Comments from the Arabic team for domain names regarding the fast track draft interim report
The Arabic team for domain names has been created by the LAS (league of Arab states) to discuss issues related to implemeting IDN (more specifically : Arabic domain names). Several countries who are members of the team are extremely interested by the fast track approache. Still, a few issues have been raised during the last meeting : 1) The report clearly identifies the Purpose of Fast Track as "to meet pressing demand". However, it defines its scope as "experimental in nature". Our worry is regarding the meaning of "experimental". "Experimental" should not mean that:
- The fast track delegations are temporary- The registered domain names during the fast track could become invalid at a later stage!
- It should not discourage the application developers from putting their full support to IDN
2) Regarding delegation of IDN ccTLDs- Countries/registries should not be forced to sign documents/agreements they believe would limit their full control over their IDN ccTLDs
- Signing documents/agreements may involve very heavy and slow governmental process that contradicts the fast track concept
Sincerely Dr. Ibaa Oueichek Chairman of the Arabic team for domain names.