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Workshop: Internationalized Domain Name

13:00 – 19:30, 1 December 2004

Cape Town, South Africa

In General

The IDN Workshop will build upon the achievements of the previous workshop held on 21 July 2004 in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia. This previous workshop included a 4-hour tutorial that covered basic issues to provide a better understanding of the IDN topic. Participants in this IDN Workshop, in Cape Town, may review the material presented in the earlier tutorial, as the same comprehensive level of introduction to IDN issues will not be provided here.

Please contact Tina Dam, ICANN’s Chief gTLD Registry Liaison for general comments or questions to the agenda.

The public is invited to provide suggestions for topics and questions that should be addressed during the workshop by submitting these to the IDN Discuss Forum. The archive and instructions for the IDN Discuss Forum are located at

There will also be Q/A opportunities after each presentation and during the panel discussions.


Wednesday December 1, 2004. ICANN Meeting, Auditorium I, Cape Town International Convention Centre.

The workshop is open to the public and will be web-cast.

  1. Welcome to the IDN Workshop (1:00 – 1:30pm)
    • Paul Twomey, President and CEO, ICANN
    • Mouhamet Diop, Director of ICANN Board
  2. Introductions to the IDN Workshop
    • General introduction to African IDN initiatives (1:30 – 1:45)
      • Adama Samassekou (African Academy of Languages)
    • General introduction to IDN (1:45 – 2:15)
      • Vint G. Cerf, Chairman, ICANN Board
  3. Session I: IDN Development in the African Region
    • Maxime Somé (Academy of Versailles, France) (2:15 – 2:35pm)
    • Alireza Saleh and Rouzbeh Pournader, Persian IDN at .IR ccTLD (2:35 -2:55pm)
      • Description: Persian IDN presents the challenges that IDN designers for languages using variants of an alphabet common to other languages encounter. Our implementation uses a variant-bundle method that could be useful for other languages using variants of Arabic alphabet. Presentation (PDF)
    • Pierre Ouedraogo, INTIF (Unicode) (2:55 – 3:15pm)
    • Valentin Nemeth, Thawte, South Africa (IDN character display in certificates) (3:15 – 3:35pm) Presentation (PDF)
    • Moegshien Jabaar, Iziko Museums of Cape Town (3:35 – 3:55pm)
  4. Question and Answers on Session I (3.55 – 4.15)
  5. Afternoon Break (4:15 – 4:25pm)
  6. Session II: Panel Discussion, IDN Application Development (4:25 – 6:00pm)
    • Topics of discussion:
      • registry implementation, registration and resolution
      • registrar implementation
      • browser and other applications
      • standardization of IDN-over-EPP
    • Panel Moderator: James Seng (iDA Singapore)
    • Panel Members:
  7. Session III: Panel Discussion, IDN Policy Issues and Processes (6:00 – 7:30pm)
    • Topics of discussion:
      • UDRP – representation problem
      • Whois – representation problem
      • Development of Language Tables
      • IDN.IDN
      • Cultural Communication Aspect
      • End-user demands and requirements
    • Panel Moderator: Ram Mohan (Afilias)
    • Panel Members:
      • James Seng (iDA)
      • Hong Xue (ALAC China)
      • Charles Sha’ban (AGIP)
      • Maxime Somé (Academy of Versailles, France)
      • Wu YangYi, Assistant to Director General (CNNIC)
      • Elizabeth Longworth, (UNESCO)
Refreshments will be served 7:30pm.
Please contact Tina Dam, ICANN’s Chief gTLD Registry Liaison for general comments or questions to the agenda.

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