ICANN: Coordination Team Formed for IDN Variant Issues Project

The benefits and risks associated with the potential delegation of variant TLDs have been widely discussed. On 20 April 2011, ICANN announced the initiation of the IDN Variant Issues Project. This project is dedicated to identifying the issues involved in the delegation and use of IDN Variant TLDs.

To achieve that goal, on 9 June 2011, ICANN announced the formation of six case study teams – Arabic, Devanagari, Chinese, Cyrillic, Greek and Latin scripts. Since then, these teams have been working hard on identifying issues involved in IDN Variant TLDs in their particular scripts with the expectation that each of these teams will publish their reports prior to the ICANN meeting in Dakar (24-28 October). After that, a final integrated issues report will be published, describing the challenges associated.

IDN Variant Issues Project Phases

Figure 1 – The project incorporates individual script case studies, a synthesis of the issues, and an additional phase toward developing solutions.

Today, the first of the reports are being published for public comment:

  • Chinese Case Study Report
  • Devanagari Case Study Report
  • The remaining case study reports (Arabic, Cyrillic, Greek and Latin) are expected shortly and will be posted for public comment.

Additionally, we are pleased to announce the formation of a team, comprised of experts from the case study teams, who will advise ICANN in completing a consolidated issues report that will summarize and synthesize the issues identified by the case study teams. The group”s work in preparation of this consolidated report is scheduled to start in October at the ICANN public meeting in Dakar, Senegal.

The individual members of the issues report coordination team (listed below) have expertise in the areas of: DNS, IDNA, linguistics, security and scalability, policy, registry/registrar operations, and community representation.

An all-day working session of the coordination team members only is being planned for the Dakar meeting, followed by an open public session at which representatives from the case study teams and the ICANN project team will present the case studies and provide an update on the consolidated issues report.

Interested members of the community can receive updates and participate in the discussions of this work by subscribing to vip@icann.org mailing list (https://mm.icann.org/mailman/listinfo/vip) or by visiting https://community.icann.org/display/VIP/.

Issues Report Coordination Team

  1. Harald Alvestrand
  2. Raiomond Doctor
  3. Neha Gupta
  4. Sarmad Hussain
  5. Manal Ismail
  6. Akshat Joshi
  7. Cary Karp
  8. Mahesh Kulkarni
  9. Xiaodong Lee
  10. Evangelos Melagrakis
  11. Panagiotis Papaspiliopoulos
  12. Vaggelis Segredakis
  13. James Seng
  14. Vladimir Shadrunov
  15. Alexei Sozonov
  16. Joseph Yee

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