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Old 13th September 2011, 11:39 AM
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ICANN “not an advocate” for new gTLDs

President Rod Beckstrom was in Sao Paolo, Brazil, at the Futurecom conference yesterday. In his address there, he said, according to an ICANN press release:

I want to make clear that ICANN is an organization that is not advocating new gTLDs for anyone. Our role is merely facilitation to implement the policy and the programs approved by our community, so we are here to educate not to advocate.

That will come as little surprise to anyone familiar with ICANN’s communications plan – it needs to tell people what new gTLDs are, and what they are not, without sounding like a salesman.

Senior ICANN staff, as well as chair Steve Crocker, are scheduled for a deal of outreach-focused globe-trotting over the next few months.

Beckstrom is due in London next week for a panel discussion on new gTLDs, and I understand similar events in Paris and Berlin have also been lined up.

I’m also on the London panel, along with Nominet’s Lesley Cowley and Lorna Graddan from Com Laude. The value of this kind of thing is in the questions, so hopefully there’ll be a decent turnout.

Beckstrom is also slated to appear at Gitex in Dubai next month.

Crocker is keynoting the newdomains.org conference in Munich in two weeks, and the Bulgarian Domain Forum event is also anticipating ICANN staff participation.

http://domainincite.com/icann-not-an...for-new-gtlds/

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so that's the "global outreach" ? Beckstrom and Crocker attending conferences ?

There's a little less than 4 months left before the application process opens..something of substance should be underway by now
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something of substance should be underway by now
Brazil's News Release is out. No mention of IDN for this non English speaking country. http://www.icann.org/en/news/release...12sep11-en.pdf
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It can only get better

http://www.icann.org/en/announcement...14sep11-en.htm

"What is an IDN?
IDN stands for Internationalized Domain Name. IDNs are
domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six
letters of the basic Latin alphabet “a-z”. An IDN can contain Latin
letters with diacritical marks (such as accents) or may consist of
characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese.
IDN top-level domain names will offer many new opportunities
and benefits for Internet users around the world by allowing
them to establish and use top-level domains in their native
languages and scripts"

http://www.icann.org/en/topics/new-g...20jul11-en.pdf

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"What is an IDN?
IDN stands for Internationalized Domain Name. IDNs are
domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six
letters of the basic Latin alphabet “a-z”. An IDN can contain Latin
letters with diacritical marks (such as accents) or may consist of
characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese.
IDN top-level domain names will offer many new opportunities
and benefits for Internet users around the world by allowing
them to establish and use top-level domains in their native
languages and scripts"

http://www.icann.org/en/topics/new-g...20jul11-en.pdf
Nonsense.

1) IDNs can include characters from languages that use the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet “a-z”.

2) There is no such thing as a "local representation of languages", just as there is no such thing as an international representation of languages.

3) What about people who want to "establish and use top-level domains" in languages that they aren't their "native
languages and scripts".

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