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[gnso-idnc-initial] Public Comment: IDN ccTLD Fast Track Draft Implementation Plan

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  • Subject: [gnso-idnc-initial] Public Comment: IDN ccTLD Fast Track Draft Implementation Plan
  • From: Glen de Saint Géry <Glen@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2008 01:11:17 -0700

Public Comment: IDN ccTLD Fast Track Draft Implementation Plan

23 October 2008

ICANN is pleased to make the Draft Implementation Plan for the IDN ccTLD Fast 
Track Process available for public discussions. The Draft Implementation Plan 
can be found here [PDF, 297K].

The IDN Fast Track Process is a mechanism recommended by the IDNC Working 
Group, focused on the introduction of a limited number of non contentious IDN 
ccTLDs, associated with the ISO 3166-1 two-letter codes, to meet near term 
demand, while an overall IDN ccTLD policy is being developed.

At the ICANN meeting in Paris (June 2008) the IDNC Working Group submitted the 
Final Report to the ICANN Board, including statements of the GAC and ccNSO on 
the proposed methodology for introduction of a limited number of IDN ccTLDs. At 
its meeting in Paris the ICANN Board

Resolved (2008.06.26.04), the Board thanks the members of the IDNC WG for 
completing their chartered tasks in a timely manner.

Resolved (2008.06.26.05), the Board directs staff to: (1) post the IDNC WG 
final report for public comments; (2) commence work on implementation issues in 
consultation with relevant stakeholders; and (3) submit a detailed 
implementation report including a list of any outstanding issues to the Board 
in advance of the ICANN Cairo meeting in November 2008.

Subsequently, ICANN staff posted the IDNC WG Final Report for public comments, 
and commenced the implementation work as directed. In order to provide the 
community with an overview of what actions (if any) staff took in their 
implementation work on the received comments, a consolidated overview of the 
comments received and document containing staff considerations regarding the 
comments received is made available here
[PDF, 269K]. As part of the implementation process staff also submitted letters 
to relevant public authorities and ccTLD managers to seek information on their 
interest in participating in the Fast Track process. ICANN is still receiving 
responses to these letters and will provide a public report on these before the 
ICANN meeting in Cairo, Egypt (November 2008).

The Draft Implementation Plan provides the roadmap and many implementation 
details for the Fast Track process. The plan is presented in modules that later 
will be further detailed and finalized for the IDN ccTLD Fast Track process. 
The modules are:

Module 1: general Introduction and background Information

Module 2: Fast Track Eligibility Requirements

Module 3: TLD String Criteria and Requirements

Module 4: Technical Committee Considerations

Module 5: Fast Track Request and Evaluation Process

Module 6: TLD Delegation Process

Module 7: Discussion of Additional Topics

Included in the Draft Implementation Plan are some open issues that will be 
reworked through additional community consultation and that need to be 
resolved, to complete the implementation. These topics are presented in Module 
7. ICANN staff is encouraging and looking forward to these discussions at the 
ICANN meeting in Cairo, Egypt, 1-7 November 2008 and beyond.

Comments on the Draft Implementation Plan are welcome via email to 
ft-implementation@xxxxxxxxx. An archive of all comments received will be 
publicly posted at http://forum.icann.org/lists/ft-implementation/.

Related links:

Public comment period: 

Fast Track Draft Implementation Plan : 
 [PDF, 297K]

Working Group Final Report (with public comments): 
 [PDF, 269K]

Fast Track webpage: http://www.icann.org/en/topics/idn/fast-track/
This file last modified 23-Oct-2008

Glen de Saint Géry
GNSO Secretariat

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