Following the completion of the second annual review of the IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process, ICANN is providing this notice of publication for the updated Final Implementation Plan for the IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process [PDF, 881 KB]. The Final Implementation Plan for the IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process describes the requirements and procedures for submitting and processing requests under the IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process.
The changes were included in the Public Comment forum of the second annual review of the IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process under the topic: Proposed changes [PDF, 3.35 MB] to the Final Implementation Plan for IDN ccTLD Fast Track process.
The changes to the Implementation Plan are non-material and include formatting changes, fixing a few typographical and grammatical mistakes, replacing out-of-date URLs, revising the table of contents, and updating the process flow charts in Appendix 1 to Module 5.
Two versions are posted:
- the revised [PDF, 881 KB] IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process Implementation Plan published on 4 June 2012 and
- a version that tracks the changes [PDF, 1.15 MB] from the previous version.
The community should take note that the previous version [PDF, 805 KB] of the IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process Implementation Plan published on 15 December 2011 is now archived and superseded by the revised [PDF, 881 KB] IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process Implementation.
Archived documents remain available under the “IDN Resources” section of the IDN page: www.icann.org/en/resources/idn/more.
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ICANN is pleased to announce the successful completion of String Evaluation on proposed IDN ccTLD string for Pakistan.
Details of the successful evaluation are provided here: icann.org/en/topics/idn/fast-track/string-evaluation-completion-p-en.htm#pk.
The IDN (Internationalized Domain Name) ccTLD Fast Track Process was approved by the ICANN Board at its annual meeting in Seoul, South Korea on 30 October 2009. First requests were received starting 16 November 2009. The process enables countries and territories to submit requests to ICANN for IDN ccTLDs, representing their respective country or territory names in scripts other than Latin. IDN ccTLD requesters must fulfill a number of requirements:
- the script used to represent the IDN ccTLDs must be non-Latin;
- the languages used to express the IDN ccTLDs must be official in the corresponding country or territory; and
- a specific set of technical requirements must be met (as evaluated by an external DNS Stability Panel comprised of DNS and IDN experts).
The request and evaluation processes entail three steps:
- Preparation (by the requester in the country / territory). Community consensus is built for which IDN ccTLD to apply for, how it is run, and which organization will be running it, along with preparing and gathering all the required supporting documentation.
- String Evaluation: incoming requests to ICANN in accordance with the criteria described above: the technical and linguistic requirements for the IDN ccTLD string(s). Applications are received through an online system available together with additional material supporting the process at icann.org/en/topics/idn/fast-track/.
- String Delegation: requests successfully meeting string evaluation criteria are eligible to apply for delegation following the same ICANN IANA process as is used for ASCII based ccTLDs. String delegation requests are submitted to IANA root zone management.
With this announcement, a total of 24 countries/territories requests have successfully passed through the String Evaluation. Of these, 17 countries/territories (represented by 27 IDN ccTLDs) are delegated in the DNS root zone; with the remainder either readying to apply, or actively applying for, delegation of the string. Up-to-date numbers about the IDN Fast Track Program will continue to be provided on the Fast Track Process web page at icann.org/en/topics/idn/fast-track/ and at the ICANN Dashboard on Performance Metrics at https://charts.icann.org/public/index-idn.html.
ICANN is looking forward to enabling the availability of non-Latin country-code domains for countries that qualify. ICANN will continue to accept applications for new requests in the Fast Track process, as well as processing requests through the String Delegation function. Staff support is available to help all countries and territories interested in participating in the Fast Track Process. Please email email@example.com for any inquiries for participation.
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