OP3FT USA is the local branch of the OP3FT that is in the process of being created in the United States.
OP3FT USA will be responsible, in relation with and under the control of the OP3FT, and in compliance with local laws, for promoting, protecting, and ensuring the progress of the Frogans technology in the form of an open standard for the Internet, available to all, free of charge.
OP3FT USA can participate in the drawing up of technical specifications of the Frogans technology, in the development of software implementations, as well as in the drafting of policies. OP3FT USA ensures that the Frogans technology is well-suited to specific local characteristics, and its work is carried out by a local team.
In order to ensure proximity with major Internet stakeholders, OP3FT USA will be based in Washington D.C.
How you can get involved
- To provide your input or help for the creation of OP3FT USA, contact Jérôme DELACROIX : jerome (dot) delacroix (at) op3ft (dot) org
- To keep abreast of announcements and other news relating to the Frogans technology, subscribe to the Announcement mailing list
What has been accomplished so far
- Presentations of the Frogans technology given to key American players in the industry, such as AT&T, Cisco, Apple, Microsoft, Google and Adobe, in the early stages of the Frogans project.
- Preparatory work, under the responsibility of Jérôme Delacroix, Head of local branch development of the OP3FT, with a view to set up OP3FT USA. This work included research as well as consultations with American lawyers for drawing up a framework for long-term cooperation between the OP3FT and OP3FT USA.
- Presentations of the Frogans technology organized by Internet Public Policy expert Khaled Koubaa in the USA. For example, presentations were given to: Vint Cerf and Steve Crocker, two founding fathers of the Internet; Eric Burger, author of numerous technical specifications of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF); the Internet Society (ISOC); Public Interest Registry (PIR); i2Coalition; Cloudflare; AT&T; and the World Bank.
- Presentations on the Frogans technology given at official events of major technological and business organizations. For example, at the Internet2 Global Summit 2018:
- presentation of the Frogans technology during the summit; presentation available here;
- engagement and discussion with the technical and university communities.
- Continuous engagement with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the multistakeholder group and nonprofit organization based in the United States notably responsible for the global coordination of the Domain Name System (DNS):
- gTLD Registry Agreement with ICANN for the .frogans TLD, whose objective is to ensure the security, stability, and reliability required for Frogans as a medium running on top of the Internet, for the benefit of all Internet users;
- business case published by ICANN on the .frogans gTLD available here: A4 or US Letter formats;
- presentations on the Frogans technology to ICANN bodies, including the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC); presentation available here;
- presentations on the Frogans technology during ICANN official meetings, including during panel sessions; latest presentation available here.
- Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Forum, a leading dispute-resolution service provider based in the United States. As part of this MoU, Forum is approved as a dispute-resolution service provider for the resolution of disputes regarding Frogans addresses.
- Review, approval and publication of the 'leaptofrogans' URI (Uniform Resource Identifier) scheme as RFC 8589 by the IETF. This URI scheme has also been registered by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) with the Permanent status.
- Participation in meetings held by major technological and business organizations, including the International Trademark Association (INTA), such as INTA 137 in San Diego in May 2015 and INTA 138 in Orlando in May 2016; latest presentation available here.
Frogans is a new medium for publishing content and services on the Internet in the form of Frogans sites. From a technical standpoint, this medium is designed as a new generic software layer running on top of the original Internet infrastructure, alongside other existing layers such as E-mail or the World Wide Web.
Position of Frogans as a medium on the Internet:
Frogans as a medium is intended to be complementary to the World Wide Web, and not to replace it. This is analogous to instant messaging, which was not intended to and did not replace E-mail as a medium for exchanging messages on the Internet.
Compared to the World Wide Web, the new medium is intended to suggest publishing content and services which involve visual rather than text-based communication, focused content rather than long pages, and natural interaction rather than complex user interfaces.
Frogans sites can be used to publish any kind of content and services.
For further information, see the official Web site of the Frogans technology.
Last update: July 12, 2021.
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