[AfrICANN-discuss] Proposed Implementation Plan for Synchronized IDN ccTLDs

Anne-Rachel Inné annerachel at gmail.com
Wed Mar 24 10:19:40 SAST 2010

News Alert

 Proposed Implementation Plan for Synchronized IDN ccTLDs

22 March 2010

ICANN is pleased to announce the public comment period for the proposed
Implementation Plan for Synchronized IDN
440K]. Synchronized IDN ccTLDs are described by situations in the Fast
Track Process where:

   - IDN ccTLDs are requested in more than one official language or script
   in a country/territory,
   - the requests for corresponding multiple strings are considered
   equivalent and delegation would solve a significant problem for Internet
   users, and
   - users accessing domains under any of the equivalent IDN ccTLDs expect
   that such domains will resolve to the same address or value.

If approved by the ICANN Board, the proposed implementation plan and process
will be available for IDN ccTLD requests for synchronized IDN ccTLDs that
have completed the String Evaluation step in the Fast Track Process.

Following successful completion of the evaluation process, the requesters
may initiate delegation of the synchronized IDN ccTLDs by following ICANN's
standard processes for TLD delegation, through the IANA function.

The implementation plan is based on a set of
by the Equivalent Strings Working Group (ES-WG) that was formed
by the ICANN Board
<http://www.icann.org/en/minutes/resolutions-12mar10-en.htm#12>at the
Nairobi meeting. The ES-WG was formed to review the issue relating to
synchronized IDN ccTLDs, and develop a framework to guide development of the
synchronized implementation plan. The ES-WG remains available for
consultation during consideration of this plan.

The Proposed Implementation Plan is posted for public comments through 13
April 2010, after which it will be provided the ICANN Board for their
considerations at their meeting on 22 April 2010.

Comments can be submitted at sync-idn-cctlds at icann.org and reviewed at

General information about ICANN's IDN Program can be found here:

The Final Implementation Plan for the IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process can be
found here: http://www.icann.org/en/topics/idn/fast-track/idn-cctld-implementation-plan-16nov09-en.pdf

The IDNC Final report can be found here:


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