[council] ICANN holding briefing on IDN ccTLD fast-track process at Internet Governance Forum

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ASAP: Internationalized Country Code Top-Level Domains

ICANN holding briefing on IDN ccTLD fast-track process at Internet 
Governance Forum

13 November 2007

RIO DE JANEIRO: Getting country-code Top Level Domains up and running in 
scripts from local languages through a fast-track process will be 
explained at an information session being held at the Internet 
Governance Forum this Wednesday in Rio.

The session, put on by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and 
Numbers and the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO), will 
provide interested governments and Internet communities with information 
on the work being done to get Internationalized ccTLDs — the part of the 
domain name after the dot — up and running as quickly as possible.

"A lot of hard work has been done on IDNs — and there is a technical 
evaluation of their impact on the root zone going on as we speak. The 
next step is to develop the policies that will see the creation of new 
top-level domains in characters from the languages of the world," said 
Chris Disspain, ccNSO chair. "The goal behind the fast-track process is 
to find a way to represent territory identifications in their local 
languages in operation as ccTLDs as quickly as possible in the areas of 
highest need, without impacting the long term policy process for the 
full implementation of IDNs across the globe."

The idea of an Internationalized Domain Names (IDNC) working group was 
put forward by the ccNSO council and approved by ICANN’s board at the 
Los Angeles meeting that wrapped up earlier this month.

Details on the session:
Date: Wednesday 14 November 2007
Time: 10:30 am to noon
Location: Imperial Room

"This fast-track process will really be driven by those who want to take 
part and get their name in their language on their Internet in their 
country," Disspain added.
Glen de Saint Géry
GNSO Secretariat - ICANN

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