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Upcoming Public Comment Proceedings

A vital element of ICANN's accountability and transparency is the opportunity for public comment on policy development work, implementation activities, and operations. In order to keep the community informed about future public comment proceedings, this page provides summary data for topics that are being considered. The topics and dates presented are offered as informed predictions of when certain proceedings are expected to be initiated but should not be considered as specific date announcements.

To view Open, Recently Closed, or Archived Public Comment Proceedings, please click the appropriate link.

Proposed Public Comment Proceeding Estimated Timeframe
Proposed Registry Agreement Amendments to Release Country and Territory Names from Reservation As Needed
Proposal for the Root Zone LGR by the Arabic GP June—October 2015
Proposal for the Root Zone LGR by the Armenian GP June—October 2015
Data and Metrics for Policy Making Working Group Initial Report July 2015
Next-Generation gTLD Registration Directory Services (RDS) to Replace Whois Preliminary Issue Report July 2015
ccNSO-GNSO Cross-Community Working Group on Framework of Principles for Future Cross-Community Working Groups July—September 2015
Cross-Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability Work Stream 1 Proposals August 2015
Phase I Economic Analysis In Support of Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice (CCT) Review August 2015
RDAP Operation Profile for gTLD Registrars and Registries August 2015
New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Preliminary Issue Report August—September 2015
GNSO Policy and Implementation Working Group Final Report and Recommendations August—September 2015
Translations and Transliteration of Contact Information Policy Development Process Final Report August—September 2015
New gTLD Program – Draft Program Implementation Review Report September 2015
Proposed Renewal of .MOBI TLD Sponsored Registry Agreement September 2015
GNSO IGO-INGO Access to Curative Rights Working Group Initial Report September—November 2015
GNSO Preliminary Issue Report on Rights Protection Mechanisms in All gTLDs October 2015
Specification 11 Security Framework October 2015
ICANN54 | 18-22 October 2015 | Dublin, Ireland
GNSO Standing Committee for GNSO Improvements Recommendations (Tentative) October—December 2015
Final Implementation Plan for IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process October 2015—February 2016
Label Generation Ruleset for the Root Zone Version 1 October 2015—February 2016
Reference Second Level LGR Batch 1 October 2015—February 2016
Cross-Community Working Group on Use of Country and Territory Names as Top-Level Domains Initial Report January 2016—February 2016
Cross-Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability Work Stream 1 Proposals Draft Implementation Project Planning February 2016
Proposal for the Root Zone LGR by the Chinese GP February—June 2016
Proposal for the Root Zone LGR by the Japanese GP February—June 2016
Reference Second Level LGR Batch 2 February—June 2016
Cross-Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability Work Stream 2 Draft Proposals March 2016
ICANN55 | 5-10 March 2016 | Marrakech, Morocco
Root Stability Study Draft Report April 2016
Cross-Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability Work Stream 1 Proposals Implementation Project Planning May 2016
Cross-Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability Work Stream 2 Proposals June 2016

 

Proposed Registry Agreement Amendments to Release Country and Territory Names from Reservation
Originating Organization: GDD Registry Services Est'd Timeframe: As Needed
Description: As we continue to receive RSEP requests to release of country and territory names, and following a determination is made there are no security, stability or competition concerns, proposed amendments to the requesting registries registry agreement are batched and posted for public comment.
Staff Contact: Krista Papac Email: krista.papac@icann.org

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Proposal for the Root Zone LGR by the Arabic GP
Originating Organization: ICANN Staff Est'd Timeframe: June—October 2015
Description: Proposal for the Root Zone LGR by the Arabic GP.
Staff Contact: Sarmad Hussain Email: sarmad.hussain@icann.org

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Proposal for the Root Zone LGR by the Armenian GP
Originating Organization: ICANN Staff Est'd Timeframe: June—October 2015
Description: Proposal for the Root Zone LGR by the Armenian GP.
Staff Contact: Sarmad Hussain Email: sarmad.hussain@icann.org

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Data and Metrics for Policy Making Working Group Initial Report
Originating Organization: GNSO Est'd Timeframe: July 2015
Description: Request for community comments on the DMPM WG's Initial Report that contains a set of recommendations to enhance the policy process by use of data and metrics for fact-based policy making.
Staff Contact: Steve Chan Email: policy-staff@icann.org

