[AfrICANN-discuss] Public Comments Requested on Initial Draft Fast-Track Mechanism for Introduction of a Limited Number of IDN ccTLDs

Anne-Rachel Inné annerachel at gmail.com
Sat Feb 2 14:24:46 SAST 2008

Public Comments Requested on Initial Draft Fast-Track Mechanism for
Introduction of a Limited Number of IDN ccTLDs

1 February 2008

*The Introduction of a Limited Number of IDN ccTLDs Under A Fast Track
Draft Initial Report of the IDNC Working
Public Comments reqeusted by 26 February 2008*

This is a first Discussion Draft of the Initial Report of the IDNC Working
Group (IDNC WG). It is published for comment and input from the ICANN
community. This document has not been signed-off on by the IDNC Working
Group whose members will continue to provide their own comments and input
during this consultation period.

The IDNC WG was charted by ICANN's Board to develop and report on feasible
methods, if any, that would enable the introduction, in a timely manner and
in a manner that ensures the continued security and stability of the
Internet, of a limited number of non-contentious IDN ccTLDs, associated with
the ISO 3166-1 two-letter codes (both the official code list of ISO 3166-1
and the list of reserved ISO 3166-1 code elements), while the overall IDN
ccTLD policy is being developed.

The scope of the IDNC WG is limited to developing feasible methods (for the
introduction of a limited number of IDN ccTLDs) that do not pre-empt the
policy outcomes of the IDN cc Policy Development Process (ccPDP) for which
an Issue Report is currently being prepared. In preparing the ccPDP Issue
Report, the Issue Manager will identify policies, procedures, and/or by-laws
that need to be reviewed and, if necessary revised, in connection with the
development and implementation of any IDN ccTLD policy. Further, the Issue
Manager will take into account the joint ccNSO GAC Issues Paper, input from
other ICANN Supporting Organisations and Advisory Committees, public
comments, technical limitations and requirements including the IDNA
Guidelines, and any other matters that the Issue Manager considers to be of

Under the IDNC WG charter, in considering feasible fast track methods, the
IDNC WG must take into account and be guided by:

   - The overarching requirement to preserve the security and stability
   of the DNS;
   - Compliance with the IDNA protocols;
   - Input and advice from the technical community in respect to the
   implementation of IDNs;
   - Current practices for the delegation of ccTLDs.

The fast track approach requires two specific mechanisms which are addressed
in this report:

   1. A mechanism for the selection of the IDN ccTLD string (See Section
   3 of the report); and
   2. A mechanism to designate an IDN ccTLD manager (See Section 4 of the

The purpose of this report is to inform and report to the community on the
topics and issues as identified by the IDNC WG that need to be considered in
developing each of the two mechanisms, and to seek input and comments on
them. This report, and the comments received, will be used to structure and
propose potential mechanisms in the next phase of the fast track (See
Section 5 of the report for the Interim Report Schedule). As stated above,
the outcome of the fast track cannot pre-empt the outcome of the ccPDP. All
of the issues/topics raised regarding the fast track mechanisms also are
being raised under the ccPDP. Thus, the solutions reached for the purposes
of the fast track, out of necessity, have to be as limited as possible.

Comments on this report are encouraged to be submitted by 26 February 2008
via email to idn-cctld-fast-track at icann.org. An archive of all comments
received will be publicly posted at

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