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ICANN Board Approves Delegation of Four IDN ccTLDs

April 25, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, icann, idn cctlds, idns, Policy & LawComments Off on ICANN Board Approves Delegation of Four IDN ccTLDs

Four IDN ccTLDs delegated, simultaneous delegation requests from China and Taiwan proceed.

The ICANN Board of Directors approved the delegation of four internationalized domain name country code domains on Thursday.

The four approved ccTLDs are for Russia, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Egypt.

Russia will get .рф (xn--p1ai) (“R.F.”), delegated to Coordination Center for TLD RU. Saudi Arabia is getting السعودية (xn--mgberp4a5d4ar) (“Al-Saudia”), to be managed by Communications and Information Technology Commission. U.A.E. will get امارات (xn--mgbaam7a8h) (“Emarat”), delegated to Telecommunications Regulatory Authority. Finally, Egypt picks up مصر (xn--wgbh1c ) (“Misr”), delegated to National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority.

Separately, the ICANN Board approved two simultaneous delegation requests to proceed to the String Delegation step of the fast track process. China requested simultaneous delegation of simplified and traditional renderings .中国 (xn--fiqs8S) and .中國 (xn--fiqz9S); Taiwan requested 台灣 (xn--kpry57d) and .台湾 (xn--kprw13d).

In another country code top level domain decision, ICANN’s board approved a redelegation request from United Republic of Tanzania for the traditional .TZ country code domain name to Tanzania Network Information Centre Limited.


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Poor IDNs. The Media Will Never Understand.

January 4, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, idn, idn cctlds, Policy & LawComments Off on Poor IDNs. The Media Will Never Understand.

Recent coverage of internationalized domain names was erroneous.

They sky is falling! The sky is falling!

Or so the headlines read.

Last week I mentioned an article in The London Times about the introduction of domain names with non-Roman characters. As I noted, the article was completely wrong. It said that non-Roman characters will be allowed for the first time “to the left of the dot”, i.e. the second level domain name. Tell that to the people who’ve already registered millions of such names.

In truth, non-Roman characters will be allowed for the first time at the top level — the right of the dot. The key source in the article was an intellectual property owner. Apparently the author didn’t talk to ICANN.

But it doesn’t really matter what the truth is, because everyone has read the erroneous article and jumped on the bandwagon. Like the hundreds of comments on this article at Mashable, which basically referred to the Times article and gave an example of how PayPal users could be spoofed, again based on the second level domain name. It added this tidbit:

Pretty scary, no? As of right now, ICANN hasn’t instituted any policies of trying to protect these kinds of situations, meaning it might be that much more difficult for even normally cautious users to avoid being scammed.

In truth, ICANN has been working on these sorts of issues for years. For example, you can’t mix scripts from different character sets, which was a popular way to make IDNs look like roman-language domains when they first became available.

I’ve seen a number of tweets lamenting the same fear over IDNs.

It’s true that brand owners now have more TLDs for which they need to protect their brands. But other than that, the Times story — and the echo chamber — missed the story.


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Russians Not Keen on IDN Top Level Domain

December 22, 2009Domaining, Domainnamewire, idn, idn cctlds, Policy & LawComments Off on Russians Not Keen on IDN Top Level Domain

Story shines light on fears of IDNs, but it’s really an issue of ccTLDs.

The reaction was swift and positive — finally, after years of typing in Latin-based top level domains, people who use different character sets would soon be able to type in new top level domain names in their own alphabets.

What’s not to love about that? Apparently a lot. A story in yesterday’s New York Times says that many Russians are wary of their government’s plans to introduce a Cyrillic IDN country code top level domain name. They’re concerned it’s just another way for the government to censor them.

But now, computer users are worried that Cyrillic domains will give rise to a hermetic Russian Web, a sort of cyberghetto, and that the push for Cyrillic amounts to a plot by the security services to restrict access to the Internet. Russian companies are also resisting Cyrillic Web addresses, complaining about costs and threats to online security.

To be fair, I’m not sure that this is an IDN issue. It’s more of a country code issue. ICANN has very little say on how country code domain names are administered, and it’s wise to not use a country code top level domain in a country that doesn’t value freedom. That’s why so many people in China shun .cn in favor of .com or even .org.


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