ICANN Announcements

Steps Taken for Multilingual Internet

ITU, UNESCO and ICANN collaborate at Internet Governance Forum

RIO DE JANEIRO: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the International Telecommunication Union, and UNESCO will collaborate on global efforts to forge universal standards towards building a multilingual cyberspace. The three agencies organized a workshop on this subject today during the second Internet Governance Forum (IGF) taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 12 to 15 November 2007.

The Internet is a key factor in developing a more inclusive and development-oriented information society, which stresses plurality and diversity instead of global uniformity. Multilingualism is a key concept to ensure cultural diversity and participation for all linguistic groups in cyberspace. There is growing concern that hundreds of local languages may be sidestepped, albeit unintentionally in the radical expansion of Internet communication and information. The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) recognized the importance attached to linguistic diversity and local content, with UNESCO given the responsibility to coordinate implementation of the Summit Action Line.

ICANN Announcements

ASAP: Internationalized Country Code Top-Level Domains

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

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.

ICANN Announcements

ICANN Opens Public Comments on Revised Proposal from the Czech Arbitration Court (CAC) to Become a UDRP Provider

ICANN has received a revised proposal from the Czech Arbitration Court (CAC) to be recognized as one of the official dispute resolution providers under the UDRP.

Background to Posting

The initial CAC application was posted on the ICANN website by ICANN Board direction for a thirty day public comment period .

The proposal was posted on the ICANN website on 25 May 2007 and the public comment period was open for a period which officially closed on 25 June 2007.

ICANN Announcements

ICANN CEO Speaks at Opening of Internet Governance Forum

RIO DE JANEIRO : Dr Paul Twomey, President and CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, took part in today’s opening session of the 2007 Internet Governance Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:

“The Internet Governance Forum brings together a diverse group of individuals in the aim of sharing knowledge and experience over and about this one global interoperable Internet,” Dr Twomey said.

ICANN Announcements

Implementation of Registrar Data Escrow Program

ICANN has concluded negotiations and entered into an agreement with Iron Mountain Intellectual Property Management, Inc. to provide escrow services under ICANN’s Registrar Data Escrow (RDE) program. ICANN selected Iron Mountain through a competitive Request for Proposals process concluded earlier this year.

Under the data escrow provision of the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA), all ICANN-accredited registrars must regularly deposit a backup copy of their gTLD registration data with ICANN through ICANN’s arrangement with Iron Mountain or they may elect to use a Third Party Provider of RDE services that has been approved by ICANN. The data held in escrow may be released to ICANN upon termination of a registrar’s accreditation agreement or expiration of the accreditation agreement without renewal to facilitate transfer of registrations from the failed registrar to another registrar. ICANN plans to have all accredited registrars enrolled in the RDE program within the next six months.

“The vast majority of ICANN-accredited registrars offer high levels of service and integrity,” said Dr. Paul Twomey, ICANN’s President and CEO. “But as we have seen, there is the risk that a poorly performing registrar can hurt registrants significantly. ICANN’s Registrar Data Escrow program provides an important additional layer of protection for registrants.”

ICANN and Iron Mountain will begin enrolling registrars in the RDE program immediately. Registrars who elect to use Iron Mountain’s escrow service will be required to enter into a standardized agreement with ICANN and Iron Mountain [PDF, 49K]. Escrow agents who wish to apply for approval as a Third Party Provider (TPP) should review ICANN’s TPP Approval Criteria [PDF, 21K] and TPP Approval Process Diagram [PDF, 121K], and submit a completed TPP Application [PDF, 21K, MS Word, 61K] to ICANN. All registrars and escrow agents must comply with ICANN’s RDE Specifications [PDF, 33K].