The IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process is launched as of 16 November 2009 (00:00UTC). The system for submitting requests for IDN ccTLDs is now available along with additional material supporting the launch.
The recent ICANN meeting in Korea (26-30 October 2009) was a milestone in IDN TLD development. The ICANN Board approved the IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process. The resolution of the Board approval is available here, and the transcript from the ICANN Board meeting is available here. A detailed presentation of the requirements in the IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process can be found here.
The IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process will enable countries and territories that use languages based on scripts other than Latin to offer their users domain names in non-Latin characters. These IDN ccTLDs will be available only to the governments and administrations of countries and territories listed in the ISO 3166-1 standard, or their designated representatives or operators. There is a number of string requirements for IDN ccTLDs to be delegated through the process, one of which is demonstration that the IDN ccTLD constitute a meaningful representation of the corresponding country or territory name.
IDN ccTLD Fast Track Video and Presentations
The recent ICANN meeting in Korea (26-30 October 2009) was a milestone in IDN TLD development. The ICANN Board approved the IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process. A workshop was held where the functionality of the entire process was explained. The presentation slides and webcast can be found here: IDN ccTLD Fast Track Workshop & Presentation.