IDN Homograph Concerns
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- Subject: IDN Homograph Concerns
- From: "Bill Nichols" <Bnichols@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2005 18:22:58 -0500
At this point, it appears we have groups representing registries lobbying for
the continued expansion of IDNs while requesting that "everyone be careful and
play nice". As a parent, I cannot vouch for this approach. As someone who has
attempted to purchase bulk whois information for non-marketing, fraud-detection
related purposes, I can attest to the fact that registries only follow ICANN
directives when they want to.
This is simply not addressing the problem.
The gTLD Registry Constituency offered the starting point in their posting
"The acute concern is with the visual overlap between the Cyrillic and Latin
alphabets. To avert the risk for confusion, the inclusion in the same label of
letters in the Unicode Cyrillic code chart  and the Latin-based code charts
 will be blocked for all relevant languages. The digits 0-9 and the hyphen
sign may, however, appear in all labels containing Cyrillic or Latin letters.
Individual registries may subsequently adopt more detailed policies for dealing
with requests for names with justifiable and secure cross-script components in
these code point ranges. "
While only the first step in examing the problem, it goes a long way to dealing
with much of the potential for abuse.
I suggest that, if the regististry constituencies desire accelerated adoption
of IDNs, they work together to provide tools (and code or whatever is needed)
to those who implement browsers and related applications (Microsoft too, much
as it pains me to say it). Look at what can be done internally. Spend some
money on the problem. It is in their interest, they should seek to facilitate
it. If they're not willing to spend money/time/effort, then they have no
business soliciting aid from those who are exposed to fraud, abuse, or other
criminal actions. Simply saying "Everyone be smart and don't get ripped off"
means you don't care enough about the problem to deserve to have your opinion
Posting as a private citizen