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RE: [alac] At-Large Newsletter, FYI (Liaisons please share with Councils/Board) (this is also posted)

  • To: michel@xxxxxxxxx, alac@xxxxxxxxx
  • Subject: RE: [alac] At-Large Newsletter, FYI (Liaisons please share with Councils/Board) (this is also posted)
  • From: "Roberto Gaetano" <alac_liaison@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2005 00:34:04 +0000

Done.

Roberto GAETANO
ALAC
ICANN BoD Liaison





From: ICANN At-Large - Denise Michel <michel@xxxxxxxxx>
To: "At-Large Advisory Committee (publicly archived)" <alac@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [alac] At-Large Newsletter, FYI (Liaisons please share with Councils/Board) (this is also posted)
Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2005 09:15:56 -0700


ICANN AT-LARGE NEWSLETTER
September 2005

In this issue:

â?¢ Action: Hi, é«?, Hola, é«?ã?? â?? Internationalized Domain Names Creep Forward. Your input is needed â?? and accepted in many languages.
â?¢ Action: Ready for the future? Your thoughts are needed on what ICANN should do to face opportunities and challenges the future will bring.
â?¢ Action: Hey .NET domain name holders! What does the New .NET agreement mean for you?
â?¢ Action: Dot What? How should more top level domain names be introduced?
â?¢ Meeting: Join us in Vancouver! ICANN At-Large invites you to join the debates about the Internetâ??s future.
â?¢ Information: Asia/Pacific user groups are forming a Regional At-Large Organization
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â?¢ Action: Hi, é«?, Hola, é«?ã?? â?? Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) Creep Forward. Your input is needed â?? and accepted in many languages.

Registries that are offering IDNs have drafted a new version of the â??IDN Guidelines,â?? which ICANN has posted for public comments <http://www.icann.org/announcements/announcement-20sep05.htm>. These are proposed â??rulesâ?? Registries would follow in implementing IDNs, and they attempt to address such challenges as how to prevent the deceptive use of visually confusable characters from different scripts in individual IDN labels. For those not immersed in IDNs, the draft guidelines will be challenging reading. And if English is not your language, they will be daunting. They are worth the effort, however, because they are a critical step towards enabling the global Internet community to be *truly* global.

Before the ALAC addresses the substance of the proposed guidelines, we asked ICANN to adjust the process of soliciting comments by posting the proposed guidelines in multiple languages and extending the comment period. They are working on it â?? the proposed guidelines were just posted in French <http://www.icann.org/announcements/announcement-20sep05-french.htm>.

The ALAC believes that IDNs are not just a technical or business matter, but rather a fundamental element of the respect for cultural diversity and the internationalization of the Internet. The ALAC has been promoting the prompt introduction of full and non-discriminating support for all scripts and languages in domain names, as well as in other elements of the Internet that are directly used by the final consumers, in a manner that ensures an orderly and wise deployment of IDN registrations. The ALAC believes this to be one of the most pressing issues for the global Internet community and encourages all interested At-Large groups and individuals to provide input. Send emails to <forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> *and* <idn-guidelines@xxxxxxxxx>. The ALAC can accept comments in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German, Japanese, and Chinese.

â?¢ Action: Ready for the future? Your thoughts are needed on what ICANN should do to face opportunities and challenges the future will bring.

Dust off your crystal ball. ICANN has asked for the At-Large communityâ??s help in planning for the future. A â??Strategic Planning Issue Paperâ?? has been posted in English, Spanish, and French for public comment (English at <http://www.icann.org/strategic-plan/strategic-planning-issues-paper-04oct05.pdf>; see <http://www.icann.org> for other languages), along with a request for the communityâ??s views. The paper summarizes strategic planning discussions in which the ALAC and other stakeholders participated at ICANN's July 2005 meeting in Luxembourg, and includes a list of ICANNâ??s â??opportunities and challenges,â?? such as:

â?¢ The continued rise of the Internet as a truly global means of communication
and the need for ICANN to meet the needs of a truly global stakeholder base;
â?¢ Maintaining stability given expected increases in scale driven by the number
of devices using the Internet and the number of users;
â?¢ Possible fracturing of the current system perhaps brought about by some users
becoming dissatisfied with perceived restrictions imposed by technical protocols or by actions of a government or governments.


The ALAC has been asked to provide comments on this paper and would like guidance from the At-Large community in doing so. Community input will be used to craft ICANNâ??s Strategic Plan and will drive discussions that are being planned for ICANNâ??s November meeting in Vancouver <http://www.icann.org/meetings/vancouver/>.

Email your views to the At-Large public forum <forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> *and* ICANNâ??s Strategic Plan public forum <stratplan-issues-paper@xxxxxxxxx>.

