The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) concluded its 32nd International Public Meeting in Paris today after four days of discussions that will shape the future of the Internet.
The conclusion of the meeting saw the approval of a proposal to expand the world’s Domain Name System and to work on adapting it to accommodate top level domain names in scripts such as Arabic, Cyrillic or other non-Latin scripts.
“This was an extremely successful meeting that will be remembered as a milestone in the development of the Internet,” said Peter Dengate Thrush, ICANN’s Board Chairman. “New generic Top Level Domains and Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) will open up the Internet and make it look as diverse as the people who use it,” Dengate Thrush added.
Other important resolutions passed by the ICANN board included:
- The adoption of two measures to eliminate “domain tasting” (the practice of using the add grace period to register domain names in bulk to test their profitability)
- The adoption of ICANN’s Operating Plan and Budget for fiscal year 2008-2009.
- Begin public input on a report on the “fast track” for Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) for country codes and have staff work with the community on how to implement IDNs.
- Implementation of measures to improve the Generic Name Supporting Organization (GNSO), and a timeline for agreement on how different groups are represented on it.
- Selection of Mexico City as the site of ICANN’s first meeting in 2009.