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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 Cyrus Namazi 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 Cyrus Namazi 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 .ASIA TLD Registry Agreement Cyrus Namazi May 2017
Description: Renewal of .ASIA Registry Agreement.
International Governmental Organization/International Non-Governmental Organization Identifiers Protection Policy Implementation Cyrus Namazi May 2017
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.
GNSO Operating Procedures Proposed Amendments (as a result of the IANA Stewardship Transition) Julie Hedlund May 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.
ccTLD Delegation, Revocation, and Retirement Review Mechanism Policy Development Process Initial Report Joke Braeken May 2017
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.
Framework for Registries to Respond to Security Threats Cyrus Namazi May 2017
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.
Proposed Renewal of .MUSEUM TLD Registry Agreement Cyrus Namazi May 2017
Description: Renewal of .MUSEUM Registry Agreement.
Proposed Renewal of .COOP TLD Registry Agreement Cyrus Namazi May 2017
Description: Renewal of .COOP Registry Agreement.
Enhancing Accountability – Recommendations and Guidelines for Staff Accountability Patrick Dodson June 2017
Description: CCWG-Acct WS2 Recommendations for Staff Accountability.
Root Zone Label Generation Rules Version 2.0 Sarmad Hussain June 2017
Description: The second edition of Root Zone LGR includes additional scripts whose proposals by the Generation Panels have been successfully evaluated by the Integration Panel. The comment period aims to gather any final community input based on integrating these additional scripts.
Proposed Renewal of .NET TLD Registry Agreement Cyrus Namazi June 2017
Description: Renewal of .NET Registry Agreement.
Statistical Analysis of DNS Abuse in Top Level Domains Eleeza Agopian June 2017
Description: The Competition, Consumer Trust & Consumer Choice Review Team (CCTRT) requested an analysis of rates of abusive activities in new and legacy generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs). This DNS Abuse Study will focus on rates of spam, phishing, malware distribution, and botnet command-and-control activities in the global Domain Name System from 2014 to present, as well as employ inferential statistical analysis to analyze the effect of DNSSEC deployment on abuse rates in new and legacy gTLDs.
Enhancing Accountability – Recommendations for Diversity Patrick Dodson June 2017
Description: CCWG-Acct WS2 Recommendations for Diversity
Enhancing Accountability – Recommendations for Cooperative Engagement Process Patrick Dodson June 2017
Description: CCWG-Acct WS2 Recommendations for Cooperative Engagement Process.
ICANN59 | 26-29 June 2017 | Johannesburg, South Africa
Address Supporting Organization Review Lars Hoffmann July 2017
Description: Draft Report by the independent examiner, ITEMS, containing analysis and recommendations.
Draft Operating Standards Lars Hoffmann July 2017
Description: Request for community comments on a proposal to standardize operating procedures for Reviews.
Proposal for Cyrillic Script Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone Sarmad Hussain August 2017
Description: This aims to gather comments on the Cyrillic Script Root Zone LGR Proposal from those who have not participated in the Generation Panel and would like to review the proposal before its final evaluation for integration into the Root Zone.
Competition, Consumer Trust & Consumer Choice Review Team – Second Draft Report Margie Milam August 2017
Description: Call for input on CCT-RT's second draft report and recommendations.
Enhancing Accountability – Recommendations for Ombudsman Patrick Dodson September 2017
Description: CCWG-Acct WS2 Recommendations for Ombudsman.
Privacy and Proxy Service Provider Accreditation Program Amy Bivins September 2017
Description: ICANN will seek community input on the proposed implementation of a new privacy and proxy service provider accreditation program, pursuant to final GNSO Recommendations adopted by the Board in August, 2016. The proposed Policy and processes to be published for comment are being developed by ICANN staff in collaboration with the Implementation Review Team. Information about the progress of the IRT's work is available on the community wiki at https://community.icann.org/display/IRT/Privacy+and+Proxy+Services+Accreditation+Implementation.
FY19 Public Technical Identifiers Operating Plan & Budget Xavier Calvez October 2017
Description: Draft of Public Technical Identifiers' (PTI's) FY19 Operating Plan and Budget for community discussion and public comment. This is the draft Operating Plan and Budget for PTI's second complete fiscal year of operations. PTI was incorporated in August 2016.
Enhancing Accountability – Recommendations for Jurisdiction Patrick Dodson October 2017
Description: CCWG-Acct WS2 Recommendations for Jurisdiction.
ICANN60 | 28 October - 3 November 2017 | Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Nominating Committee (NomCom)2 Review: Assessment Report Lars Hoffmann November 2017
Description: Request for community comments on the assessment report from the NomCom2 Review Independent Examiner.
Competition, Consumer Trust & Consumer Choice Review Team – Final Report Margie Milam November 2017
Description: Call for input on CCT-RT's final report to inform Board decision.
Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC)2 Review: Assessment Report Lars Hoffmann November 2017
Description: Request for community comments on the assessment report from the RSSAC2 Review Independent Examiner.
Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT)3 Review: Assessment Report Larisa Gurnick December 2017
Description: Request for community comments on the assessment report from the third Accountability and Transparency Review Team.
New gTLD Auction Proceeds Cross Community Working Group (CCWG) – Initial Report Marika Konings December 2017
Description: Publication of the CCWG's Initial Report for public comment. The CCWG is tasked with developing a proposal(s) for consideration by the Chartering Organizations on the mechanism that should be developed in order to allocate the new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) Auction Proceeds.
Next Generation Registration Directory Services Policy Development Process Initial Report – Phase I Marika Konings December 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
New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Policy Development Process Initial Report Steve Chan December 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
Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms in All gTLDs Policy Development Process Initial Report – Phase I Mary Wong January 2018
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
Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC)2 Review: Assessment Report Lars Hoffmann January 2018
Description: Request for community comments on the assessment report from the SSAC2 Review Independent Examiner.
Security, Stability, and Resiliency of the Domain Name System (SSR)2 Review: Draft Report Margie Milam January 2018
Description: Request for community comments on the draft report from the SSR2 Review Team.
Proposal for Greek Script Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone Sarmad Hussain February 2018
Description: This aims to gather comments on the Greek Script Root Zone LGR Proposal from those who have not participated in the Generation Panel and would like to review the proposal before its final evaluation for integration into the Root Zone.
Proposal for Japanese Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone Sarmad Hussain March 2018
Description: This aims to gather comments on the Japanese Root Zone LGR Proposal from those who have not participated in the Generation Panel and would like to review the proposal before its final evaluation for integration into the Root Zone.
Nominating Committee (NomCom)2 Review: Draft Report and Recommendations Lars Hoffmann March 2018
Description: Request for community comments on the draft report and recommendations from the NomCom2 Review Independent Examiner.
Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC)2 Review: Draft Report and Recommendations Lars Hoffmann March 2018
Description: Request for community comments on the draft report and recommendations from the RSSAC2 Review Independent Examiner.
Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC)2 Review: Draft Report and Recommendations Lars Hoffmann March 2018
Description: Request for community comments on the draft report and recommendations from the SSAC2 Review Independent Examiner.
Enhancing Accountability Recommendations – Final Report Patrick Dodson March 2018
Description: CCWG-Acct WS2 Recommendations Final Report.
ICANN61 | 10 March - 15 March 2018 | San Juan, Puerto Rico
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."