â?¢ Action: Hey .NET domain name holders! What does the New .NET agreement mean for you?

On 12 October 2005 ICANNâ??s Board approved an amendment to the .NET agreement, which finalizes VeriSignâ??s contract as the .NET Registry and limits domain name registration fee increases to no more than 10% per year. The amendment addresses some complaints raised by the community after the Board approved the agreement on 1 July 2005.

Strong concern was voiced by several ICANN constituencies about the approval process and the substance of the agreement approved three months ago (see Luxembourg public forum transcript at <http://www.icann.org/meetings/luxembourg/>). Objections were raised about not allowing for complete public review of the agreement before it was approved, and about elements of the agreement such as the removal of all price caps on .NET domain names and the ability to give volume discounts to some Registrars. ICANNâ??s Board and VeriSign subsequently agreed to re-negotiate parts of the contract and a proposed amendment to the agreement was posted for public comment <http://www.icann.org/announcements/announcement-22sep05.htm>. The proposed amendment, which was negotiated with representatives of ICANN-Accredited Registrars, includes, among other things, a limit on registration fee increases to no more than 10% per year, but still enables VeriSign to offer Registrars volume discounts and incentives.

Public comment on the proposed amendment was sparse, but worth considering (see <http://forum.icann.org/lists/net-amendment-comments/>) since they raise fundamental issues about the appropriate role of ICANN in setting price controls, fostering marketplace competition and protecting consumers. Share your views about these and other .NET issues by sending an email to <forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>.

â?¢    Dot What? How should more top level domain names be introduced?

The GNSO Council, a primary policy-making body within ICANN, has launched a new policy development process to guide ICANN on what to do next on top level domain (TLD) introductions. ICANN wants to take the lessons learned from past TLD introductions, along with community input, and develop a new process for introducing TLDs. The ALAC is developing detailed guidance for ICANN to help ensure that such a process meets individual Internet usersâ?? needs. The type of issues on which ICANN is seeking advice is posted at <http://www.icann.org/tlds/new-gTLD-questions.pdf>. The ALAC will post proposed input on its website <http://www.alac.icann.org/>. Please post your views to <forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>.

The ALAC has pushed ICANN to regularize the process of examining and approving new TLD proposals, and has urged ICANN to move beyond testbeds and evaluations and permit those proposing new TLDs to put their plans into effect. Last year ICANN launched a limited process for selecting new sponsored TLDs (sTLDs) from a pool of ten applications <http://www.icann.org/tlds/stld-apps-19mar04/stld-public-comments.htm>. The ALAC recommended that, rather than restrict the applicant pool to a few sTLDs, ICANN create a quick, effective and uncontroversial process for the creation of any kind and number of new TLDs.

The ALAC would like specific input from you on questions posted by ICANN (see initial questions at <http://www.icann.org/tlds/new-gTLD-questions.pdf>).

â?¢ Meeting: Join us in Vancouver! ICANN At-Large invites you to join the debates about the Internetâ??s future.

You are invited to join the ICANN community in Vancouver, Canada 30 November â?? 4 December, and participate in several meetings and fora on issues that affect the Internet's end-users. If you are interested in seeing more new top level domain names, using domain names in your own (non-English) language, protecting your personal information listed in WHOIS databases, and advancing individual usersâ?? Internet interests in other areas, you wonâ??t want to miss this meeting. You can attend in person or follow some proceedings via the Internet. Participation is free and Internet users are encouraged to come!! Check <http://www.icann.org/meetings/vancouver/> for general information and <http://www.alac.icann.org/> for details on At-Large-related events.

â?¢ Information: Asia/Pacific user groups are forming a Regional At-Large Organization

All individuals involved in Internet user issues in the Asia/Australia/Pacific (AP) region, are invited to participate in efforts to launch an Asia-Pacific Regional At-Large Organization (APRALO). Representatives of user groups involved in ICANN At-Large met last month during the APAN meeting in Taiwan to develop a charter, bylaws, and outreach plans aimed at enabling user groups in this region to work together to advance Internet usersâ?? needs. Follow-up meetings/conference calls are being planned for November/December in Vancouver. More information is posted at <http://www.apralo.org/>. Send questions to <info@xxxxxxxxxx>.


The Interim At-Large Advisory Committee alac@xxxxxxxxx www.alac.icann.org

If a group you are involved with wants to influence decisions that shape the Internet, register as an "At-Large Structure" and participate in ICANN decisions critical to the Internet's end users. â??At-Large Structureâ?? registration is free, easy, and done via email. Groups interested participating in ICANN At-Large are encouraged to send an email to <als@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> or get more information and an application online <http://www.alac.icann.org/applications/>.



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