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Public Comments – Upcoming

A vital element in ICANN's processes is the opportunity for public comment on each substantial piece of work before it is considered for approval. In order to keep the community informed about future public comments, this page provides summary data for topics that are being considered with links to relevant documents that can provide fuller descriptions and background information where applicable. The topics and dates presented are offered as informed predictions of when certain forums are expected to be initiated, but should not be relied on as specific date announcements.

To view Open, Recently Closed, or the Archived Public Comments, please click the appropriate link.

Proposed Title/Issue Estimated Timeframe
Policy Recommendations of Translation and Transliteration PDP Prior to Board Consideration April 2015
Integrated Approach to Organizational Reviews May-June 2015
ICANN 53: 21-25 June 2015, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Policy Recommendations of the Privacy and Proxy Services Accreditation Issues Working Group prior to Board Consideration June-July 2015
Initial Report of the Working Group on Access to Curative Rights Protection Mechanisms for International Governmental Organizations and International Non-Governmental Organizations June-October 2015
ICANN Meeting #54: 18-22 October 2015, Dublin, Ireland

 

Policy Recommendations of Translation & Transliteration PDP Prior to Board Consideration
Originating Organization: GNSO Council Est'd Timeframe: April 2015
Description: Request for stakeholder feedback on the policy recommendations of the Translation and Transliteration Policy Development Process prior to Board consideration.
Staff Contact: Julie Hedlund / Lars Hoffman Email: policy-staff@icann.org

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Integrated Approach to Organizational Reviews
Originating Organization: ICANN Board – Structural Improvements Committee Est'd Timeframe: May-June 2015
Description: Request for stakeholder feedback on the updated integrated approach to conducting organizational reviews mandated by the ICANN Bylaws.
Staff Contact: Larisa Gurnick Email: larisa.gurnick@icann.org

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Policy Recommendations of the Privacy & Proxy Services Accreditation Issues Working Group prior to Board Consideration
Originating Organization: GNSO Council Est'd Timeframe: June-July 2015
Description: Request for stakeholder feedback on proposed policy recommendations for ICANN's planned Privacy & Proxy Accreditation Program prior to ICANN Board consideration.
Staff Contact: Mary Wong / Marika Konings Email: policy-staff@icann.org

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Initial Report of the Working Group on Access to Curative Rights Protection Mechanisms for International Governmental Organizations and International Non-Governmental Organizations
Originating Organization: GNSO Council Est'd Timeframe: June-October 2015
Description: Request for stakeholder feedback on proposed recommendations concerning dispute resolution procedures at the second level for names and abbreviations of international governmental and non-governmental organizations.
Staff Contact: Mary Wong / Steve Chan Email: policy-staff@icann.org

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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."