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Upcoming Public Comment Proceedings

Upcoming Public Comment Proceeding ICANN Org. Contact Estimated Timeframe
Streamlining of Organizational Reviews Lars Hoffmann April 2019
Description: The ICANN org is seeking community input and feedback on streamlining of Organizational Reviews.
Registration Directory Service (RDS-WHOIS2) Review Team Final Report & Recommendations Negar Farzinnia April 2019
Description: The Registration Directory Service (RDS-WHOIS2) Review Team will submit its Final Report and Recommendations to the ICANN Board of Directors. The final report is submitted for public comment to inform the ICANN Board actions on the RDS`s final recommendations.
Public Interest Commitment Dispute Resolution Procedure (PICDRP) Improvements Valerie Heng May 2019
Description: Improvement of implementation of PICDRP to clarify some of the operational gaps in handling PIC reports as identified by the ICANN Complaints Officer.
Recommendations on the Technical Use of the Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR) Sarmad Hussain May 2019
Description: Second version of the Root Zone Label Generation Rules (RZ-LGR-2) was released in August 2017, integrating six script proposals, as other script proposals are being finalized. The Root Zone Label Generation Rules Study Group (RZ-LGR-SG) has been constituted to study and make recommendations for the technical use of RZ-LGR in a harmonized way across IDN TLDs. RZ-LGR-SG is making recommendations for this purpose, which are being shared with the community. The SG seeks feedback from the community to finalize these recommendations to share them with the ICANN Board.
Label Generation Rules (LGR) for the Root Zone Version 3 (RZ-LGR-3) Sarmad Hussain June 2019
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. 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) follows the previous version (RZ-LGR-2) to support additional scripts as more proposals from GPs become viable. It will ensure that these future additions are upwardly compatible.
Proposal for Myanmar Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR) Sarmad Hussain June 2019
Description: The Myanmar script community has formed the Myanmar script Generation Panel (GP), which in turn has developed the Proposal for the Myanmar Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules. As per the LGR Procedure, this proposal is being posted for public comments to allow those who have not participated in the Myanmar script GP to make their views known to the GP. Based on the feedback, the Myanmar script GP will finalize the proposal for submission for integration into the Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone.
Uniform Dispute Resolution Procedure (UDRP) Policy Status Report Antonietta Mangiacotti June 2019
Description: ICANN org seeks community input on the data and analysis included in the UDRP Policy Status Report, which will be submitted for the consideration of the GNSO Council and the Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPM) in All gTLDs Policy Development Process (PDP) Working Group.
ccNSO Review: Draft Final Report Lars Hoffmann June 2019
Description: Meridian Institute, the independent examiner conducting the second review of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO), is expecting to seek input on its draft final report.
Concept Paper: A New Cooperation and Governance Model for the Root Server System (RSS) Carlos Reyes June 2019
Description: This is a two-part Concept Paper from the ICANN Board prepared by the ICANN organization for a community-driven process to develop a new cooperation and governance model for the RSS.
CCWG-Accountability WS2 Implementation Assessment Plan Karen Mulberry June 2019
Description: This Public Consultation seeks community input on the proposed plans to implement the Board approved/adopted WS2 Final Report recommendations.
FY21-FY25 Operating & Financial Plan - Phase I Draft Victoria Yang June 2019
Description: The FY21-FY25 Operating & Financial Plan will be developed in 2 phases. This public comment seeks community input on the Phase I draft, which includes the descriptions of the plan structure, funding model, and the strategic initiatives to implement the FY21-FY25 Strategic Plan.
ICANN65 | 24-27 June 2019 | Marrakech, Morocco
Proposed Amendments to ICANN Bylaws Section 12.2.c Carlos Reyes July 2019
Description: In March 2019, the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) approved changes to its operational procedures regarding its leadership structure that prompt amendments to Section 12.2.c of the ICANN Bylaws.
