Re: Updated Draft Initial Report and agenda [RE: [jig] REMINDER / JIG WG - 30 August at 1200 UTC]
- To: Edmon Chung <edmon@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "'jig'" <jig@xxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: Updated Draft Initial Report and agenda [RE: [jig] REMINDER / JIG WG - 30 August at 1200 UTC]
- From: Bart Boswinkel <bart.boswinkel@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2011 04:59:42 -0700
Included the Board decision from 25 August on JIG Final report,
Single Character IDN Update
1. Whereas, the delegation of IDN TLDs in a way that promotes security and a
good user experience is a longstanding topic of importance to ICANN's Board and
the global community.
3. Whereas, the GNSO's Reserved Names Working Group concluded that, for IDNs,
there should not be a general restriction on single-character U-labels, and
recommended a case-by-case analysis.
5. Whereas, the IDN Implementation Working Team recommended that
single-character gTLDs should not be banned, but that further ramifications of
this issue should be addressed by policy bodies such as the ccNSO and GNSO.
7. Whereas, the Joint ccNSO-GNSO IDN Working Group (JIG) recommended that
single-character TLDs should be accepted in the IDN ccTLD Fast Track, as part
of the recommendations for overall policy in IDN ccPDP, and the New gTLD
9. Whereas, the Fast Track was designed to enable the introduction of a
limited number of non-contentious IDN ccTLDs to meet near-term demand while the
overall policy is being developed, using methods that do not pre-empt the
outcomes of the IDN ccPDP.
11. Whereas, the JIG Report raises certain questions, including (a) what
suitable process for consultation (including with relevant language
communities), is needed when considering new, single-character IDN TLD strings,
and (b) whether there would be a different policy conclusion if it were
specified that only ideographical scripts are acceptable for single-character
13. Whereas, these and all technical and policy considerations must be
addressed prior to delegation of any single-character TLDs.
15. Whereas the time necessary to adequately resource and consider these
issues is estimated to extend beyond the scheduled application submission
period for the first gTLD application round.
17. Resolved (2011.08.28.16) the Board, on the issue of delegation of single
* Requests specific advice on security & stability aspects of this issue
from the SSAC.
* Requests the GAC to consider and provide specific advice on public
policy aspects of this issue.
* Requests specific advice on the end-user/consumer aspects of this issue
* Directs the staff to consult with additional appropriate and
knowledgeable community participants across various languages/scripts on this
topic, and to provide the Board and community a report that reflects this
input, to enable consideration by the Board on delegation of single character
* Directs staff to publish a timetable for this work, clearly indicating
that processes for delegation of single-character IDN TLDs will be made
available after the first gTLD application round and conclusion of IDN ccTLD
18. Rationale for Resolution 2011.08.25.16
19. Why the Board is addressing the issue now?
20. The Joint ccNSO-GNSO IDN Working Group (JIG) produced a final report
recommending that single-character IDNs be delegated in the New gTLD program
and the IDN ccTLD Fast Track. The GNSO Council and the ccNSO Council approved
the report on 7 April 2011 and 10 May 2011, respectively, and the report was
delivered to the Board on 11 May 2011.
22. What is the proposal being considered?
23. The JIG report includes recommendations that:
25. a) Single Character IDN TLDs should be acceptable under the IDN ccTLD Fast
Track Process and as part of the recommendations for overall policy in IDN
ccPDP, taking into account the findings from the report;
27. b) The GNSO policy recommendation in the Final Report for the Introduction
of New Generic Top-Level Domains for Single Character IDN TLDs should be
29. c) Requested Single Character IDN TLD strings should be analyzed on a
case-by-case basis in the new gTLD process depending on the script and
language. Single Character IDN TLDs should be acceptable, but must not be
confusingly similar to single or two character ASCII TLDs. For alphabetic
script Single Character IDN TLDs, other technical aspects of confusability may
be taken into consideration, such as the likelihood of user slip with relevance
to keyboard layouts.
31. Implementing the report's recommendations would result in changes to the
approved versions of the gTLD Applicant Guidebook and the IDN ccTLD Fast Track
33. Which stakeholders or others were consulted?
34. The JIG consists of representatives from the ccNSO and GNSO communities.
The report has also been posted for public comment from all stakeholders.
36. Since receipt of the report, i nformal discussions have taken place with
some SSAC and Board Variant Working Group members regarding technical aspects
of the proposal.
38. What concerns or issues were raised by the community?
40. Issues raised by the community during the public consultation process
* Timing of the potential introduction of single-character IDN TLDs in
relation to resolution of IDN variant management issues.
* Suggestion of an IDN Evaluation Panel to review applications for Single
Character or Two Character IDN TLDs.
* Procedures in the event that single characters represent geographic
names or other interests.
* Potential for user confusion.
* Potential usability issues with single-character IDN TLDs.
* The distinction between gTLDs / ccTLDs.
41. What significant materials did the Board review?
42. The Board reviewed the JIG's report.
44. What factors the Board found to be significant?
45. The Board will consider technical issues, public policy issues, and user
experience. Accordingly, input is being sought from the various Advisory
47. With regard to the New gTLD Program, issues raised in the JIG report that
could be addressed in the consultations are: (1) identifying a suitable process
for consultation (including with relevant language communities) when
considering new, single-character IDN gTLD strings; and (2) whether there would
be a different policy conclusion if it were specified that only ideographical
scripts are acceptable for Single Character IDN TLDs.
49. With regard to IDN ccTLDs, the policy development processes concerning IDN
ccTLDs could be informed by additional exploration of these issues. The IDN
ccTLD Fast Track was designed to enable the introduction of a limited number of
non-contentious IDN ccTLDs to meet near-term demand while the overall policy is
being developed, using methods that do not pre-empt the outcomes of the IDN
ccPDP. Accordingly, delegation of one-character TLDs is not currently being
considered for the Fast Track.
51. Are there positive or negative community impacts?
52. The Board is requesting additional advice on the possible impacts before
54. Are there fiscal impacts or ramifications on ICANN (strategic plan,
operating plan, budget); the community; and/or the public?
55. The recommended action should not cause any significant variance on
57. Are there any security, stability or resiliency issues relating to the DNS?
58. Initial analysis indicates that there are none; however, the matter is
being referred to the SSAC for additional consideration.
On 8/30/11 11:04 AM, "Edmon Chung" <edmon@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Please find attached an updated version of the Draft Initial Report for
Universal Acceptance of IDN TLDs.
The main edits are found in the Background and Related Works section, which was
further completed based on our discussions.
As for a brief agenda for today:
- Update on implementation of Single Character IDN TLDs
- Update on progress at IDN VIP Study teams
- Update on note to IETF
- Continue discussion on Initial Report on Universal Acceptance of IDN TLDs
Talk to you all in about 3 hours.
PS. I am traveling and might be caught slightly late. Will get on as soon as
From: owner-jig@xxxxxxxxx [mailto:owner-jig@xxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Glen de
Sent: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 3:34 PM
Subject: [jig] REMINDER / JIG WG - 30 August at 1200 UTC
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