, and enables them to participate in, decisions regarding issues of interest:
    Email list, newsletters, website, conferences and public debates. Participation in government activities and events
  9. Does your organization post on the Internet publicly-accessible, current information about your organization's goals, structure, description of constituent group(s)/membership, working mechanisms, leadership, and contact(s) (if this information currently is available, provide URLs)?
    Yes. <>
  10. Provide information on your organization's leadership (leaders' names, positions, emails):
    Chair : Rudi Vansnick
    Vice-chair : Gilbert Bentein
    Secretary : Godelieve Viane


  1. What is your organization's primary goal or mission (please attach any mission or policy statement for your organization, if in writing, or provide a URL, if posted):
    We provide a forum to the Internet user community.
    We serve the Society's purposes by serving the interests of a segment of the global Internet community through a local presence, focus on local issues and developments, and use of local languages.
  2. What ICANN-related issues currently are of interest to your organization's constituents/membership:
    All domain name related issues, especially the UDRP regulated by law (CEPINA), but also all issues related to public security, web accessibility for every citizen.
  3. If formed, will your organization commit to assisting the Regional At-Large Organization (RALO) for the region in which your organization is based in performing its function?


Rudi Vansnick, Chairman.

Step VII - Certified as At-Large Structure