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Next-Generation gTLD Registration Directory Services (RDS) to Replace Whois Preliminary Issue Report
Originating Organization: GNSO Est'd Timeframe: July 2015
Description: Publication of Preliminary Issue Report concerning the next-generation gTLD Registration Directory Services (RDS) to replace Whois.
Staff Contact: Marika Konings Email: policy-staff@icann.org

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ccNSO-GNSO Cross-Community Working Group on Framework of Principles for Future Cross-Community Working Groups
Originating Organization: ccNSO and GNSO Est'd Timeframe: July—September 2015
Description: Publication of recommendations for a template and guidelines concerning the initiation, formation, operation and termination of future cross-community working groups.
Staff Contact: Mary Wong Email: policy-staff@icann.org

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Cross-Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability Work Stream 1 Proposals
Originating Organization: CCWG-Accountability Est'd Timeframe: August 2015
Description: CCWG Work Stream 1 proposals.
Staff Contact: Alice Jansen, Adam Peake Email: acct-staff@icann.org

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Phase I Economic Analysis In Support of Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice (CCT) Review
Originating Organization: ICANN Staff Est'd Timeframe: August 2015
Description: ICANN is conducting an economic study to focus on pricing and other competition factors relating to the domain name market. The report will be published for public comment.
Staff Contact: Karen Lentz Email: karen.lentz@icann.org

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RDAP Operation Profile for gTLD Registrars and Registries
Originating Organization: ICANN Staff Est'd Timeframe: August 2015
Description: RDAP operation profile for gTLD registries and registrars.
Staff Contact: Francisco Arias Email: francisco.arias@icann.org

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New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Preliminary Issue Report
Originating Organization: GNSO Est'd Timeframe: August—September 2015
Description: Publication of the Preliminary Issue Report for public comment regarding a potential Policy Development Process to develop New gTLD Subsequent Procedures.
Staff Contact: Steve Chan Email: policy-staff@icann.org

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GNSO Policy and Implementation Working Group Final Report and Recommendations
Originating Organization: ICANN Board / GNSO Est'd Timeframe: August—September 2015
Description: Public comment proceeding on the Final Report and the recommendations approved by the GNSO Council prior to ICANN Board consideration, in particular those that involve changes to the ICANN Bylaws.
Staff Contact: Marika Konings Email: policy-staff@icann.org

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Translations and Transliteration of Contact Information Policy Development Process Final Report
Originating Organization: ICANN Board / GNSO Est'd Timeframe: August—September 2015
Description: Public comment proceeding on the Final Report and the Recommendations approved by the GNSO Council prior to ICANN Board consideration.
Staff Contact: Julie Hedlund, Lars Hoffmann Email: policy-staff@icann.org

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New gTLD Program – Draft Program Implementation Review Report
Originating Organization: ICANN Staff Est'd Timeframe: September 2015
Description: Request for community comment on the Draft Program Implementation Review Report.
Staff Contact: Trang Nguyen Email: trang.nguyen@icann.org

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Proposed Renewal of .MOBI TLD Sponsored Registry Agreement
Originating Organization: GDD Registry Services Est'd Timeframe: September 2015
Description: Renewal of .mobi Registry Agreement.
Staff Contact: Krista Papac Email: krista.papac@icann.org

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GNSO IGO-INGO Access to Curative Rights Working Group Initial Report
Originating Organization: GNSO Est'd Timeframe: September—November 2015
Description: Publication of the Working Group's Initial Report for public comment prior to preparation of the Final Report, as required by the GNSO's Policy Development Process Manual and the ICANN Bylaws.
Staff Contact: Mary Wong Email: policy-staff@icann.org

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GNSO Preliminary Issue Report on Rights Protection Mechanisms in All gTLDs
Originating Organization: GNSO Est'd Timeframe: October 2015
Description: Publication of a Preliminary Issue Report for public comment concerning a potential policy development process to review all trademark rights protection mechanisms developed by ICANN, including in both legacy and new gTLDs.
Staff Contact: Mary Wong Email: policy-staff@icann.org

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Specification 11 Security Framework
Originating Organization: GDD Registry Services Est'd Timeframe: October 2015
Description: Request for community comments on draft framework for New gTLD Registries to monitor and respond to security threats.
Staff Contact: Krista Papac Email: krista.papac@icann.org

