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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. This page provides information about potential upcoming public comment proceedings to help individuals and the community set priorities and plan future workloads. The topics and dates presented are offered as informed predictions and should not be considered as specific date announcements.

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

Upcoming Public Comment Proceeding ICANN Org. Contact Estimated Timeframe
Process for changes to Community Top Level Domain (TLD) Registration Policies (Specification 12) Amanda Fessenden January 2018
Description: ICANN and a volunteer group of community TLD operators and applicants have developed a proposed process for ICANN to use when considering a Community TLD's proposed changes to the community registration policies (Specification 12 of the Registry Agreement).
.ASIA Registry Agreement Renewal Karla Hakansson January 2018
Description: The .ASIA Registry Agreement is being renewed.
.COOP Registry Agreement Renewal Karla Hakansson January 2018
Description: The .COOP Registry Agreement is being renewed.
Implementation of Privacy and Proxy Services Accreditation Program Amy Bivins January 2018
Description: ICANN will seek community input on the proposed implementation of a new privacy and proxy service provider accreditation program, pursuant to final GNSO Recommendations adopted by the Board in August, 2016. The proposed Policy and processes to be published for comment are being developed by ICANN staff in collaboration with the Implementation Review Team. Information about the progress of the IRT's work is available on the community wiki at https://community.icann.org/display/IRT/Privacy+and+Proxy+Services+Accreditation+Implementation.
Proposal for Devanagari Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR) Sarmad Hussain January 2018
Description: The Devanagari script community has formed the Devanagari script Generation Panel (GP), which in turn will develop a Proposal for the Devanagari Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules. As per the LGR Procedure [PDF, 772 KB], this proposal will be posted for public comments to allow those who have not participated in the Devanagari script GP to make their views known to the GP. Based on the feedback, the Devanagari script GP will finalize the proposal for submission for integration into the Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone.
Draft ICANN FY19 Operating Plan and Budget Becky
Nash
January 2018
Description: ICANN Organization is seeking community input and feedback on the Draft ICANN FY19 Operating Plan and Budget.
Proposal for Korean Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR) Sarmad
Hussain
February 2018
Description: The Korean script community has formed the Korean script Generation Panel (GP), which in turn will develop a Proposal for the Korean Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules. As per the LGR Procedure [PDF, 772 KB], this proposal will be posted for public comments to allow those who have not participated in the Korean script GP to make their views known to the GP. Based on the feedback, the Korean script GP will finalize the proposal for submission for integration into the Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone.
Competition, Consumer Trust & Consumer Choice Review Team – Final Report Alice Jansen February 2018
Description: Call for input on CCT-RT's final report to inform Board decision.
International Governmental Organizations (IGO) – Red Cross Reconvened Working Group Recommendations Mary Wong February 2018
Description: Reconvened Working Group has reached preliminary agreement on the international law basis for protecting Red Cross National Society names and established criteria to define what formal and commonly-used names can be included, and how updates to the list will be handled. This public comment will be based on the reconvened groups final recommendations before being submitted to the GNSO Council for its consideration.
Label Generation Rules (LGR) Procedure Implementation – Maximal Starting Repertoire Version 3 (MSR-3) Sarmad Hussain March 2018
Description: The MSR is a deliverable under the "Procedure to Develop and Maintain Label Generation Rules (LGR) for the Root Zone With Respect to IDN Labels" [PDF, 772 KB] and the starting point for the work by community based Generation Panels to develop their LGR proposals. Version 3 of the Maximal Starting Repertoire (MSR-3) will be upwardly compatible version of the MSR-2.
Guidelines for Second Level String Similarity Review Process Sarmad Hussain March 2018
Description: Guidelines for Second Level String Similarity Review Process will be derived from the ICANN Board of Directors resolutions on 29 October 2017 to provide further guidance on and refinement of the methodology of second string similarity review process. The Guidelines will be added in the Implementation Plan for IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process previously adopted by the Board on 30 October 2009 (and amended on 5 November 2013).
Enhancing Accountability Recommendations – Final Report Patrick Dodson March 2018
Description: CCWG-Acct WS2 Recommendations Final Report.
Proposal for Updated Supported Traveler Guidelines David Olive March 2018
Description: This proceeding aims to clarify and update the travel guidelines for ICANN`s supported travelers.
ICANN61 | 10-15 March 2018 | San Juan, Puerto Rico
New gTLD Auction Proceeds Cross Community Working Group (CCWG) – Initial Report Marika Konings April 2018
Description: Publication of the CCWG's Initial Report for public comment. The CCWG is tasked with developing a proposal(s) for consideration by the Chartering Organizations on the mechanism that should be developed in order to allocate the new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) Auction Proceeds.
Nominating Committee (NomCom) 2 Review: Draft Report and Recommendations Lars Hoffmann April 2018
Description: Request for community comments on the draft report and recommendations from the NomCom2 Review Independent Examiner.
Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) 2 Review: Draft Report and Recommendations Lars Hoffmann April 2018
Description: Request for community comments on the draft report and recommendations from the RSSAC2 Review Independent Examiner.
New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Policy Development Process Initial Report Steve Chan April 2018
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. https://gnso.icann.org/en/group-activities/active/new-gtld-subsequent-procedures
Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) 2 Review: Draft Report and Recommendations Lars Hoffmann May 2018
Description: Request for community comments on the draft report and recommendations from the SSAC2 Review Independent Examiner.
Proposal for Chinese Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR) Sarmad Hussain May 2018
Description: The Chinese script community has formed the Chinese script Generation Panel (GP), which in turn will develop a Proposal for the Chinese Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules. As per the LGR Procedure [PDF, 772 KB], this proposal will be posted for public comments to allow those who have not participated in the Chinese script GP to make their views known to the GP. Based on the feedback, the Chinese script GP will finalize the proposal for submission for integration into the Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone.
Proposal for Gurumukhi Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR) Sarmad Hussain May 2018
Description: The Gurumukhi script community has formed the Gurumukhi script Generation Panel (GP), which in turn will develop a Proposal for the Gurumukhi Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules. As per the LGR Procedure [PDF, 772 KB], this proposal will be posted for public comments to allow those who have not participated in the Gurumukhi script GP to make their views known to the GP. Based on the feedback, the Gurumukhi script GP will finalize the proposal for submission for integration into the Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone.
Translation and Transliteration of Contact Information Draft Policy Brian Aitchison May 2018
Description: Public comments sought on the draft policy language for the Translation and Transliteration of Contact Information implementation.
Proposed .NAME Registry Agreement Renewal Karla Hakansson May 2018
Description: The .NAME Registry Agreement is being renewed.
Next Generation Registration Directory Services Policy Development Process Initial Report – Phase I Marika Konings May 2018
Description: Publication of the Working Group's Initial Report on Phase I for public comment prior to preparation of the Final Report, as required by the GNSO's Policy Development Process Manual and the ICANN Bylaws. https://gnso.icann.org/en/group-activities/active/rds
ICANN62 | 25-28 June 2018 | Panama City, Panama
Potential Changes to the Centralized Zonefile Data System (CZDS) Mert Saka July 2018
Description: The ICANN organization is considering several changes to the Centralized Zonefile Data System and the associated agreements for using the system.
Guidelines for Assessing and Approving the Community Based Reference Second Level Label Generation Rules (LGR) Pitinan Kooarmornpatana July 2018
Description: ICANN will develop the guidelines for assessing and approving the community developed Reference Second Level LGRs (Ref-SL-LGR).The Ref-SL-LGR is a reference in machine readable format for Label Generation Rules that registry operators may reference during the Pre-Delegation Testing (PDT) phase of the New gTLD Program and while undergoing the Registry Service Evaluation Process (RSEP).
Label Generation Rules (LGR) for the Root Zone Version 3 (RZ-LGR-3) Sarmad Hussain August 2018
Description: RZ-LGR is developed following the Procedure to Develop and Maintain the Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone in Respect of IDNA Labels [PDF, 1.39 MB]. RZ-LGR provides a specification to mechanically determine valid IDN Top-Level Domains (TLDs). The RZ-LGR also determines the corresponding set of blocked and allocable variant labels. The third version of RZ-LGR (RZ-LGR-3) will follow the previous version (RZ-LGR-2) to support additional scripts as proposals from more GPs become vaialble. It will ensure that these future additions are upwardly compatible.
Registration Directory Service Review Team (RDS-WHOIS2) Draft Report Alice Jansen August 2018
Description: Call for input on Registration Directory Service Review Team's (RDS-WHOIS2) Draft Report and recommendations.
Proposed Implementation for the Protection of the Red Cross Society Identifiers Dennis Chang September 2018
Description: Consensus policy implementation for the Red Cross Society names protection.
Proposed Implementation for the International Governmental Organizations (IGO) – International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGO) Curative Rights Protection Policy Dennis Chang October 2018
Description: Consensus policy implementation for the curative rights protection mechanism for the IGO & INGO.
Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms in All gTLDs Policy Development Process Initial Report – Phase I Mary Wong October 2018
Description: Publication of the Working Group's Initial Report on Phase I for public comment prior to preparation of the Final Report, as required by the GNSO's Policy Development Process Manual and the ICANN Bylaws. https://gnso.icann.org/en/group-activities/active/rpm
ICANN63 | 20-26 October 2018 | Barcelona, Spain
Draft PTI FY20 Operating Plan and Budget and Draft IANA FY20 Operating Plan and Budget Becky Nash November 2018
Description: ICANN Organization is seeking community input and feedback on two documents, the Draft PTI FY20 Operating Plan and Budget, and the Draft IANA FY20 Operating Plan and Budget.
Registration Directory Service Review Team (RDS-WHOIS2) Final Report Alice Jansen December 2018
Description: Call for input on Registration Directory Service Review Team's (RDS-WHOIS2) implementability of draft recommendations.
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."