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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 Staff Contact Estimated Timeframe
Proposed Registry Agreement Amendments to Release Country and Territory Names from Reservation Krista Papac Ongoing

Description: As ICANN continues to receive RSEP (Registry Service Evaluation Process) requests to release of country & territory names, and following ICANN's determination there are no security, stability or competition concerns, proposed amendments to the requesting registries registry agreement are batched and posted for public comment.

Potential Proposed Registry Agreement Amendments to Implement Registry Services Krista Papac Ongoing

Description: As ICANN continues to receive RSEP (Registry Service Evaluation Process) requests to introduce new registry services where a material change to the registry agreement is required to implement the service, community input, following ICANN's determination there are no security, stability or competition concerns, on the proposed amendments will be posted for public comment.

Proposed Renewal of .MOBI TLD Sponsored Registry Agreement Krista Papac November 2016

Description: Renewal of .MOBI Registry Agreement.

.WED Registry Agreement Amendment (Updated) – Introduction of Third Level Domain Sales Krista Papac November 2016

Description: ICANN will publish a revised draft amendment to the .WED Registry Agreement to implement a Registry Services Evaluation Policy (RSEP) request submitted by Atgron, Inc. (the .WED Registry Operator) to sell third level domains. The proposed amendment being posted was revised to address community comments raised during the initial public comment period, which was initiated on 3 June 2014.

ccTLD Delegation, Revocation, and Retirement Review Mechanism Policy Development Process Initial Report Joke Braeken November 2016

Description: Request for issue report: see ccNSO council decision 12007 as published on https://ccnso.icann.org/about/council/decisions-resolutions/2016

Formal Policy development processes to address the lack of policy with respect to retirement of ccTLDs and Appeals Mechanism on issues of delegation, revocation and retirement of ccTLDs. Part of the IANA stewardship transition process has demanded that the process or processes need to be commenced, to fill the void of lack of relevant policy. Based on experience to date, the scope of a policy development process or policy related process (DRD WG/FOIWG) and underlying issues that need to be addressed, determine in large the intensiveness and duration of these processes.

Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review Draft Report Margie Milam November 2016
At-Large Review 2 Independent Examiner Draft Report Larisa Gurnick December 2016
Framework for Registries to Respond to Security Threats Krista Papac December 2016

Description: ICANN will seek greater community input on a proposed Framework for Registries to Respond to Security Threats developed by a Drafting Team composed of Registry, Registrar and GAC Public Safety Working Group.

International Governmental Organization/International Non-Governmental Organization Identifiers Protection Policy Implementation Krista Papac December 2016

Description: ICANN will seek community input on the proposed implementation of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Policy recommendations for the Protection of IGO and INGO Identifiers in All gTLDs.

Internationalized Domain Names Implementation Guidelines Initial Recommendations Sarmad Hussain December 2016
Proposal for Thai Script Label Generation Rule for the Root Zone Sarmad Hussain December 2016
Proposed Renewal of .ASIA TLD Registry Agreement Krista Papac January 2017

Description: Renewal of .ASIA Registry Agreement.

Proposed Renewal of .COOP TLD Registry Agreement Krista Papac January 2017

Description: Renewal of .COOP Registry Agreement.

CCWG on the Use of Country and Territory Names as Top-Level Domains Initial Report Joke Braeken January 2017

Description: Interim report of the Cross-Community Working Group: Framework for Use of Country and Territory Names as TLDs (CWG-UCTN) addressed in carrying out its tasks as described in the Charter (http://ccnso.icann.org/workinggroups/unct-framework-charter-27mar14-en.pdf). This document records the CWG-UCTN's discussions and findings regarding feasibility for a harmonized framework for the use of country and territory names as top-level Internet domains (TLDs). Consistent with the CWG-UCTN's Charter, it provides "a view and analysis of the [CWG-UCTN's] objective, a draft Recommendation and its rationale."

Next Generation Registration Directory Services Policy Development Process Initial Report – Phase I Marika Konings January 2017

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

Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms in All gTLDs Policy Development Process Initial Report – Phase I Mary Wong January 2017

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

GNSO International Governmental Organizations/International Non-Governmental Organizations Access to Curative Rights Policy Development Process Initial Report Mary Wong January 2017

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/igo-ingo-crp-access

GNSO Operating Procedures Proposed Amendments (as a result of the IANA Stewardship Transition) Julie Hedlund January 2017

Description: Request for public comments on amendments to the GNSO Operating Procedures as a result of the IANA Stewardship Transition and Changes to the ICANN Bylaws.

New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Policy Development Process Initial Report Steve Chan January 2017

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

FY18 ICANN Operating Plan and Budget and Five-Year Operating Plan Xavier Calvez February 2017

Description: We have published ICANN's draft plans for FY18 for community discussion and public comment and are seeking structured feedback. There are two main documents:

  • The draft Five-Year Operating Plan Update describes progress against our long term goals, with updates to Key Performance Indicators, dependencies, and the phasing of planned work.
  • The draft FY18 Operating Plan and Budget provides a detailed view of the work planned for FY18 along with the planned budget, including projected funding.

Additional supporting document will be provided to help the community more fully understand these two key elements.

CCWG-Accountability Work Stream 2 Recommendations Karen Mulberry February 2017

Description: CCWG-Accountability Work Stream 2 is preparing recommendations for additional enhancements and reforms that are important and relevant to enhance ICANN's accountability after the IANA stewardship transition.

Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone Version 2 Sarmad Hussain February 2017
Study on Internationalized Domain Name Variant Top-Level Domain Implementation Sarmad Hussain February 2017
ICANN58 | 11-16 March 2017 | Copenhagen, Denmark
Internationalized Domain Names Implementation Guidelines Recommendations Sarmad Hussain April 2017
CCWG-Accountability Work Stream 2 Recommendations Karen Mulberry April 2017

Description: CCWG-Accountability Work Stream 2 is preparing recommendations for additional enhancements and reforms that are important and relevant to enhance ICANN's accountability after the IANA stewardship transition.

Continuous Data-Driven Analysis of Root Stability Study Final Report Eleeza Agopian April 2017

Description: The final report of the Continuous Data-Driven Analysis of Root Server System Stability will provide a cumulative look at the full set of data the CDAR consortium has examined in its assessment of the root server system. It will also incorporate any public comments received from the publication of the interim report in October 2016.

ICANN59 | 26-29 June 2017 | Johannesburg, South Africa
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."