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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
Potential Proposed Registry Agreement Amendments to Implement Registry Services Cyrus Namazi 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.
Competition, Consumer Trust & Consumer Choice Review Team – New Sections to Draft Report Alice Jansen November 2017
Description: Call for input on CCT-RT's second draft report and recommendations.
Enhancing Accountability – Recommendations for Jurisdiction Patrick Dodson November 2017
Description: CCWG-Acct WS2 Recommendations for Jurisdiction.
Enhancing Accountability – Recommendations for Ombudsman Patrick Dodson November 2017
Description: CCWG-Acct WS2 Recommendations for Ombudsman.
Enhancing Accountability – Recommendations and Guidelines for Staff Accountability Patrick Dodson November 2017
Description: CCWG-Acct WS2 Recommendations for Staff Accountability.
Proposed Renewal of .ASIA TLD Registry Agreement Cyrus Namazi November 2017
Description: Renewal of .ASIA Registry Agreement.
Competition, Consumer Trust & Consumer Choice Review Team – Final Report Alice Jansen December 2017
Description: Call for input on CCT-RT's final report to inform Board decision.
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.
Next Generation Registration Directory Services Policy Development Process Initial Report – Phase I Marika Konings December 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
New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Policy Development Process Initial Report Steve Chan December 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
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
Security, Stability, and Resiliency of the Domain Name System (SSR)2 Review: Draft Report Alice Jansen January 2018
Description: Request for community comments on the draft report from the SSR2 Review Team.
Proposal for Greek Script Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone Sarmad Hussain February 2018
Description: This aims to gather comments on the Greek 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.
Proposal for Japanese Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone Sarmad Hussain March 2018
Description: This aims to gather comments on the Japanese 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.
Enhancing Accountability Recommendations – Final Report Patrick Dodson March 2018
Description: CCWG-Acct WS2 Recommendations Final Report.
ICANN61 | 10-15 March 2018 | San Juan, Puerto Rico
Nominating Committee (NomCom)2 Review: Draft Report and Recommendations Lars Hoffmann April 2018
Description: Request for community comments on the draft report and recommendations from the NomCom2 Review Independent Examiner.
Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC)2 Review: Draft Report and Recommendations Lars Hoffmann April 2018
Description: Request for community comments on the draft report and recommendations from the RSSAC2 Review Independent Examiner.
Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC)2 Review: Draft Report and Recommendations Lars Hoffmann May 2018
Description: Request for community comments on the draft report and recommendations from the SSAC2 Review Independent Examiner.
ICANN62 | 25-28 June 2018 | Panama City, Panama
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."