[council] President's Advisory Committee on IDNs
Bruce.Tonkin at melbourneit.com.au
Thu Sep 15 11:54:10 UTC 2005
I note from the Board minutes of the Kuala Lumpur meeting (23 July
That the ICANN Board asked the President to establish a President's
Advisory Committee on IDN, to provide the Board and ICANN community with
advice on issues that relate to IDN policies, in particular issues that
impact the implementation of IDN especially at the top level.
See full resolution below.
Whereas, the ICANN Board recognizes that it is important that the
Internet evolve to be more accessible to those who do not use the ASCII
Whereas, the Board notes that the internationalization of the Internet's
domain name system must be accomplished through standards that are open,
non-proprietary, and fully compatible with the Internet's existing
end-to-end model and that preserve globally unique naming in a
universally resolvable public name space.
Whereas, the IETF has adopted a four-part protocol suite defining a
standard for internationalized domain names in applications that was
published as RFCs 3490, 3491, 3492, and 3454.
Whereas, a broad range of registries, experts, and other stakeholders in
the ICANN community have been working hard for several years to develop
registry-level registration policies, for example RFC 3743.
Whereas, the ICANN Board has had Working Groups investigate facts and
identify issues that may arise concerning IDN's and these Committees
have reported to the community.
Whereas, the Board reiterates the importance of implementing the
technical standards for IDN's in a coordinated manner, that does not
destabilize the global, single root, unique identifier system.
Whereas the Board recognises that significant work remains to be
undertaken outside of ICANN's scope in order to provide end-to-end
availability of IDN's to end-users and that close co-ordination of these
efforts is needed.
Whereas, ICANN is committed to the further study of IDNs in the TLD
space, and commits to facilitating venues in which IDN can be discussed,
and encourages venues to further encourage the implementation of IDNs.
Resolved [04.68] that the ICANN staff report to the Board and community
on the implementation status of IDNs and pending issues.
Resolved further [04.69] that the ICANN staff work with registries and
other administrators who use IDNs to report back on usability,
successes, and other relevant experiences.
Resolved [04.70] to thank the IDN Workshop organizers and participants
for their important contributions to the Workshop, and sharing of
knowledge on issues surrounding the implementation of IDN.
Resolved [04.71] that the Board instructs the President to establish a
President's Advisory Committee on IDN, to provide the Board and ICANN
community with advice on issues that relate to IDN policies, in
particular issues that impact the implementation of IDN especially at
the top level.
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