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Discussion Draft of Interim Report of IDNC WG (IDN ccTLD Fast Track)

Open: 31 March 08
Closed: 25 April 08

Explanation:The IDNC WG was charted by ICANN’s Board to develop and report on feasible methods, if any, that would enable the introduction, in a timely manner and in a manner that ensures the continued security and stability of the Internet, of a limited number of non-contentious IDN ccTLDs, associated with the ISO 3166-1 two-letter codes (both the official code list of ISO 3166-1 and the list of reserved ISO 3166-1 code elements) (popularly known as “the fast track"), while the overall IDN ccTLD policy is being developed.

The scope of the IDNC WG is limited to developing feasible methods (for the introduction of a limited number of IDN ccTLDs) that do not pre-empt the policy outcomes of the IDN cc Policy Development Process (ccPDP) for which an Issue Report is currently being prepared. Under the IDNC WG charter, in considering feasible fast track methods, the IDNC WG must take into account and be guided by:

  • The overarching requirement to preserve the security and stability of the DNS;
  • Compliance with the IDNA protocols;
  • Input and advice from the technical community in respect to the implementation of IDNs;
  • Current practices for the delegation of ccTLDs.

As originally indicated in the Discussion Draft of the Initial Report released on 1 February 2008, the fast track approach requires two specific mechanisms which are addressed in this report:

  1. A mechanism for the selection of the IDN ccTLD string (See Section 3 of the report); and
  2. A mechanism to designate an IDN ccTLD manager (See Section 4 of the report).

The purpose of this report is to inform and report to the community on the latest topics and issues as identified by the IDNC WG that need to be considered in developing each of the two mechanisms, and to seek input and comments on them. This report, and the comments received, will be used to structure and propose potential mechanisms in the next phase of the fast track (See Section 5 of the report for the Interim Report Schedule). As stated above, the outcome of the fast track cannot pre-empt the outcome of the ccPDP. All of the issues/topics raised regarding the fast track mechanisms also are being raised under the ccPDP. Thus, the solutions reached for the purposes of the fast track, out of necessity, have to be as limited as possible.

The Discussion Draft of the Initial Report is available here <>.

Comments on this report are encouraged to be submitted by 25 April via email to An archive of all comments received will be publicly posted at

Staff member responsible: Bart Boswinkel

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