Draft Proposal of the New NextGen@ICANN Approach Ergys Ramaj July 2019
Description: ICANN Organization is seeking community input and feedback on the draft Proposal of the New NextGen@ICANN Approach, as part of the community consultation process to review existing practices and define the vision for the future of the NextGen@ICANN Program.
Consensus Policy on Protection of Identifiers for Red Cross Society Dennis Chang July 2019
Description: Comments sought on the implementation plan for the protection of identifiers for Red Cross Society.
Proposal for Latin Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR) Sarmad Hussain July 2019
Description: The Latin script community has formed the Latin script Generation Panel (GP), which in turn has developed the Proposal for the Latin Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules. As per the LGR Procedure, this proposal is being posted for public comments to allow those who have not participated in the Latin script GP to make their views known to the GP. Based on the feedback, the Latin script GP will finalize the proposal for submission for integration into the Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone.
SSR2 Review: Draft Final Report Negar Farzinnia August 2019
Description: The Second Security, Stability, and Resiliency of the Domain Name System (SSR2) Review Team is expecting to seek input on its draft final report.
Translation and Transliteration of Contact Information Policy Draft Brian Aitchison September 2019
Description: ICANN Org seeks community input on the draft version of the "Translation and Transliteration of Contact Information" policy.
Draft PTI and IANA FY21 Operating Plan and Budget Becky Nash September 2019
Description: ICANN Organization is seeking community input and feedback on two documents, the Draft PTI FY21 Operating Plan and Budget, and the Draft IANA FY21 Operating Plan and Budget.
Maximal Starting Repertoire Version 5 (MSR-5) Sarmad Hussain October 2019
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" and the starting point for the work by community based Generation Panels to develop their LGR proposals. Version 5 of the Maximal Starting Repertoire (MSR-5) is upwardly compatible version of the MSR-4, and is being published for feedback before finalization.
Reference Second Level Label Generation Rules Sarmad Hussain October 2019
Description: To facilitate and improve consistency of testing and stability of registry operations of new gTLDs, ICANN and the community have developed reference Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) tables in machine readable format, called Label Generation Rulesets (LGRs) for the second level, for use in Pre-Delegation Testing (PDT) and the Registry Service Evaluation Process (RSEP). These are being published for public comment for finalization.
ATRT3: Draft Final Report Negar Farzinnia October 2019
Description: The third Accountability and Transparency Review (ATRT3) is expected to seek input on its draft final report.
ICANN66 | 2-7 November 2019 | Montréal, Canada
SSR2 Review: Final Report Negar Farzinnia November 2019
Description: The final report of the Second Security, Stability, and Resiliency of the Domain Name System (SSR2) Review Team is expected to be submitted to the ICANN Board of Directors. The final report is submitted for public comment to inform the ICANN Board actions on the SSR2's final recommendations.
Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs) in All gTLDs Policy Development Process Initial Report – Phase I Julie Hedlund November 2019
Description: The PDP Working Group of the Review of All RPMs in all gTLDs to seek community input and feedback on its Phase One Initial Report focusing on the review of all the RPMs that were developed for the 2012 New gTLD Program.
Draft ICANN FY21 Operating Plan and Budget Becky Nash December 2019
Description: ICANN Organization is seeking community input and feedback on the Draft ICANN FY21 Operating Plan and Budget.
FY21-FY25 Operating & Financial Plan - Phase II Draft Victoria Yang December 2019
Description: The FY21-FY25 Operating & Financial Plan will be developed in 2 phases. This public comment seeks community input on the Phase II draft, which is the full plan.
ICANN67 | 7-12 March 2020 | Cancun, Mexico
ATRT3: Final Report & Recommendations Negar Farzinnia April 2020
Description: The final report of the third Accountability and Transparency Review (ATRT3) is expected to be submitted to the ICANN Board of Directors. The final report is submitted for public comment to inform the ICANN Board actions on the ATRT3's final 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."