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Upcoming Public Comment Proceedings

In order to keep the community informed about future public comments proceedings, this page provides high-level descriptions for topics that are under consideration with links to relevant documents that can provide more context where applicable. The topics and dates presented are offered as informed predictions of when certain proceedings are expected to open but should not be relied upon as specific date announcements.

Upcoming Public Comment Proceeding ICANN Org. Contact Estimated Timeframe
Interim Report on the on the Proposed Policy Recommendations for the Retirement of ccTLDs Bart Boswinkel February 2021
Description: The Interim Report includes consultation on proposed policy recommendations for the retirement of ccTLDs and separation of ccPDP3 part 1 (retirement of ccTLDs) and part 2; proposed policy recommendations for review mechanism of decisions pertaining to the delegation, transfer, revocation and retirement of ccTLDs.
Domain Abuse Activity Reporting (DAAR) 2.0 John Crain March 2021
Description: Domain Abuse Activity Reporting (DAAR) 2.0 is seeking public comments.
Proposal for Root Server System Governance Carlos Reyes March 2021
Description: The Root Server System Governance Working Group (RSS GWG) will publish for Public Comment its draft proposal for evolving the governance of the Root Server System. The proposal is based on the model developed by the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) in RSSAC037. Learn more.
Proposal for Myanmar Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR) Sarmad Hussain March 2021
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.
Proposal for Latin Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR) Sarmad Hussain March 2021
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.
Proposed Renewal of .AERO Registry Agreement Danielle Gordon March 2021
Description: ICANN Organization is seeking input on the proposed .aero renewal agreement.
ICANN70 | 22-25 March 2021 | Virtual Community Forum
Proposed Renewal of the .NAME Registry Agreement Karla Hakansson April 2021
Description: ICANN org is seeking input on the proposed renewal of the .name Registry Agreement.
North America Engagement Plan Naela Sarras May 2021
Description: The GSE North America team along with a community advisory group will develop the next iteration of the North America Region Enagement Plan. The team expects to proivde the draft plan for public comment to get additional input from the community after which the plan will incorporate input received and published.
ICANN71 | 14-17 June 2021 | The Hague, The Netherlands
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."