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
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)