[AfrICANN-discuss] Re: From ccNSO - IDN ccTLDs

Anne-Rachel Inné annerachel at gmail.com
Wed Oct 10 23:28:12 SAST 2007

Dear All,

Please send all responses to questions below to Chris Disspain <
ceo at auda.org.au>.

On 10/10/07, Anne-Rachel Inné <annerachel at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear All,
> This letter is from Chris Dispain, Chairman of the ccNSO at ICANN. Please
> share with any ccTLD managers you know. Thanks.
> Dear ccTLD Manager,
> I am writing to you, in my capacity as Chairman of the Country Codeames
> Supporting
> Organisation (ccNSO), about the introduction of ccTLD Internationalised
> Domain Names (IDN
> ccTLDs). The input I am requesting from you is very important and your
> response will be
> much appreciated.
> At the end of this email is a Background and References section that
> provides some
> background information and links to various documents.
> Based on work done by the ccNSO and discussions amongst ccTLD managers in
> all regions
> the ccNSO has taken the first step to launching a Policy Development
> Process to set the
> overall policy for IDN ccTLDs.
> At this stage, the ccNSO is also discussing whether or not to recommend
> that the ICANN
> Board consider a fast track/interim approach under which some IDN ccTLDs
> could be
> delegated while the overall policy is being developed. To help with those
> discussions we need
> to find out the level of interest in your territory and that is why I am
> writing to you.
> While community feedback has encouraged the ccNSO to explore levels of
> interest in a fasttrack/
> interim approach to IDN ccTLDs, this is the first of many steps that would
> have to be
> carefully and successfully taken towards that end and it is generally
> accepted that any
> implementation would have to be in compliance with current policies and
> procedures. Some
> of these that may be relevant are set out in the Background and References
> section below.
> I would be grateful if you would answer the following questions:
> 1. Do you believe that the local community in your territory has a
> pressing need for an
> IDN ccTLD?
> 2. If so, is there yet agreement in your territory on the scripts and the
> string within the
> script(s) for which delegation of an IDN ccTLD would be sought, and could
> you
> indicate which strings and scripts are of interest?
> 3. Do you believe the delegation of an IDN ccTLD under a fast
> track/interim approach
> would be of interest to your community?
> The fast track/interim approach will be discussed by ccTLD managers at the
> ICANN meeting
> in Los Angeles. So, it would be most helpful if you could respond by 26
> October 2007.
> Background and References
> In the Domain Name System, a ccTLD string (like .jp, .uk) has been defined
> to represent the
> name of a country, territory or area of geographical interest, and its
> subdivisions as identified
> in ISO 3166-1, and is represented by 2 US-ASCII characters
> (http://www.iso.org/iso/country_codes/iso_3166_code_lists/english_country_names_and_cod
> e_elements.htm). This method of identification was adopted for use in the
> Internet through
> RFC 920, dated October 1984, and reaffirmed through RFC 1591, dated March
> 1994. All
> ccTLDs in use today are taken directly from the ISO 3166-1 list or from
> the list of
> exceptionally reserved code elements defined by the ISO 3166 Maintenance
> Agency.
> The implementation of IDN ccTLDs introduces the (apparent) use of
> characters outside the
> US-ASCII character set (for example characters in Cyrillic, Chinese,
> Arabic, and other scripts)
> for domain name strings.
> In initial discussions by the ccNSO members, other ccTLD managers and
> Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) a number of policy questions were
> identified and a
> "Questions and Issues Paper" was submitted to the ICANN Board of Directors
> (
> http://www.icann.org/topics/idn/ccnso-gac-issues-report-on-idn-09jul07.pdf).
> It became
> clear that the development of the required policy for IDN ccTLDs to
> resolve the issues raised
> was likely to take a minimum of 2 years. It also became clear that such a
> time frame was a
> major concern for a number of ccTLD managers who have expressed there is a
> pressing need
> for an IDN ccTLD in their territory. Because of this, the concept of a
> fast track/interim
> approach began to be discussed. In those discussions it was thought that
> it might be
> possible to find a method to allow the introduction of a limited number of
> IDN ccTLDs while
> the overall policy was being developed.
> Policies and procedures that may be relevant to the delegation of an IDN
> ccTLD under a fast
> track/interim approach include:
> the IDNA protocol standards (http://icann.org/announcements/announcement-2-
> 11may07.htm);
> RFC 3454 (http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc3454.txt);
> RFC 3490 ( http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc3490);
> RFC 3491 (http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc3491.txt);
> RFC 3492 (http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc3492.txt );
> RFC 1591 and associated procedures for delegation of a country code top
> level domain
> (http://www.isi.edu/in-notes/rfc1591.txt)
> The GAC principles http://gac.icann.org/web/home/ccTLD_Principles.rtf.
> Following consideration of the "Questions and Issues Paper", and
> statements of the GAC and
> ccTLD managers on a fast track/interim approach the ICANN Board has
> requested the ccNSO
> to explore both an interim and an overall approach to IDN ccTLDs
> associated with the ISO
> 3166-1 two-letter codes and to recommend a course of action to the Board
> taking the
> technical limitations and requirements into consideration
> http://www.icann.org/minutes/resolutions-29jun07.htm#m.
> At its meeting on 2 October 2007, the ccNSO Council launched a Policy
> Development Process
> (ccPDP) by requesting a PDP Issues Report and appointing an Issues
> Manager. This ccPDP
> has been launched to develop an overall approach, which includes finding
> solutions for the
> matters raised in the "Questions and Issues Paper".

Anne-Rachel Inne
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