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(58) Medienstadt Leipzig e.V.

18 May 2006

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

Application of the Medienstadt Leipzig e.V. to become an At Large
Structure (ALS) under the ICANN bylaws
Leipzig, April, 24, 2006
Contact information
1. Organization's Name: Medienstadt Leipzig e.V.
2. Organization's email address:
3. Organization's phone number (include country/city codes): *49-341-4978291
4. Organization's address (location and postal address, if different):
Naumburger Str. 28, 04229 Leipzig
5. Organization's website (URL) (if available):
6. Organization's contact for ALS application (email, phone, address):
Wolfgang Kleinwächter,, *49-341-9112460, Haferring
24, 04158 Leipzig
7. 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?
Yes. The Medienstadt Leipzig e.V. is a non for profit organisation
(in German "eingetragener Verein") under German Law (Vereinsrecht). The
Registration Number in the local Vereinsregister is DE 176 109 924 /
LE-Register 95. The Medienstadt Leipzig e.V. operates under a legal
statute (Vereinsstatut). According to its statutes, the Medienstadt
Leipzig e.V. has individual members. Every citizen/resident, who
supports the mission of the e.V., can become a member.
8. Describe your organization's constituents/membership (number,
citizenship/ location, defining characteristic - e.g. profession for
professional societies):
The Medienstadt Leipzig e.V. is a "Bürgerverein" (Civil Society
Organisation). It was established in 1989 as part of the East German
revolution which started in the city of Leipzig. Its mission is to
promote the development of the city of Leipzig towards the "Information
Society". Its main activities are the promotion and initiation of
cultural and scientific projects, related to the Internet and other
media issues. The constituents of the e.V. are mainly engaged citizens,
primarily from the academic sector. The e.V. has about 40 members.
9. 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):
Every individual (citizen or resident) who supports the mission of the
e.V. can become a member. The Board of the e.V. decides with a two third
majority about the membership. The Board is elected for a three years
term by the General Assembly. The Board has five members.
10. In what language/s does your organization conduct its business?
11. 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):
12. Describe your organization's structure (e.g. governing and
decision-making bodies and processes):
The Medienstadt Leipzig is governed by a Board (five members). The Board
is elected by the General Assembly of the e.V. for a term of three years.
13. Does your organization commit to supporting its individual
constituents' /membership's informed participation in ICANN?
Yes. The Medienstadt Leipzig e.V. is involved in the activities of the
ICANN Studienkreis.
14. Describe how your organization keeps its constituents/membership
informed about, and enables them to participate in, decisions regarding
issues of interest:
By encouraging to participate in the events, organized by the e.V.,
mainly in the region.
15. 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)?
The main documents - Statute and annual Tax report - are available
offline. The URL is
16. Provide information on your organization's leadership
(leaders'names, positions, emails):
Actual Board members are:
Prof. Hans Jörg Stiehler, University of Leipzig (Chair),
Prof. Wolfgang Kleinwächter, Director of the NETCOM Institute,
Dr. Herbert Grunau, Media Education,
Rainer Rodewald, Monade GmbH,
Dr. Jürgen Salomon, Senioren in der Informationsgesellschaft e.V.
17. 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):
The mission of the e.V. is to support the transformation of the city of
Leipzig into a "media city" by initiating and developing cultural and
scientific projects. Since the end of the 1990s the Medienstadt Leipzig
e.V. became the main driving force for the development of the Internet
in the city by organising events like the annual Netd@ys and the
Internet-Fiesta (in cooperation with the European Commission). The new
slogan was "Media City Leipzig" in the 21st Century means "Internet City
Leipzig". Part of this string of activities was the establishment of the
ICANN Studienkreis. The 1st ICANN Studienkreis meeting took place in
January 2001 in Leipzig and was organized by the Medienstadt Leipzig
e.V. (five ICANN Directors participated in this meeting which was
supported by DENIC and SWITCH).
18. What ICANN-related issues currently are of interest to your
organization's constituents/membership:
Freedom of expression and Privacy. The Medienstadt Leipzig e.V.
organizes an annual Round Table on the World Press Freedom Day (May,
3rd) and discussed issues like Freedom in Cyberspace and Privacy Protection.
19. 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?
Prof. Wolfgang Kleinwächter, Member of the Board
The Board of the Medienstadt Leipzig e.V. confirmed the application of
its session in April 20,2006 and authorized Prof. Kleinwächter to act on
behalf of the e.V. in all matters related to the At Large Community of
Step VII - Certified as At-Large Structure