Posts Tagged ‘ICANN Meeting’

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 [PDF, 897K]. 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 […]

IDN and gTLD introductory sessions video

During the Cairo meeting in, ICANN together with produced a number of videos covering the main sessions and topics, with each video fronted by a member of either the staff or a chair of the relevant supporting organization or advisory committee.

You can find all of those videos posted on the Cairo site at, and we also post ICANN videos on the main site under the main tab “Videos”.

This video features two of ICANN’s project managers – Tina Dam and IDNs, and Karla Valente and new gTLDs – talking about the sessions they were due to run on the first day of the conference where introductions were given to their two topic areas.

IDN Response and summary to the Cairo public forum

This is a Response and Summary to the Cairo public forum that took place on 6 November 2008.

A PDF version of this document is available at:

Note from the Chairman:

One of the most significant features of ICANN meetings is the Public Forum, where members of the ICANN community are able to present their views on issues of concern to them to the ICANN Board, in public session. The fact that we rotate meetings through each of the geographic sectors of the world enhances the opportunity that people from every region to present their views to the ICANN Board, in the presence of Staff and the whole ICANN community.

As a long-time participant from the floor presenting views, in my case from the ccTLD community, I am well aware of the time, effort and expense that goes into the preparation of such statements. As a board member, I have valued hearing those submissions, from individuals, governments and constituencies. I am determined as Chair to continue this tradition, and to maximise the opportunities for information sharing it represents.

ICANN Cairo Meeting IDN Presentations

IDNs – An Overview (English) Sun 02 Nov 2008 What it is | At this session ICANN Staff will give an introduction to internationalised domain names (IDNs). The session should cover basic concepts as well as technical rules to be followed if an IDN is considered for future New gTLD applications. Internationalized Domain Names – A […]

ICANN Concludes Successful 33rd Meeting in Cairo

CAIRO, EGYPT: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) concluded its 33rd International Public Meeting in Cairo today. During the meeting, key issues that will influence the future development of the Internet were discussed by more than 1,000 delegates from 144 countries, including the introduction of new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) and […]

ICANN’s 33rd International Meeting Arrives In Cairo

Cairo, Egypt: Further progress towards the implementation of new generic Top Level Domains and the global expansion of the domain name system is expected this week, as ICANN opens its 33rd International meeting in Cairo. Over 1,000 delegates from around the world have gathered for the meeting, which is being opened by Dr. Tarek Mohamed […]

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Regional Meeting

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Regional Meeting started today at Grand Hyatt in Dubai and will continue for three days, until the 3rd of April. The Meeting is co-hosted by the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA).

The Meeting commenced with three keynote addresses delivered by Mohamed Al Ghanim, TRA Board Member and Director General, followed by Dr. Paul Twomey, ICANN President and CEO, and Mr. Talal Abu Ghazaleh, Chairman & CEO of Talal Abu Ghazaleh Organization (TAGOrg). The first session was concluded with a presentation by Mr. Mohammad Al-Zarooni, Chief Technology Officer at the TRA.

The first day included many presentations and discussions on ICANN Multi-Stakeholder Models, the IDN (Internationalized Domain Name) General Overview and Initial Protocol Revision Effects, and Writing Domain Names in Different Arabic Script Based Languages – Language vs. Script; where it was concluded with a day summary and closing remarks.

To this end, Mohamed Al Ghanim welcomed the participants to this “Important Regional Meeting” and said: “This outreach initiative by ICANN is vital for the development of a truly global internet, where all countries can actively participate and have a voice. The Arab countries welcome the opportunity to participate and provide input to ICANN as an organization and to the Internet as an industry.” Al Ghanim continued: “During the last GCC ccTLDs group meeting, a technical proposal for implementing Arabic domain names in the GCC Countries was presented and accepted and a technical taskforce was formed and assigned to implement the proposal within 6 months, consisting of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, the UAE, Qatar and Oman. The project was later extended to include all the 22 Arab countries, and hence was indorsed by the Arab League., where its name has become Arabic Domain Names Pilot Project or ADN Pilot Project.

The outcome was remarkable with numerous deliverables such as establishing the steering and technical committees, preparing the Arabic DNS root servers, preparing the Arabic ccTLD servers for the participating countries and connecting them with the Arabic root servers, registering and testing Arabic domain names, testing and developing tools supporting the use of Arabic domain names and DNS, testing and developing end-user applications such as browsers, email clients, and so forth, to ensure support of Arabic domain names, drafting technical guidelines, defining policies and regulations for registering Arabic domain names, and participating in local and regional activities related to Arabic domain names.” Yet, Al Ghanim noted that, “the international recognition of the Arabic TLDs was essential, hence this is the importance of the Regional Meeting of ICANN after the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the United Nations Economic and Social Commission of Western Asia (ESCWA) and ICANN to build a cooperative working relationship in identified areas of common interest, and specifically to work towards the implementation of IDNs in the Arabic language, and to engage in the further development of the generic top-level domain name space.

We do believe that the partnership program will foster discussions and raise awareness within the Arab Internet community regarding technical and policy aspects of the IDN System.” In this respect, Al Ghanim clarified that, “the TRA has recently established a central regulatory and administrative body within the UAE that will provide representation on this issue and any future topics that impact the Internet in this country, particularly those related to the .ae Domain Name. The .ae Domain Administration (.aeDA) has been recently developed after an exhaustive review process, where the TRA has become the legal registry for the Top Level Domain Name (.ae) of the UAE.” He continued saying that, “under this new .ae regulatory framework, users will benefit greatly through a single focused and neutral administrative body; through a facilitated accessibility of the .ae domain name to the Internet users in the UAE; and through enhancing the integrity of the namespace via promoting the strong cultural values of the country while following the ‘International Best Practice’ procedures regarding the technical management and delivery of the Registry.

Through .aeDA we have invested heavily in infrastructure and expertise that will hold the UAE in good stead as the Internet continues its rapid growth. The TRA is delighted to announce at this Meeting that it recently received the delegation of the .ae Domain Name from the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA). Although the process was long and time consuming, this re-delegation is symbolic of the commitment of the TRA for the further development and integration of the Internet within the UAE and the region.” Al Ghanim thanked all the participants, wishing them the best in “building bridges of cooperation for the joint prosperity of our societies and importantly to work together in solving the broader issues of the Internet for the benefit of all users.” WAM

ICANN in New Delhi – what happened

As ICANN calls a close to its meeting this week in Delhi, we can look back at the major happenings there. domain name front running, domain tasting and Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) were the main some of the main issues discussed.
The meeting was attended by 720 participants from 76 countries, including 290 participants from the […]

ICANN Opens 31st International Public Meeting in New Delhi

NEW DELHI , INDIA: Internet issues from around the world are front and center in India as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers opened its 31st International Public Meeting today in New Delhi. “This year is an important one for the future of ICANN. The U.S. government is in the middle of its […]