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[jig] Draft Final Report on Universal Acceptance of IDN TLDs

  • To: "'jig' (jig@xxxxxxxxx)" <jig@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: [jig] Draft Final Report on Universal Acceptance of IDN TLDs
  • From: Glen de Saint Géry <Glen@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2013 05:38:06 -0700

Draft Final Report on Universal Acceptance of IDN TLDs
Comment / Reply Periods (*)
Comment Open Date: 25 June 2013
Comment Close Date: 25 July 2013 - 23:59 UTC
Reply Open Date: 26 July 2013
Reply Close Date: 16 August 2013 - 23:59 UTC
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Brief Overview
Originating Organization:
Joint ccNSO-GNSO IDN Working Group (JIG)

 *   Policy Processes
 *   Top-Level Domains
 *   Transparency/Accountability
Purpose (Brief):

The joint ccNSO-GNSO IDN working Group (JIG) seeks input from the community on 
its draft Final Report on Universal Acceptance of IDN TLDs. The draft includes 
recommendations to the ccNSO and GNSO Councils for further action to resolve 
policy and other relating to the universal acceptance of IDN TLDs The Working 
expects to finalize and publish its Final Report, and submit their report, 
after taking into account the comments received.
Current Status:

Seeking public comment on its draft Final Report is part of the process for 
developing recommendations to the ccNSO and GNSO Councils as defined in the 
charter of the JIG.
Next Steps:

The JIG will closely review all submitted comments to determine, at its 
reasonable discretion, to modify its report.
The Working expects to formally publish its Final Report by the end of August 
and submit it to both the ccNSO and GNSO Council for adoption and further 
Staff Contact:
Bart Boswinkel
Email Staff 
Detailed Information
Section I: Description, Explanation, and Purpose:

The issue of the Universal Acceptance of TLDs (Top-Level Domains) is not new.  
The introduction of new gTLDs, especially those that are longer than 3 
characters exposed this Universal Acceptance issue in the 2000 experimental 
expansion round, and was continued to be felt through the 2004 sTLD extension 
round.  The introduction of IDN ccTLDs through the IDN ccTLD fast track in 2010 
further exposed the issue and also made this into an issue of common interest 
between ccTLDs and gTLDs.

Based on extensive discussion, both in the WG and with the community, the JIG 
intends to recommend to the ccNSO and GNSO Council that they will recommend:

 1.  IDN TLD operators (including IDN ccTLD, IDN gTLD and IDN gTLD Accredited 
Registrars) are recommended to support Universal Acceptance of IDN TLDs in 
their own systems. Part of this recommendation is that ICANN's IDN Guidelines 
be updated to include provisions for IDN TLD registries and registrars to 
support the Universal Acceptance of IDN TLDs within their own systems (i.e. for 
registration systems and services to accept name server records, child hosts, 
contact information with IDN TLDs)
 2.  ICANN should allocate specific resources for the advocacy of Universal 
Acceptance beyond the development of informational materials and toolkits.
 3.  ICANN should develop of informative reference materials for new IDN TLDs 
(including gTLD and ccTLD) to handle issues of Universal Acceptance
 4.  ICANN initiates efforts, lead by staff, with participation from the 
community, for further studies to investigate the scope of the issue and what 
other services or actions could be taken by ICANN to support the Universal 
Acceptance of IDN TLDs beyond outreach and awareness campaigns

The WG seeks feed-back and input on the specific recommendations.
Section II: Background:

This is a Final Report from the Joint ccNSO-GNSO IDN Group (JIG) on the 
recommendations for actions to be taken by ICANN and the ICANN community to 
address the issue of Universal Acceptance of IDN TLDs in support of the 
implementation of IDN gTLDs and IDN ccTLDs. The document incorporates the 
findings from the Initial Report along with the public comments received 

·        Initial Report published for public comments: January 6, 

·        Public Comment period conducted: January 6 - March 23, 

·        Report of Public Comments: May 23, 
 [PDF, 188 KB]

The JIG (Joint ccNSO-GNSO IDN Working Group) was created to discuss issues of 
common interest between the ccNSO and the GNSO on IDNs (Internationalized 
Domain Names), especially IDN TLDs. The JIG has identified 3 issues of common 
interest to date:

1.     Single Character IDN TLDs

2.     IDN TLD Variants

3.     Universal Acceptance of IDN TLDs

This report is specific to issue 3. Universal Acceptance of IDN TLDs. This 
Final Report is submitted to the ccNSO council and the GNSO council 
respectively for their consideration and adoption according to their own rules 
and procedures.
Section III: Document and Resource Links:

The Draft Final Report can be found at: 
[PDF, 135 KB]
Section IV: Additional Information:

Additional Information on the JIG can be found at: 


(*) Comments submitted after the posted Close Date/Time are not guaranteed to 
be considered in any final summary, analysis, reporting, or decision-making 
that takes place once this period lapses.

Glen de Saint Géry
GNSO Secretariat

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