The Not-for-Profit Operational Concerns Constituency (NPOC) is the home for Not-for-Profit organizations like NGOs, wishing to have a voice in internet governance.

NPOC is part of the Non-Commercial Stakeholders' Group, (NCSG), of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, (ICANN). NPOC was approved by the ICANN Board on June 24th, 2011 at its 41st Meeting in Singapore.

Civil society needs to become as deeply involved in ICANN and internet governance as Not-for-Profit organizations rely on the Internet and Domain Name System (DNS) policies to provide valuable services to their communities. The purpose of the NPOC is to represent the concerns of not-for-profit and non-governmental organizations who have an Internet domain registered.

NPOC focuses on the impact of DNS policies and their effects on the operational readiness and implementation of non-commercial missions and objectives. Not-for-Profit organizations can engage the ICANN community through NPOC, on how proposed and existing policies and initiatives may uniquely impact the operations of not-for-profit and non-governmental organizations and the delivery of their mission-related services.

Such not-for-profit and non-governmental organizational perspectives on operational concerns include domain name registration, expansion of the DNS, fraud and abuse, using the DNS to provide and collect information and serve their members and communities.

What does NPOC stand for?

  • Empowerment: Providing a voice for Not-for-Profit organizations in Internet Governance.

  • Transparency: Ensure the widest possible dissemination of information on Internet policies and operational issues that affect global users of digital communication technologies.

  • Capacity Building: NPOC and its partners create capacities that enable individuals and communities to engage with and to participate in IG.

  • Development and Sustainability: NPOC and its partners create capacities and opportunities that allow as Not-for-Profit organizations to take the fullest advantage of the DNS for community based just economic development.

  • Multi Stakeholderism: NPOC is convinced that a fair and sustained development of the DNS is only possible on the basis of the equal participation and engagement of all its stakeholders and it will do everything in its powers to support the multi stakeholder process within IG and to develop the manifold opportunities that multi stakeholderism that respects the needs and abilities of all involved offer. IG as a multi stakeholder process is only sustainable when it is based on the awareness, knowledge and informed participation of all its stakeholders. IG as an open, legitimate and functioning multi stakeholder process is under threat if it has not a global general awareness about its function and issues at its root.