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[announce] Discussion Draft of Interim Report of IDNC WG for Public Comments

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Discussion Draft of Interim Report of IDNC WG for Public Comments
Public comments open till 25 April 2008

(31 March 2008)

The Draft Report is available here.

This is a first Discussion Draft of the Interim 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.

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.
As indicated in the draft Initial Report the fast track approach
requires two specific mechanisms which are addressed in this report:

A mechanism for the selection of the IDN ccTLD string (See Section 3 of
the report); and
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 25 April via
email to idn-cctld-fast-track@xxxxxxxxxx An archive of all comments
received will be publicly posted at

Glen de Saint Géry
GNSO Secretariat - ICANN

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