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GNSO Standing Committee for GNSO Improvements Recommendations (Tentative)
Originating Organization: GNSO Est'd Timeframe: October—December 2015
Description: Publication of possible changes (if any are recommended) to GNSO Operating Procedures for public comment.
Staff Contact: Julie Hedlund Email: policy-staff@icann.org

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Final Implementation Plan for IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process
Originating Organization: ICANN Staff Est'd Timeframe: October 2015—February 2016
Description: Final Implementation Plan for IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process.
Staff Contact: Sarmad Hussain Email: sarmad.hussain@icann.org

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Label Generation Ruleset for the Root Zone Version 1
Originating Organization: ICANN Staff Est'd Timeframe: October 2015—February 2016
Description: Label Generation Ruleset for the Root Zone Version 1.
Staff Contact: Sarmad Hussain Email: sarmad.hussain@icann.org

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Reference Second Level LGR Batch 1
Originating Organization: ICANN Staff Est'd Timeframe: October 2015—February 2016
Description: Reference Second Level LGR Batch 1.
Staff Contact: Sarmad Hussain Email: sarmad.hussain@icann.org

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Cross-Community Working Group on Use of Country and Territory Names as Top-Level Domains Initial Report
Originating Organization: GNSO / ccNSO Est'd Timeframe: January—February 2016
Description: Public Comment on the Initial Report by the Cross Community Working Group on Use of Country and Territory Names as Top-Level Domains Initial Report including draft recommendations on frameworks for 2-letter codes, 3-letter codes and full country/territory names.
Staff Contact: Bart Boswinkel, Lars Hoffmann Email: policy-staff@icann.org

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Cross-Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability Work Stream 1 Proposals Draft Implementation Project Planning
Originating Organization: CCWG-Accountability Est'd Timeframe: February 2016
Description: CCWG Work Stream 1 Proposals Draft Implementation Project Planning.
Staff Contact: Alice Jansen, Adam Peake Email: acct-staff@icann.org

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Proposal for the Root Zone LGR by the Chinese GP
Originating Organization: ICANN Staff Est'd Timeframe: February—June 2016
Description: Proposal for the Root Zone LGR by the Chinese GP.
Staff Contact: Sarmad Hussain Email: sarmad.hussain@icann.org

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Proposal for the Root Zone LGR by the Japanese GP
Originating Organization: ICANN Staff Est'd Timeframe: February—June 2016
Description: Proposal for the Root Zone LGR by the Japanese GP.
Staff Contact: Sarmad Hussain Email: sarmad.hussain@icann.org

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Reference Second Level LGR Batch 2
Originating Organization: ICANN Staff Est'd Timeframe: February—June 2016
Description: Reference Second Level LGR Batch 2.
Staff Contact: Sarmad Hussain Email: sarmad.hussain@icann.org

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Cross-Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability Work Stream 2 Draft Proposals
Originating Organization: CCWG-Accountability Est'd Timeframe: March 2016
Description: CCWG-Accountability Work Stream 2 Draft Proposals
Staff Contact: Alice Jansen, Adam Peake Email: acct-staff@icann.org

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Root Stability Study Draft Report
Originating Organization: ICANN Staff Est'd Timeframe: April 2016
Description: ICANN is planning a technical study examining the impact of the New gTLD Program on the DNS root system. A draft report is expected to be published for public comment.
Staff Contact: Karen Lentz Email: karen.lentz@icann.org

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Cross-Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability Work Stream 1 Proposals Implementation Project Planning
Originating Organization: CCWG-Accountability Est'd Timeframe: May 2016
Description: CCWG Work Stream 1 Proposals Implementation Project Planning.
Staff Contact: Alice Jansen, Adam Peake Email: acct-staff@icann.org

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Cross-Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability Work Stream 2 Proposals
Originating Organization: CCWG-Accountability Est'd Timeframe: June 2016
Description: CCWG Work Stream 2 Proposals.
Staff Contact: Alice Jansen, Adam Peake Email: acct-staff@icann.org

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To view Open, Recently Closed, or Archived Public Comment Proceedings, please click the appropriate link.

Domain Name System
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."