[council] Motion for JIG Response to Aug 2011 Board Resolution on Single Character IDN TLDs

Ching Chiao chiao at REGISTRY.ASIA
Wed Dec 7 16:03:39 UTC 2011

Hi everyone,

Please find the motion below (as well as the attached doc) from the JIG for
consideration by the council in response to the Board Resolution regarding
Single Character IDN TLDs in August.

Thank you very much!



WHEREAS, the JIG (Joint ccNSO/GNSO IDN Working Group) was formed by mutual
charters between the ccNSO and GNSO councils, and extended (ccNSO:
http://ccnso.icann.org/workinggroups/minutes-council-23aug11-en.pdf | GNSO:
http://gnso.icann.org/resolutions/#201107) to complete its work on the 3
identified issues of common interest between the ccNSO and GNSO;

WHEREAS, the subject of Single Character IDN TLDs was discussed at the GNSO
IDN WG, the GNSO Reserved Names WG and incorporated into the GNSO New gTLD
Recommendations, and consistently resulted in community consensus to allow
the implementation of Single Character IDN TLDs;

WHEREAS, the JIG developed and published an Initial Report on Single
Character IDN TLDs (
http://ccnso.icann.org/workinggroups/jig-initial-report-26jul10-en.pdf) for
public comments (
http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-2-27jul10-en.htm) and
incorporated the comments (
http://forum.icann.org/lists/jig-initial-report/pdfaul7JXcqaa.pdf) into a
draft Final Report (
http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-04dec10-en.htm) for
further public comments,

WHEREAS, the JIG conducted a public session during the Cartagena ICANN
meetings (http://cartagena39.icann.org/node/15395);

WHEREAS, the JIG incorporated comments received (
http://forum.icann.org/lists/jig-draft-final-report/pdfQxF383O30Q.pdf) and
completed a Final Report (
which was approved by the ccNSO (
http://ccnso.icann.org/workinggroups/minutes-council-10may11-en.pdf) and
GNSO (http://gnso.icann.org/resolutions/#201107) councils;

WHEREAS, the ICANN Board made a resolution at their August 25, 2011 meeting
regarding the subject:
http://www.icann.org/en/minutes/resolutions-25aug11-en.htm#5; and,

WHEREAS, the JIG considered the resolution and found it to be in
contradiction with the community consensus on the matter,

NOW THEREFORE RESOLVED that, upon the mutual resolution from both the GNSO
and ccNSO councils on the subject, the Council Chairs would send to the
ICANN Board the following letter in response to their August 2011
resolution on Single Character IDN TLDs:


JIG (Joint ccNSO/GNSO IDN Working Group) Response to ICANN Board Resolution
on Single Character IDN TLDs

Dear ICANN Board,

First of all, we appreciate activity at the ICANN Board regarding Single
Character IDN TLDs.  In response to the August 2011 resolution (
http://www.icann.org/en/minutes/resolutions-25aug11-en.htm#5) however, we
express our disappointment and concern on 3 critical aspects:

1. Both the ccNSO and the GNSO councils have at multiple occasions
expressed a consensus principle that the introduction of IDN gTLDs or IDN
ccTLDs should not be delayed because of lack of readiness of one category.  The
August 2011 Board resolution (by specifying that “processes for delegation
of single-character IDN TLDs will be made available after the first gTLD
application round and conclusion of IDN ccTLD policy work.”) perhaps
inadvertently conflicted with this community consensus understanding and
should be rectified or clarified.

2. The issue of Single Character IDN TLDs have gone through at least 4
rounds of community discussions, including at the GNSO IDN WG (
http://gnso.icann.org/drafts/idn-wg-fr-22mar07.htm), the GNSO Reserved
Names WG (
incorporated into the GNSO New gTLD recommendations (
http://gnso.icann.org/issues/new-gtlds/pdp-dec05-fr-parta-08aug07.htm), and
of course the JIG report (
).  Each time there is consistent consensus support from the community for
allowing Single Character IDN TLDs in the new gTLD process (including the
first round), and no objections were received from any of the ACs.  The
August 2011 Board resolution specifying that Single Character IDN TLDs not
be included in the first round ignores this repeated community consensus
without reasonable rationale.

3. While the August 2011 Board resolution generally requested input from a
collection of ACs, there is a lack of progressive direction towards the
implementation of Single Character IDN TLDs.  Furthermore, while input from
ACs is always welcome, given the multitude of public comment periods
already conducted for the subject, including participation from SSAC
members, with consistent consensus response, such consultation with ACs
should not become an arbitrary hurdle for the implementation of Single
Character IDN TLDs, especially for the New gTLD process.

Single Character IDN TLDs is not simply a “good to have” feature, but a
necessary requirement for some of the IDN communities in order to allow
broadly attractive and competitive gTLDs.  As an example, for Chinese IDN
TLDs, the prohibition of Single Character IDN TLDs would effectively devoid
the community of single-syllable-single-word TLDs, which is otherwise
acceptable for English and other alphabetic based language TLDs (e.g.
“.word” would be an acceptable ASCII single-syllable-single-word TLD, yet a
similar single-syllable-single-word TLD “.字” would not be acceptable for
Chinese), creating an unjustified situation of inequity, and significantly
hindering the adoption of IDN.

The JIG, through the ccNSO and GNSO councils therefore sincerely urges the
Board to:

a.  Implement the community consensus of allowing Single Character IDN TLDs
without restricting such implementation to being after the first round of
the new gTLD process, and to decouple the requirement that IDN ccTLD or IDN
gTLD mechanisms wait for the other;

b. If necessary, form an implementation team to assist staff in immediately
implementing Single Character IDN TLDs for scripts and languages where the
input of a Single Character requires multiple keystrokes (e.g.
ideographical scripts, and avoiding the potential technical concern of
keyboard layouts identified in the JIG report), and for the team to further
guide implementation for other scripts as well as coordinate input from the
ACs; and,

c. Update or amend the New gTLD Applicant Guidebook for such implementation
before the application period for the first round is over.

The JIG and the significantly affected language communities are prepared to
support ICANN staff and Board in the swift implementation of Single
Character IDN TLDs without compromising the security and stability of the
Internet.  The JIG further believes that minor adjustments to the Applicant
Guidebook would suffice and is ready to work with staff closely to complete
its implementation.

We look forward to the positive response and actions from the Board.


ccNSO Council (approval: [LINK])

GNSO Council (approval: [LINK])

JIG -- Joint ccNSO/GNSO IDN Working Group



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