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    ICANN Meetings Internationalized domain names
    posted by jon on Wednesday February 28 2001, @05:22PM

    ICANN staff have invited public comment, in advance of the Melbourne meeting, on the introduction of internationalized domain names (IDNs).

    Introduction of IDNs has been a mess so far. Verisign has elbowed in with its "testbed," promising to take new registrations live using its own technology (for a fee, of course), notwithstanding that the relevant IETF working group has reached no agreement on which technological approach to use; various other players have deployed their own, inconsistent, solutions. Into this morass steps ICANN, asking (always in the passive voice) such questions as what changes it should make in the UDRP to address IDN cybersquatting, how to determine "an appropriate level of funding for education and outreach" on IDNs, and what changes it should make to its registry and registrar agreements. A primary purpose of ICANN's registry and registrar agreements, the notice informs us, is "to promote reasonable and fair business practices" within the DNS. It continues: "Should the adoption of new terms in registry and registrar agreements be accomplished through an ICANN policy development process?" One might have thought that of course any policy-driven changes ICANN makes to the agreements should be the product of a policy-development process -- but, come to think of it, the original contracts weren't . . .

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    Re: Internationalized domain names
    by michael (froomkin@lawUNSPAM.tm) on Wednesday February 28 2001, @06:31PM (#342)
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    One particularly curious thing about the ICANN approach to IDNS so far is the absence of a role for the DNSO. Isn't this what the DNSO is supposed to be for? Does the Board plan to have a nice discussion, or does it plan to do something? And if the latter, will the DNSO have any role? Or is the staff's theory that the Board resolution it quotes gives it all the authority it needs? (Or, is the staff's theory that the DNSO is irrelevant on the grounds it is dysfunctional?)
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