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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
Proposal for Chinese Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR) Sarmad Hussain October 2019
Description: The Chinese script community has formed the Chinese script Generation Panel (GP), which in turn has developed the Proposal for the Chinese 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 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.
Proposed Approach for Future Root Zone KSK Rollovers Kim Davies October 2019
Description: Following the completion of the first rollover of the Root Zone KSK, we seek feedback on our proposed approach to schedule future rollovers and associated key management activity.
Consensus Policy on Protection of Identifiers for Red Cross Society Dennis Chang October 2019
Description: Comments sought on the implementation plan for the protection of identifiers for Red Cross Society.
Draft Community Travel Support Guidelines Carlos Reyes October 2019
Description: Public comments sought on the revisions to the Community Travel Support Guidelines
Draft Proposal of the New NextGen@ICANN Approach Ergys Ramaj October 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.
Registration Data Policy Dennis Chang October 2019
Description: Comments sought on the registration data policy.
New gTLD Auction Proceeds Cross-Community Working Group (CCWG) Proposed Final Report Marika Konings October 2019
Description: The CCWG may decide to seek community input on its proposed Final Report prior to submission to the chartering organizations.
ICANN66 | 2-7 November 2019 | Montréal, Canada
Name Collision Analysis Project (NCAP) Study 1 Matt Larson November 2019
Description: Name Collision Analysis Project (NCAP) Study 1 is seeking public comments.
New gTLD Subsequent procedures – Select Draft Final Recommendations Steve Chan November 2019
Description: The GNSO's New gTLD Subsequent Procedures PDP WG is working towards its set of final recommendations. While no final decision on a public comment has been made, some WG members have asked that because some draft final recommendations may be new to the community, an additional public comment period is warranted. This public comment period can be considered tentatitve.
Draft Public Interest Framework Ergys Ramaj November 2019
Description: The ICANN Board and ICANN Organization are seeking community input and feedback on the draft Public Interest Framework, as part of a bottom-up community-driven process to develop a framework as a toolkit for the community to consider the global public interest.
Translation and Transliteration of Contact Information Policy Draft Brian Aitchison November 2019
Description: ICANN Org seeks community input on the draft version of the "Translation and Transliteration of Contact Information" policy.
ATRT3: Draft Final Report Negar Farzinnia November 2019
Description: The third Accountability and Transparency Review (ATRT3) is expected to seek input on its draft final report.
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.
Draft FY21-FY25 Operating & Financial Plan Victoria Yang December 2019
Description: ICANN Organization is seeking community input and feedback on ICANN Draft FY21-FY25 Operating & Financial Plan
Proposal for Myanmar Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR) Sarmad Hussain December 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.
Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data – Phase 2 Marika Konings December 2019
Description: The EPDP Team on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data - Phase 2 to seek community input and feedback on its Phase 2 Initial Report.
Plan for Root Zone Scaling Early Warning System Paul Hoffman December 2019
Description: ICANN Organization is seeking community input and feedback on the plan for root zone scaling early warning system.
Maximal Starting Repertoire Version 5 (MSR-5) Sarmad Hussain January 2020
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.
L-Root Placement and Methodology Study Roy Arends January 2020
Description: L-Root Placement and Methodology Study is seeking public comments.
Hyperlocal Deployment Plan Roy Arends January 2020
Description: Hyperlocal Deployment Plan is seeking public comments.
Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs) in All gTLDs Policy Development Process Initial Report – Phase I Julie Hedlund January 2020
Description: The GNSO's Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs) PDP WG was chartered in March 2016 to conduct a two-phased PDP. In Phase One, which is ongoing, the WG is reviewing all the RPMs that were developed for the 2012 New gTLD Program. This includes developing possible recommendations concerning the use and effectiveness of the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) Sunrise and Trademark Claims RPMs, as well as the Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) RPMs. The WG anticipates publishing its Phase One Initial Report for public comment.
Proposal for Latin Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR) Sarmad Hussain February 2020
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.
Middle East Engagement Strategy Baher Esmat February 2020
Description: ICANN's Global Stakeholder Engagement Team for the Middle East is seeking feedback and input from stakeholders with interest in the region on the new regional strategy. The new regional strategy is inline with ICANN's 2021-2025 Strategic Plan.
SSR2 Review: Draft Final Report Negar Farzinnia February 2020
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.
ICANN67 | 7-12 March 2020 | Cancun, Mexico
Name Collision Analysis Project (NCAP) Study 1 – Phase 2 Matt Larson March 2020
Description: Name Collision Analysis Project (NCAP) Study 1 is seeking public comments.
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.
Second Level Reference Label Generation Rules Sarmad Hussain April 2020
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.
Domain Abuse Activity Reporting (DAAR) 2.0 John Crain April 2020
Description: Domain Abuse Activity Reporting (DAAR) 2.0 is seeking public comments.
Root Zone Label Generation Rules version 4 (RZ-LGR-4) Sarmad Hussain June 2020
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 fourth version of RZ-LGR (RZ-LGR-4) follows the previous version (RZ-LGR-3) to support additional scripts as more proposals from Generation Panels become available. It will ensure that these future additions are upwardly compatible.
CCWG-Accountability WS2 Implementation Plan Karen Mulberry June 2020
Description: Comments requested on the ICANN org Draft WS2 Implementation Plan based on Board approved recommendations from the WS2 Final Report.
ICANN68 | 22-25 June 2020 | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
SSR2 Review: Final Report Negar Farzinnia September 2020
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.
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."