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Comments from APRALO

  • To: <fast-track-review-2010@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Comments from APRALO
  • From: "Edmon" <edmon@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2011 03:58:50 +0800

APRALO welcomes the opportunity to provide comments on the review of the IDN 
ccTLD Fast Track process.

First of all, APRALO believes that the experience from the implementation of 
the IDN ccTLD Fast Track should be used as input for the introduction of IDN 
gTLDs, especially in the following areas:

1. The applications received for IDN ccTLDs demonstrate a strong pent-up demand 
from the Asia Pacific region for the introduction of IDN TLDs.  A majority of 
the IDN ccTLDs are from the Asia Pacific region.  The implementation of IDN 
gTLDs should take into consideration the perspectives and experience from the 
Asia Pacific region, where knowledge and expertise resides.

2. The implementation of IDN Variant TLDs at the root for Chinese IDN TLDs has 
proven to be successful.  The same implementation, more specifically, 
concurrent NS delegations for the Primary and Preferred IDN Variant TLD 
strings, is the appropriate technical implementation for Chinese IDN TLDs, 
compliant with CDNC (Chinese Domain Names Consortium) recommendations, and is 
the current best approach for Chinese IDNs to maintain the security and 
stability of the Internet.

3. The issue of visual similarity of IDN TLDs is not a good measurement of 
confusing similarity.  The new gTLD process should avoid the repeating of such 
mistake.  More specifically, an IDN TLD application should not be rejected 
simply because of visual similarity, other aspects should be taken into 
consideration.  Currently, the new gTLD process does not have any recourse for 
such situations.

4. The introduction of IDN ccTLDs have increased the end-user expectation for 
IDN gTLDs.  ICANN should prioritize the introduction of IDN gTLDs.  The benefit 
for introducing IDN gTLDs significantly overweighs the cost for which.  Such 
cost-benefit condition is clearly dissimilar with addition of more new ASCII 

Furthermore, regarding the IDN ccTLD Fast Track specifically, we would like to 
express our comments as follows:

A. Future applications for Chinese IDN TLDs with IDN Variants should follow a 
similar approach in terms of technical implementation at the root.

B. Where the operator (i.e. sponsor) for an IDN ccTLD is the same as that for a 
corresponding ASCII ccTLD, the IANA WHOIS should reflect such situation more 

C. The transparency of the process of evaluating IDN ccTLD applications should 
be enhanced.  The applied for strings should be announced earlier in the 
process and string evaluation reports should be made public.


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