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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.

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Upcoming Public Comment Proceeding ICANN Staff Contact Estimated Timeframe
Proposed Registry Agreement Amendments to Release Country and Territory Names from Reservation Krista Papac Ongoing
Potential Proposed Registry Agreement Amendments to Implement Registry Services Krista Papac Ongoing
Amendment to Base New gTLD Registry Agreement Krista Papac May 2016
Reference Second Level Label Generation Rules Sarmad Hussain May 2016
Framework for Registries to Respond to Security Threats Krista Papac May 2016
Root Zone Evolution Review Committee Charter Trang Nguyen May 2016
ICANN Articles of Incorporation Samantha Eisner May 2016
PTI Formation Documents (Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, and Conflict of Interest Policy) Samantha Eisner June 2016
Proposed Amendments to Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Operating Procedures Julie Hedlund June 2016
Proposal for Lao Script Label Generation Rule for the Root Zone Sarmad Hussain June 2016
Two-Character Comments Consideration Process Krista Papac June 2016
Independent Review of the Trademark Clearinghouse Antonietta Mangiacotti June 2016
ICANN56 | 27-30 June 2016 | Helsinki, Finland
ICANN Fellowship Program Janice Douma Lange July 2016
ICANN – PTI Contract Trang Nguyen July 2016
Phase 2 Assessment of the Competitive Effects Associated with the New gTLD Program Eleeza Agopian July 2016
GNSO IGO-INGO Access to Curative Rights Policy Development Process Working Group Initial Report Mary Wong August 2016
Proposal for Khmer Script Label Generation Rule for the Root Zone Sarmad Hussain August 2016
Proposed Amendments to Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Operating Procedures Julie Hedlund August 2016
GNSO Review Recommendations Implementation Larisa Gurnick August 2016
Operating Standards Larisa Gurnick August 2016
IGO/INGO Identifiers Protection Policy Implementation Krista Papac August 2016
IDN Implementation Guidelines Initial Recommendations Sarmad Hussain September 2016
Thick Whois Policy Implementation - Transition from thin to thick for .COM, .NET and .JOBS Krista Papac September 2016
CCWG-Accountability Work Stream 2 Recommendations Karen Mulberry October 2016
Proceeding Title: Proposed Renewal of .TEL TLD Sponsored Registry Agreement Krista Papac October 2016
Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review Draft Report Margie Milam October 2016
ATRT2 Final Implementation Report Larisa Gurnick October 2016
ICANN57 | 3-9 November 2016 | Hyderabad, India
Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone Version 2 Sarmad Hussain November 2016
Study on IDN Variant TLD Implementation Sarmad Hussain December 2016
At-Large Review2 Independent Examiner Draft Report Larisa Gurnick December 2016
Cross-Community Working Group on the Use of Country and Territory Names as top-level Domains Initial Report Joke Braeken January 2017
Next Generation Registration Directory Services to Replace WHOIS Policy Development Process Initial Report – Phase I Marika Konings January 2017
Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms in All gTLDs Policy Development Process Initial Report – Phase I Mary Wong January 2017
New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Policy Development Process Initial Report Steve Chan January 2017
CCWG-Accountability Work Stream 2 Recommendations Karen Mulberry February 2017
IDN Implementation Guidelines Recommendations Sarmad Hussain February 2017
ICANN58 l 11-16 March 2017 l Copenhagen, Denmark
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"""" is not an IDN."