IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process

The IDNC working group, whose formation was approved by the ICANN Board during the ICANN meeting in Los Angeles, finished their recommendations to create a fast track approach to introduce a limited number of IDN ccTLDs. The IDNC working group final report was approved by the ICANN Board during the ICANN Paris meeting, where the ICANN Board also directed ICANN staff to commence implementation of this process.

The fast-track process focuses on meeting a near-term demand and on gaining experience with the implementation of a limited number of IDN ccTLDs associated with the ISO 3166-1 two-letter codes (IDN ccTLDs). In developing their recommendations the IDNC working group paid special attention to:

  • 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

With the approval of the IDNC Final Report by the ICANN Board of Directors, ICANN is now at a transition point, focusing on developing implementable solutions to the IDNC recommendations. This page is intended to be a central location for resources relating to IDN ccTLDs in the Fast Track Process. As this transition from policy development to implementation moves forward, this page will present up-to-date information. Suggestions for other resources and information to be included on this page can be submitted to fast-track-IDN-ccTLDs@icann.org.

The IDNC working group list of members and charter is available at http://ccnso.icann.org/workinggroups/idncwg.htm

News and Announcements

31 May 2009 Fast Track Process Implementation Plan: 3rd Revision
18 February 2009 Public Comment: Fast Track Proposed Solutions
10 February 2009 Governments and Country-Code Managers’ Interest in the Fast Track Process
22 January 2009 IDN Fast Track Process Update
26 November 2008 Update: IDN ccTLD Fast Track Draft Implementation Plan
1 November 2008 IDN ccTLD Fast Track Interest
23 October 2008 Public Comment: IDN ccTLD Fast Track Draft Implementation Plan
2 October 2008 ICANN Seeks Interest in IDN ccTLD Fast-Track Process
15 July 2008 Following the ICANN Board instructions the IDNC final report for fast-track IDN ccTLDs is posted for public comments until 15 August 2008
26 June 2008 The ICANN Board approved the IDNC final report for fast-track IDN ccTLDs, at the Paris ICANN meeting. Staff will continue to work on implementation of the recommendations and operational readiness. (26 June 2008)
22 June 2008 Update of Draft Final Report of IDNC WG on Fast Track Process for IDN ccTLDs Now Available
13 June 2008 Draft Final Report of Recommendations for IDN ccTLD Fast Track Mechanism Made Available
31 March 2008 Discussion Draft of Interim Report of IDNC WG for Public Comments
1 February 2008 Draft Initial Report of IDNC WG for Comment
22 January 2008 Letter to the ICANN Board on gNSO Resolution regarding a fast-track for IDN ccTLDs
5 December 2007 IDN Survey Results
15 October 2007 Resolutions on IDN Issues from Council call 02 October 2007
5 October 2007 Letter to ccTLD Managers about IDN ccTLDs
9 July 2007 ccNSO-GAC Issues Report on IDN Policy Issues
26 June 2007 ISSUES PAPER: Selection of IDN ccTLDs associated with the ISO 3166-1 two letter codes (final version)
19 June 2007 ISSUES PAPER: Selection of IDN ccTLDs associated with the ISO 3166-1 two letter codes (draft version 2)

IDN Meetings and Presentations

A meetings calendar with IDN related meetings are available here: http://www.icann.org/en/topics/idn/meetings.htm. Presentations specific to the IDN ccTLD fast-track process are posted in the following:

  • 28 August 2008: Internet Festival, Hammamet, Tunis, IDN Overview and Update, by Baher Esmat (ICANN, Manager, Regional Relations, Middle East)

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