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Upcoming Public Comment Proceedings

In order to keep the community informed about future public comments proceedings, this page provides high-level descriptions for topics that are under consideration with links to relevant documents that can provide more context where applicable. The topics and dates presented are offered as informed predictions of when certain proceedings are expected to open but should not be relied upon as specific date announcements.

Upcoming Public Comment Proceeding ICANN Org. Contact Estimated Timeframe
Hyperlocal Deployment Plan Roy Arends March 2020
Description: Hyperlocal Deployment Plan is seeking public comments.
Proposed Renewal of .AERO Registry Agreement Danielle Gordon March 2020
Description: ICANN Organization is seeking input on the proposed .aero renewal agreement.
Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs) in All gTLDs Policy Development Process Initial Report – Phase I Julie Hedlund March 2020
Description: The GNSO's Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs) PDP WG was chartered in March 2016 to conduct a two-phased PDP. In Phase One, which is ongoing, the WG is reviewing all the RPMs that were developed for the 2012 New gTLD Program. This includes developing possible recommendations concerning the use and effectiveness of the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) Sunrise and Trademark Claims RPMs, as well as the Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) RPMs. The WG anticipates publishing its Phase One Initial Report for public comment.
Proposed Renewal of the .name Registry Agreement Karla Hakansson April 2020
Description: ICANN org seeking input on the proposed renewal of the .name Registry Agreement.
ATRT3: Final Report & Recommendations Negar Farzinnia April 2020
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.
Second Level Reference Label Generation Rules Sarmad Hussain April 2020
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.
Domain Abuse Activity Reporting (DAAR) 2.0 John Crain April 2020
Description: Domain Abuse Activity Reporting (DAAR) 2.0 is seeking public comments.
Proposal for Myanmar Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR) Sarmad Hussain April 2020
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. Based on the feedback, the Myanmar script GP will finalize the proposal for submission for integration into the Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone.
Proposal for Latin Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR) Sarmad Hussain April 2020
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. Based on the feedback, the Latin script GP will finalize the proposal for submission for integration into the Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone.
Name Collision Analysis Project (NCAP) Study 1 – Phase 2 Matt Larson May 2020
Description: Name Collision Analysis Project (NCAP) Study 1 is seeking public comments to follow up on the Phase 1 of the study.
Root Zone Label Generation Rules version 4 (RZ-LGR-4) Sarmad Hussain June 2020
Description: RZ-LGR is developed following the Procedure to Develop and Maintain the Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone in Respect of IDNA Labels. 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 fourth version of RZ-LGR (RZ-LGR-4) follows the previous version (RZ-LGR-3) to support additional scripts as more proposals from Generation Panels become available. It will ensure that these future additions are upwardly compatible.
Proposed Amendments to the Registry Agreement and Registrar Accreditation Agreement to add RDAP Karla Hakansson June 2020
Description: ICANN org is seeking input on the proposed amendments to the Base gTLD Registry Agreement and the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement to incorporate the contractual requirements for RDAP into the registration data directory services and to define the plan and provisions to sunset the obligations related to WHOIS protocol and services.
Second Security, Stability, and Resiliency (SSR2) Review Team Final Report Jennifer Bryce June 2020
Description: The final report of the second Security, Stability and Resiliency Review (SSR2) 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.
L-Root Placement and Methodology Study Roy Arends June 2020
Description: L-Root Placement and Methodology Study is seeking public comments.
ICANN68 | 22-25 June 2020 | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
New gTLD Subsequent Procedures – Draft Final Recommendations Steve Chan July 2020
Description: The GNSO's New gTLD Subsequent Procedures PDP WG is working towards its set of draft final recommendations. The WG expects to publish the entire draft Final Report for public comment, though it will likely seek to solicit targeted feedback on certain sections.
Draft PTI and IANA FY22 Operating Plan and Budget Becky Nash September 2020
Description: ICANN Organization is seeking community input and feedback on two documents, the Draft PTI FY22 Operating Plan and Budget, and the Draft IANA FY22 Operating Plan and Budget.
ICANN69 | 17-22 October 2020 | Hamburg, Germany
Draft ICANN FY22 Operating Plan and Budget Becky Nash December 2020
Description: ICANN Organization is seeking community input and feedback on the Draft ICANN FY22 Operating Plan and Budget.
ICANN70 | 20-25 March 2020 | Cancun, Mexico
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."