[council] Regarding GNSO IDN working group

Bruce Tonkin Bruce.Tonkin at melbourneit.com.au
Mon Oct 23 01:36:37 UTC 2006

Hello Mawaki,

The archives of the working group are available here:

The initial intent was to review the issues report and identify how to
proceed.  Part of the issue was how to separate or combine the work that
might be done by the GNSO versus the ccNSO.

Two teleconferences were held (in different timezones).

The summary of the discussions is available here:


Recordings of those teleconferences can be accessed in the usual place:

There was a physical meeting of the working group in Marrakech.

A summary of that meeting is available at:

Part of this discussion focussed on whether there was support for the
development of a table of IDN-ccTLDs, and treat all other IDNs as new

The physical meeting formed the basis for a presentation at the IDN
workshop the following day:
http://forum.icann.org/lists/gnso-idn-wg/msg00009.html, which basically
outlined how a policy development process might work.

The work shifted to looking a proposed terms of reference for a PDP on
IDNs - this work moved to the Council.  This was on the assumption that
a separate PDP would be formed and the Council needed to approve
initiating the PDP based on an agreed terms of reference.  If a PDP was
initiated it would be expected that the working group would then form
the basis for a PDP task force, and operate under the processes set down
in the ICANN bylaws.

There was further discussion of IDNs during the new gTLD meeting in
Amsterdam and it was agreed that as much as possible IDNs should be
treated in a similar way to the work on new gTLDs.  The exception is
around allowable strings.

During the last Council meeting, it was decided that the additional
policy work required for IDN-gTLDs beyond that already covered by the
new gTLD work, was not yet sufficiently defined.   Thus the GNSO IDN
working group would be reformed to consider more recent work (e.g recent
IETF papers, outcomes of the technical tests etc), and whether
additional work should be done via a PDP (ie there are significant
policy issues), or done via expert working groups.

You are most welcome to join this working group if you wish to follow
that work.

Note I understand that the ccNSO is ramping up its work on this topic,
and the chair of the ccNSO requested a meeting with the GNSO in Brazil
(not sure where that will fit in the schedule yet).

Bruce Tonkin

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