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Webinar: Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review New Sections of Draft Report

LOS ANGELES – 7 December 2017 – On 18 December 2017, the Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review Team (CCT) will host a webinar on the new sections of its Draft Report.

The Draft Report was posted on 7 March 2017 [PDF, 4.94 MB], and the new sections made available for public comment on 27 November 2017.

During the webinar, members of the CCT Review Team will provide a briefing on the new sections, which contain draft findings and recommendations pertaining to Domain Name System abuse, costs to trademark holders, domain name parking, and consumer choice. Participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions directly to the Review Team.

The CCT Review Team is examining the extent to which the introduction or expansion of generic top-level domains (gTLDs) has promoted competition, consumer trust, and consumer choice. The Review Team is also determining the effectiveness of the safeguards put in place to mitigate issues arising from the introduction of new gTLDs and the New gTLD Program's application and evaluation process.

A recording will be made available on the CCT Review Team wiki.

Webinar Details & How to Attend

  • Date: 18 December 2017
  • Time: 16:00 – 17:00 UTC (click here to view time zone converter)
  • To participate, please RSVP to: mssi-secretariat@icann.org to receive the dial-in information.
  • In order to facilitate global participation, language services will be available in five UN languages.

Agenda

  • CCT Mandate & Timeline
  • DNS Abuse
  • Rights Protection Mechanisms
  • "Parked Domains"
  • Next Steps

Additional Resources

  • Visit the CCT wiki for up-to-date information on the work of the Review Team as well as news and opportunities to participate.
  • Visit the CCT page on ICANN.org to view documents associated with essential milestones, outputs and final deliverables.
  • The Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice (CCT) Review is mandated by ICANN Bylaws Section 4.6.

About ICANN

ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.


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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""icann.org"" is not an IDN."