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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
Draft Initial Review on Rights Protection Mechanisms November 2014
Initial Report of the Translation and Transliteration PDP Working Group November 2014
Multi-Year Planning Calendar November-December 2014
Initial Proposal of Cross Community Working Group on IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal for Naming Related Functions December 2014
New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Discussion Group January 2015
WHOIS Accuracy Reporting System Initial Report January 2015
Recommendations of the Policy and Implementation Working Group January-February 2015
Initial Report of the Privacy and Proxy Services Accreditation Issues Working Group January-February 2015
Proposed Amendments to Policy Recommendations Concerning Protections for the Names and Acronyms of Certain International Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations January-March 2015
ICANN Meeting #52: 8-12 February 2015, Singapore
Final Report of the Translation and Transliteration PDP Working Group February 2015
GNSO Review: Independent Examiner Draft Report February-March 2015
Proposed Guidelines for the Establishment and Operations of Future Cross-Community Working Groups February-March 2015
GNSO Data and Metrics for Policymaking Working Group March 2015
Preliminary Issue Report on Possible GNSO Review of Rights Protection Mechanisms March-May 2015
Policy Recommendations of Translation and Transliteration PDP Prior to Board Consideration April 2015
Integrated Approach to Organizational Reviews May-June 2015
ICANN Meeting #53: 21-25 June 2015, TBD
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

 

Public Comments – Upcoming

Draft Initial Review on Rights Protection Mechanisms
Originating Organization: ICANN staff Est'd Timeframe: November 2014
Description: Request for stakeholder feedback on draft review of rights protection mechanisms (RPMs) in the New gTLD Program.
Staff Contact: Karen Lentz Email: karen.lentz@icann.org

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Initial Report of the Translation and Transliteration PDP Working Group
Originating Organization: GNSO Council Est'd Timeframe: November 2014
Description: Request for stakeholder feedback on the Initial Report of the Translation and Transliteration PDP Work Party.
Staff Contact: Julie Hedlund / Lars Hoffman Email: julie.hedlund@icann.org

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Multi-Year Planning Calendar
Originating Organization: ICANN Est'd Timeframe: November-December 2014
Description: Request for stakeholder feedback on the Multi-Year Planning Calendar and defined set of Roles and Responsibilities.
Staff Contact: Carole Cornell Email: carole.cornell@icann.org

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Initial Proposal of Cross Community Working Group on IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal for Naming Related Functions
Originating Organization: Cross Community Working Group Est'd Timeframe: December 2014
Description: Request for stakeholder feedback on the recommendations of the proposed transition proposal of the CWG on the IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal for Naming Related Functions.
Staff Contact: Grace Abuhamad Email: grace.abuhamad@icann.org

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New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Discussion Group
Originating Organization: GNSO Council Est'd Timeframe: January 2015
Description: Request for stakeholder feedback on the Discussion Group's collection of issues identified from the first round of the New gTLD Program and the proposed mechanisms for resolving the issues.
Staff Contact: Steve Chan Email: policy-staff@icann.org

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WHOIS Accuracy Reporting System Initial Report
Originating Organization: ICANN Est'd Timeframe: January 2015
Description: Request for stakeholder feedback on the WHOIS Accuracy Reporting System Initial Report
Staff Contact: Margie Milam Email: margie.milam@icann.org

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Recommendations of the Policy and Implementation Working Group
Originating Organization: GNSO Council Est'd Timeframe: January-February 2015
Description: Request for stakeholder feedback on the recommendations of the Policy & Implementation Working Group.
Staff Contact: Marika Konings Email: policy-staff@icann.org

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Initial Report of the Privacy & Proxy Services Accreditation Issues Working Group
Originating Organization: GNSO Council Est'd Timeframe: January-February 2015
Description: Request for stakeholder feedback on proposed policy recommendations for ICANN's planned Privacy & Proxy Accreditation Program.
Staff Contact: Mary Wong / Marika Konings Email: policy-staff@icann.org

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Proposed Amendments to Policy Recommendations Concerning Protections for the Names and Acronyms of Certain International Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations
Originating Organization: GNSO Council Est'd Timeframe: January-March 2015
Description: Request for stakeholder feedback on proposed amendments to policy recommendations concerning protections for the names and acronyms of certain International Governmental Organizations and the Red Cross movement.
Staff Contact: Mary Wong Email: policy-staff@icann.org

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Final Report of the Translation and Transliteration PDP Working Group
Originating Organization: GNSO Council Est'd Timeframe: February 2015
Description: Request for stakeholder feedback on the Final Report of the Translation and Transliteration PDP Work Party.
Staff Contact: Julie Hedlund / Lars Hoffman Email: julie.hedlund@icann.org

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GNSO Review: Independent Examiner Draft Report
Originating Organization: ICANN Board – Structural Improvements Committee Est'd Timeframe: February-March 2015
Description: Request for stakeholder feedback on the initial findings and recommendations of the Independent Examiner conducting the organizational review of the GNSO.
Staff Contact: Larisa Gurnick Email: larisa.gurnick@icann.org

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Proposed Guidelines for the Establishment and Operations of Future Cross-Community Working Groups
Originating Organization: ccNSO and GNSO Councils Est'd Timeframe: February-March 2015
Description: Request for stakeholder feedback on proposed guidelines for the initiation, chartering, operation and termination of cross-community working groups at ICANN.
Staff Contact: Mary Wong / Steve Chan / Bart Boswinkel Email: policy-staff@icann.org

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GNSO Data & Metrics for Policy Making Working Group
Originating Organization: GNSO Council Est'd Timeframe: March 2015
Description: Request for stakeholder feedback on the DMPM WG's Initial Report that will contain draft recommendations on how GNSO Working Groups can more effectively use data to better inform the policy development process.
Staff Contact: Steve Chan Email: Policy-staff@icann.org

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Preliminary Issue Report on Possible GNSO Review of Rights Protection Mechanisms
Originating Organization: GNSO Council Est'd Timeframe: March-May 2015
Description: Request for stakeholder feedback on issues concerning a possible GNSO review of all existing rights protection mechanisms, including those developed for the New gTLD Program
Staff Contact: Mary Wong / Marika Konings Email: policy-staff@icann.org

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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."