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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.
.WED Registry Agreement Amendment (Updated) – Introduction of Third Level Domain Sales Krista Papac February 2017
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.
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.
CCWG on the Use of Country and Territory Names as Top-Level Domains Initial Report Joke Braeken February 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."
Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review Draft Report Margie Milam February 2017
Description: Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review Draft Report
International Governmental Organization/International Non-Governmental Organization Identifiers Protection Policy Implementation Krista Papac February 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.
Proposed Renewal of .ASIA TLD Registry Agreement Krista Papac February 2017
Description: Renewal of .ASIA Registry Agreement.
Proposed Renewal of .COOP TLD Registry Agreement Krista Papac February 2017
Description: Renewal of .COOP Registry Agreement.
GNSO Operating Procedures Proposed Amendments (as a result of the IANA Stewardship Transition) Julie Hedlund February 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.
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.
Root Zone Label Generation Rules Version 2.0 Sarmad Hussain February 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.
Statistical Analysis of DNS Abuse in Top Level Domains Eleeza Agopian March 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.
ccTLD Delegation, Revocation, and Retirement Review Mechanism Policy Development Process Initial Report Joke Braeken March 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.
Proposal for Ethiopic Script Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone Sarmad Hussain March 2017
Description: This aims to gather comments on the Ethiopic 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.
Internationalized Domain Names Implementation Guidelines Sarmad Hussain March 2017
Description: IDN Implementation Guidelines aim to address secure and stable use of IDNs at the second level, addressing any user confusion issues. These are being revised, to replace the previous version 3.0 published in 2011.
Draft Report of the Study on African Domain Name System Market Pierre Dandjinou March 2017
Description: ICANN will seek comments on Draft Report of the Study on African Domain Name System Market.
ICANN58 l 11-16 March 2017 l Copenhagen, Denmark
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.
Framework for Registries to Respond to Security Threats Krista Papac April 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 Krista Papac April 2017
Description: Renewal of .MUSEUM Registry Agreement.
Draft Framework for The Registry Service Providers Management Improvement Program Francisco Arias May 2017
Description: ICANN plans to work with the community to develop a draft framework to improve the way we manage our relation and processes related to the Registry Service Providers (RSPs).
Next Generation Registration Directory Services Policy Development Process Initial Report – Phase I Marika Konings June 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
ICANN59 l 26-29 June 2017 l Johannesburg, South Africa
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.
New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Policy Development Process Initial Report Steve Chan October 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
ICANN60 l 28 October - 3 November 2017 l Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Privacy and Proxy Service Provider Accreditation Program Amy Bivins December 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.
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.
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
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."