[ALAC-LT] SAC084 SSAC Comments on Guidelines for the Extended Process Similarity Review Panel (EPSRP) for the IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process

Julie Hammer julie.hammer at bigpond.com
Fri Sep 2 01:58:00 UTC 2016


Alan, Heidi - please feel free to forward this email to other ALAC Lists which I am not able to post to.

Hi Everyone,

SAC084: SSAC Comments on Guidelines for the Extended Process Similarity Review Panel for the IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process (31 August 2016) has been published on the SSAC documents web page at: https://www.icann.org/groups/ssac/documents <https://www.icann.org/groups/ssac/documents> with the file at https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/files/sac-084-en.pdf <https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/files/sac-084-en.pdf>.   It also has been posted to the Public Forum at: https://forum.icann.org/lists/comments-proposed-epsrp-guidelines-20jul16/msg00002.html <https://forum.icann.org/lists/comments-proposed-epsrp-guidelines-20jul16/msg00002.html>. 

In this report, the SSAC advises that it considers that the EPSRP does not adhere to the principles of conservatism, inclusion and stability which have been reflected in ICANN IDN guidelines that have been in place for more than a decade. Adherence to these principles is critical for the continued interoperability and stability of the DNS root zone and deviation would increase the risk of root zone instability.  The underlying difficulty with all IDNs, including those that are intended to be ccTLD names, is that Internet domain naming does not work like natural language. This is why a conservative approach to approving new IDN TLDs was adopted as a principle. The EPSRP has not solved any part of this problem; it simply provides a way around the original criteria, in a way that increases the risk of instability in the DNS root zone.

The Report recommends that the ICANN Board not accept the proposed guidelines for the EPSRP, as those guidelines represent a threat to the security and stability of the DNS. <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> The Board should request a revision of the guidelines that more accurately reflects the principles of conservativism, inclusion, and stability. 

For information, two experts external to the SSAC (IETF Members, I believe) participated in the Work Party that produced this report.

Cheers,  Julie 
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