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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
Proposed Renewal of .MOBI TLD Sponsored Registry Agreement Krista Papac January 2016
DNS Abuse: Draft Literature Review Brian Aitchison February 2016
DNS Abuse: Effectiveness of Safeguards to Mitigate Malicious Conduct in the DNS Brian Aitchison February 2016
IDN Implementation Guidelines Revisions Sarmad Hussain February 2016
Reference Second Level Label Generation Rules (Batch One) Sarmad Hussain February 2016
ICANN55 | 5-10 March 2016 | Marrakech, Morocco
Five-Year Operating Plan Update and Draft FY17 Operating Plan and Budget Leo Vegoda March 2016
Framework for Registries to Respond to Security Threats Krista Papac March 2016
IGO-INGO Access to Curative Rights Protection Mechanisms Policy Development Process Working Group Initial Report Mary Wong March 2016
Privacy and Proxy Services Accreditation Issues Policy Development Process Working Group Recommendations Mary Wong March 2016
Proposal for Khmer Script Label Generation Rule for the Root Zone Sarmad Hussain March 2016
Proposed Framework of Principles for Cross-Community Working Groups Steve Chan March 2016
IGO/INGO Identifiers Protection Policy Implementation Krista Papac April 2016
Independent Review of the Trademark Clearinghouse Draft Report Karen Lentz April 2016
Operational Standards for Reviews Larisa Gurnick April 2016
Proposal for Lao Script Label Generation Rule for the Root Zone Sarmad Hussain April 2016
Proposal for Thai Script Label Generation Rule for the Root Zone Sarmad Hussain April 2016
Reference Second Level Label Generation Rules (Batch Two) Sarmad Hussain April 2016
IDN Variant TLD Implementation Sarmad Hussain May 2016
ICANN56 | 25-30 June 2016 | Panama City, Panama
GNSO Review Recommendations Implementation Larisa Gurnick June 2016
Proposed Amendments to GNSO Operating Procedures Julie Hedlund June 2016
Proposal for Chinese Script Label Generation Rule for the Root Zone Sarmad Hussain June 2016
Proposal for Japanese Script Label Generation Rule for the Root Zone Sarmad Hussain June 2016
Proposal for Chinese Script Label Generation Rule for the Root Zone Sarmad Hussain July 2016
Proposal for Japanese Script Label Generation Rule for the Root Zone Sarmad Hussain July 2016
Continuous Data-Driven Analysis of Root Server System Stability Draft Report Eleeza Agopian August 2016
IDN Implementation Guidelines Initial Recommendations Sarmad Hussain August 2016
Comprehensive Update on ATRT2 Recommendations Implementation Larisa Gurnick September 2016
IDN ccTLD Fast-Track Process Review Sarmad Hussain September 2016
Phase 2 Assessment of the Competitive Effects Associated with the New gTLD Program Eleeza Agopian September 2016
ICANN57 | 29 October-4 November 2016 | San Juan, Puerto Rico
Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review Draft Report Margie Milam October 2016
Cross-Community Working Group on the Use of Country and Territory Names as Top-Level Domains Initial Report Lars Hoffmann October 2016
Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone Version 2.0 Sarmad Hussain October 2016
Proposed Renewal of .TEL TLD Sponsored Registry Agreement Krista Papac October 2016
Review of the At-Large Organization Independent Examiner Draft Report Larisa Gurnick December 2016
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."