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ICANN Selects Lead for Development of Name Collision Occurrence Management Framework

ICANN signed an agreement with JAS Global Advisors LLC to lead the development of the Name Collision Occurrence Management Framework, in cooperation with the community. The statement of work for the development of the Framework can be found here [PDF, 89 KB]. ICANN intends to present a development timeline and initial questions for discussion at ICANN 48 Buenos Aires (17-21 November 2013). Interested parties (e.g., current and prospective Registry Operators, security practitioners, community members) are encouraged to attend the SSR Session on Monday, 18 November 2013 and provide input.

The Name Collision Occurrence Management Framework was adopted by the ICANN Board of Directors, New gTLD Program Committee on 7 October 2013, (the "Framework") and is intended to manage name collisions [PDF, 841 KB] in new gTLDs. More specifically, the Framework should:

  • Identify appropriate parameters and processes to assess the probability and severity of impact resulting from name collision occurrences.
  • Specify a set of Name Collision Occurrence Assessments and corresponding mitigation measures that ICANN or Top-Level Domains (TLD) applicants may need to implement. These assessments are to be based on Second-Level Domain data generated by DNS-OARC's "Day in the Life of the Internet" initiative. Additional data sets, such as information from Certificate Authorities regarding the issuance of internal name certificates may be used as well.
  • Be made available for public comment.

In accordance with its guidelines for procuring vendors, ICANN sent a Request for Proposal (RFP) to four qualified candidates. Three of the parties submitted proposals, and from those received ICANN selected JAS Global Advisors LLC.

About JAS Global Advisors LLC: Founded in 2003, JAS Global Advisors LLC is a unique professional services firm delivering risk management, technology, and governance solutions to a wide range of commercial and government clients.

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Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as"""" is not an IDN."