[AfrICANN-discuss] Call for Community Volunteers for IDN Variant TLD Case Study Teams

Anne-Rachel Inné annerachel at gmail.com
Thu Apr 21 11:21:08 SAST 2011


Call for Community Volunteers for IDN Variant TLD Case Study Teams

20 April 2011

The delegation and management of variant TLDs remains an important issue.
The ICANN community seeks to develop solutions to enable the delegation of
Variant TLDs for the benefit of users around the world.

After consultation with the community, today ICANN outlines its approach to
move forward by publishing the Final Proposal for the IDN Variant TLDs
Issues Project<http://www.icann.org/en/topics/new-gtlds/idn-variant-tlds-delegation-20apr11-en.pdf>[PDF,
195 KB] and the Call
for Volunteers<http://www.icann.org/en/topics/new-gtlds/idn-variant-tlds-call-for-volunteers-case-study-teams-20apr11-en.pdf>[PDF,
112 KB].

The Project will undertake work to identify issues associated with the
beneficial and safe delegation of IDN variant TLDs through six case studies
include the following scripts: Arabic, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified),
Cyrillic, Devanagari, Greek, and Latin.

Each team will be comprised of the following: team coordinator, community
representatives, linguistic experts, DNS and IDNA experts, security &
scalability experts, policy experts, and registry/registrar operations
experts. The call for volunteer document describes the details of expertise
needed, as well as the volunteer selection process.

Successful completion of the project depends on having team members with the
right skills in each of the six case studies to perform the substantive
work. Therefore ICANN, through its supporting organizations and advisory
committees, and through its contacts with the international Internet
community, is soliciting the participation of community volunteers in each
of the six case study teams.

Interested experts are invited to submit their résumé and an expression of
interest statement demonstrating how they meet the qualifications for one or
other of the expertise areas in a specific case study. Applications should
be sent to idnvarianttlds at icann.org no later than 19 May 2011.

Additionally, ICANN would welcome proposals from organizations interested in
volunteering to provide local host facilities to each of the six IDN Variant
Issues Project case study teams. Local host organizations are expected to
provide meeting and other facilities to support the case studies work.
However, it should be emphasized that it is not necessary to have a local
host organization for a case study to proceed. Interested organizations
should send an expression of interest to idnvarianttlds at icann.org no later
than 19 May 2011.
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