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[ga] ICANN Announces Important Milestones in Making the Internet More Accessible to All

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  • From: Glen de Saint Géry <Glen@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 5 Oct 2009 05:21:29 -0700

ICANN Announces Important Milestones in Making the Internet More Accessible to 


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ICANN Announces Important Milestones in Making the Internet More Accessible to 

4 October 2009
In the past several days, ICANN has announced recent milestones regarding 
changes in how the Internet community will use the Internet in the near future. 
These important developments include the plan for deployment of 
Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) in the next few months and significant 
progress in developing the model for delegating new generic top-level domains 

Proposed Final Implementation Plan: IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process

ICANN is pleased to announce the public posting of the Proposed Final 
Implementation Plan for the IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process.

The IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process is an important step at making the Internet 
equally accessible for everyone. It will enable the introduction of a limited 
number of internationalized country-code top level domain names (IDN ccTLDs). 
As noted by ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom, once implemented, this will be the first 
time that users can obtain a domain name with the entire string in characters 
other than ASCII (or Latin) characters, "this is one of the most exciting 
developments for the users of the Internet globally in years. IDNs will enable 
the people the world over to use domain name addresses in their own language." 
The process will be available to all countries and territories where the 
official language is based on scripts other than the Latin (extended) script. 
IDNs, like the Affirmation of Commitments announced last week (www.icann.org ) 
are another step towards making the Internet more truly global to achieve our 
goal of "one world, one Internet, everyone connected."

The proposed final plan is scheduled for ICANN Board consideration at the ICANN 
meeting in Seoul, Korea, 26-30 October 2009.

The proposed launch date for the IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process is 16 November 

ICANN is looking forward to feedback on the final plan in the public comment 
forum designated for that purpose.

The proposed final plan has been developed based on responses to community 
comments and discussions. See the latest status update at: 

Responding to Public Comment:
Version 3 of New gTLD Applicant Guidebook
A Work In Progress

The latest draft of the Applicant Guidebook that describes the process of 
applying for new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) was released today. New 
gTLDs are expected to bring innovative services and greater choice to Internet 
users through increased competition and engender broad participation through 
the introduction of IDNs and community-based TLDs into the Domain Name System.

In the last three months, the community has joined in extensive collaborative 
efforts on technical, intellectual property, potential for malicious conduct, 
and other matters, with global consultations in New York, Sydney, London, Hong 
Kong and Abu Dhabi.

The Guidebook has been changed significantly. As indicated by ICANN Chief 
Operating Officer, Doug Brent, "this third version of draft guidebook 
represents months of outstanding effort by many in the ICANN community - 
working to resolve the few, challenging remaining issues. This version is being 
released with materials that describe how public comment has influenced the 
changes presented in it." In all, there are over 50 areas of change, clearly 
indicated in the "redline" version of the Guidebook. In addition to specific 
trademark protections (described below) the new Guidebook includes:

•Measures to prevent or mitigate potential for malicious conduct including a 
proposal to create high-security zones; 
•Enhanced stability / security measures, requiring DNSSEC deployment and 
prohibiting use of wildcards; 
•Protecting registrants by taking step to ensure registry viability: defining a 
financial instrument that will ensure ongoing registry operations in the event 
of failure, and specifying certain pre-delegation registry tests; and 
•Enhanced contractual tools through the development of post-delegation dispute 
procedures including one to ensure that community-based TLDs adhere to their 
self-described purpose. 
Like all previous versions, this draft is posted for public comment. It has 
been released prior to the ICANN meeting to be held in Seoul from October 
25-30. During the Seoul meeting ICANN will conduct several sessions to 
facilitate discussion of this version of the Applicant Guidebook and finding 
solutions to the outstanding issues. Information about additional events will 
be available on the Seoul Meeting schedule at: http://sel.icann.org/full-sched.

Trademark Protection Measures – Where to next?

Specific trademark protection mechanisms are still to be decided upon by the 

After receiving trademark protection recommendations from the Implementation 
Recommendation Team and others, taking extensive comment and conducting 
consultation with the broad community, ICANN has drafted a set of 
implementation recommendations related to intellectual property protections for 
the new gTLD program. Additional rights protection included in the Guidebook 
are the:

•requirement to maintain a "thick" Whois database, and 
•specification of a post-delegation dispute procedure so that trademark holders 
can lodge complaints of abusive behavior against registries when merited. 
For other proposed rights protection mechanisms, the Board is providing the 
Generic Names Supporting Organization (the policy organization that developed 
the new gTLDs policy) with the opportunity to offer focused input on this 
specific area of the proposed implementation plan that is being published now. 
Those proposed rights protection mechanisms are:

•The creation of an IP Clearinghouse, which is a database of validated 
trademarks to be utilized by new gTLD registry operators in implementing either 
an IP Claims service or Sunrise process during TLD launch; and 
•The creation of a Uniform Rapid Suspension process for use in clear-cut, 
blatant cases of trademark infringement. 
The community at-large may also comment on these specific issues, and of 
course, any other new gTLD issues through comment fora found on the new gTLD 

The public comment period on these trademark protection solutions will be open 
until 22 November 2009.

Please continue checking the New gTLD program webpage for updates.

Prior to implementation, ICANN will work with the community to address 
remaining issues including: competition, consumer protection, security, 
stability and resiliency, malicious abuse issues, sovereignty concerns, and 
rights protection.

Related links 

New gTLD program webpage: 

Seoul meeting: http://sel.icann.org/ 

Media Contact:

Michele Jourdan
Corporate Affairs
Ph: +1-310-301-5831
E: michele.jourdan@xxxxxxxxx

Glen de Saint Géry
GNSO Secretariat

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