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An Important Step Toward the Implementation of IDN Top-Level Domains: New Versions of IDNA Protocol Revision Proposals Posted

Revised papers of the technical standards that define the implementation of IDNs — the standards are called IDNA — were recently released via the IETF editors. These revisions are an important step toward the delegation of IDN top-level domains.

An informal expert panel, working as what the IETF calls a “design team,” evaluated experiences gained in the implementation of the previous version of IDNA since its introduction in 2003, and identified several key areas of future work. These key areas were described in several documents that triggered a formal revision of the IDNA protocol. New versions of the internet-drafts proposing the revisions to the IDNA protocol have been released and are as follows:

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ICANN Chair Opens Doors to Participation

Whoever you are, wherever you are, get involved.

RIO DE JANEIRO: ICANN chairman Peter Dengate Thrush took the opportunity of the last day of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Rio to urge everyone at the conference to get involved and participate in ICANN.

“Whoever you are, wherever you are, if you are interested in finding out more about ICANN, or its work, the door is open,” Dengate Thrush said. “Please walk in.”

ICANN’s organizational model has been specifically designed to allow everyone to contribute, from business to governments to the technical community to everyday Internet users.

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ICANN Commends Successful IGF Meeting

RIO DE JANEIRO: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers today commended the second meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Rio de Janeiro.

“Just as was envisioned, the IGF has brought together the Internet community — including ICANN — to meet and discuss the most pressing Internet issues we face together,” said Dr Paul Twomey, ICANN’s President and CEO. “ICANN has had a large number of discussions with a wide range of people at the IGF, and have built new bridges and strengthened existing relationships.”

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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.

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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.