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Renewals of Registry Agreements for Several Legacy Top-Level Domains

Russ Weinstein

February 2019

Description: The Registry Agreements for several legacy TLDs, including .BIZ, .INFO, .ORG, and .AERO are set to expire in June 2019. ICANN will solicit community feedback on the bilaterally negotiated proposals for the renewal agreements in advance of Board consideration.

Recommendations on the Technical Use of the Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR)

Sarmad Hussain

February 2019

Description: The Root Zone Label Generation Rules Study Group (RZ-LGR-SG) has been constituted to study and make recommendations for the technical use of RZ-LGR in a harmonized way across IDN TLDs. RZ-LGR-SG is making recommendations for this purpose, which are being shared with the community.

Label Generation Rules (LGR) for the Root Zone Version 3 (RZ-LGR-3)

Sarmad Hussain

February 2019

Description: 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 third version of RZ-LGR (RZ-LGR-3) follows the previous version (RZ-LGR-2) to support additional scripts as proposals from more GPs become viable. It ensures that these future additions are upwardly compatible.

Proposal for Latin Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR)

Sarmad Hussain

February 2019

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.

Reference Second Level Label Generation Rules

Sarmad Hussain

February 2019

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.

Public Interest Commitment Dispute Resolution Procedure (PICDRP) Improvements

Valerie Heng

February 2019

Description: Improvement of PICDRP to clarify some of the operational gaps in handling PIC reports.

Registration Directory Service (RDS-WHOIS2) Review Team Final Report & Recommendations

Negar Farzinnia

February 2019

Description: The Registration Directory Service (RDS-WHOIS2) Review Team will submit its Final Report and Recommendations to the ICANN Board of Directors. The final report is submitted for public comment to inform the ICANN Board actions on the RDS`s final recommendations.

Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) Final Report for ICANN Board consideration

Marika Konings

February 2019

Description: The Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data EPDP Team is being chartered to determine if the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data should become an ICANN Consensus Policy, as is or with modifications, while complying with the GDPR and other relevant privacy and data protection regulations. It is the expectation that following the submission of the Final Report by the GNSO Council, the ICANN Board will, as customary when it receives the GNSO policy recommendations, open a public comment proceeding prior to considering the policy recommendations for adoption.

Translation and Transliteration of Contact Information Policy Draft

Brian Aitchison

March 2019

Description: ICANN Org seeks community input on the draft version of the "Translation and Transliteration of Contact Information" policy.

Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs) in All gTLDs Policy Development Process Initial Report – Phase I

Julie Hedlund

March 2019

Description: The PDP Working Group of the Review of All RPMs in all gTLDs to seek community input and feedback on its Phase One Initial Report focusing on the review of all the RPMs that were developed for the 2012 New gTLD Program.

SSR2 Review: Draft Final Report

Negar Farzinnia

March 2019

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.

Proposed gTLD-Registration Data Access protocol (RDAP) Service-Level Agreement and Registry Reporting Requirements

Francisco Arias

March 2019

Description: The Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data adopted by the ICANN Board on 17 May 2018 directed the creation of a gTLD-RDAP service-level agreement, and registry reporting requirements as a prerequisite to launching the Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP) service across the gTLD space. ICANN org has received a proposal from a discussion group of gTLD registries and registrars and is seeking input from the community.

ICANN64 | 9-14 March 2019 | Kobe, Japan

Proposal for Greek Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR)

Sarmad Hussain

April 2019

Description: The Greek script community has formed the Greek script Generation Panel (GP), which in turn has developed the Proposal for the Greek 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 Greek script GP to make their views known to the GP.

Proposal for Myanmar Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR)

Sarmad Hussain

April 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.

Proposal for Chinese Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR)

Sarmad Hussain

April 2019

Description: The Chinese community has formed the Chinese script Generation Panel (GP), which in turn has developed the Proposal for the Chinese 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 GP to make their views known to the GP. Based on the feedback, the Chinese GP will finalize the proposal for submission for integration into the Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone.

ccNSO Review: Draft Final Report

Lars Hoffmann

May 2019

Description: Meridian Institute, the independent examiner conducting the second review of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO), is expecting to seek input on its draft final report.

Implementation of Privacy and Proxy Services Accreditation Program

Amy Bivins

May 2019

Description: ICANN Org will publish documents, drafted as part of the Privacy and Proxy Services Accreditation Program implementation project, for public comment.

Consensus Policy on Protection of Identifiers for Red Cross Society

Dennis Chang

June 2019

Description: Comments sought on the implementation plan for the protection of identifiers for Red Cross Society.

ICANN65 | 24-27 June 2019 | Marrakech, Morocco

SSR2 Review: Final Report

Negar Farzinnia

July 2019

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.

Draft Proposal of the New NextGen@ICANN Approach

Ergys Ramaj

July 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.

CCWG-Accountability WS2 Implementation Plan

Karen Mulberry

July 2019

Description: This Public Consultation seeks community input on the proposed plans to implement the Board approved/adopted WS2 Final Report recommendations.

Proposal for Korean Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR)

Sarmad Hussain

July 2019

Description: The Korean community has formed the Korean script Generation Panel (GP), which in turn has developed the Proposal for the Korean 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 Korean GP to make their views known to the GP.

Proposal for Japanese Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR)

Sarmad Hussain

July 2019

Description: The Japanese community has formed the Japanese script Generation Panel (GP), which in turn has developed the Proposal for the Japanese 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 Japanese GP to make their views known to the GP.

ATRT3: Draft Final Report

Negar Farzinnia

September 2019

Description: The third Accountability and Transparency Review (ATRT3) is expected to seek input on its draft final report.

Draft PTI and IANA FY21 Operating Plan and Budget

Becky Nash

September 2019

Description: ICANN Organization is seeking community input and feedback on two documents, the Draft PTI FY21 Operating Plan and Budget, and the Draft IANA FY21 Operating Plan and Budget.

ICANN66 | 2-7 November 2019 | Montréal, Canada

ATRT3: Final Report & Recommendations

Negar Farzinnia

December 2019

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.

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."