[UA-discuss] FW: ICANN News Alert -- ICANN and UASG Announce Results of Universal Acceptance Study for New gTLDs

Ram Mohan rmohan at afilias.info
Tue Sep 15 14:37:57 UTC 2015

ICANN News Alert
News Alert

ICANN and UASG Announce Results of Universal Acceptance Study for New gTLDs

14 September 2015

ICANN, in conjunction with the Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG)
announced the availability of a new report: *An Analysis of New gTLD
Universal Acceptance*. Universal Acceptance (UA) is the concept of removing
all technical barriers that might hinder a user from accessing any name in
any top-level domain (TLD) from any web browser, email client, or other
Internet application on any computer or electronic device. The report,
sponsored by ICANN, is available here
<http://www.potaroo.net/reports/Universal-Acceptance/UA-Report.pdf> [PDF,
1.63 MB].

APNIC Labs, the research arm of the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre
(APNIC) <https://www.apnic.net/>, conducted the tests and analysis, which
included measuring overall and per-country acceptance of certain generic
top-level domains (gTLDs) by end-users and the domain name system (DNS) as
a whole. The tests show that there were no underlying infrastructure
obstacles to the accessibility of any TLDs.

"These results were in-line with our expectations," said ICANN's Chief
Technology Officer, David Conrad. "However, there will need to be changes
to systems and software to fully leverage the global opportunities these
new TLDs enable."

Conrad went on to note that the results of the APNIC Labs tests identified
occasional problems with Adobe's Flash product working in Microsoft's
Internet Explorer and Mozilla's Firefox when accessing Internationalized
Domain Name (IDN) TLDs.

UASG Chair Ram Mohan said "The problems identified in the report resulted
in a larger than expected number of IDN TLDs being unresolvable, clearly an
issue for Universal Acceptance. The UASG is reaching out to Microsoft,
Mozilla and Adobe to further investigate and mitigate this issue identified
in the report, and ensure problems are resolved for all TLDs." Mohan also
strongly encouraged members of the Internet community to join the UASG and
facilitate the proliferation of Universal Acceptance for all TLDs.

To learn more about the Universal Acceptance visit the UASG Wiki
<https://community.icann.org/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=47255444> or ICANN's
webpage. Interested parties are also invited to join the discuss list:

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