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Workshop: Internationalized Domain Name
12:30-19:30, 30 November 2005
Vancouver, Canada

In General

The IDN workshop in Vancouver will have a main focus on issues regarding IDNs at the top level, such as identification and assessment of IDN TLD implementation issues, and of potential risks of IDN TLD deployment to a global interoperable Internet. As such the workshop will build on the achievements of session two of the previous workshop held on 13 July 2005 in Luxembourg

Leading up to this workshop ICANN issued on 14 September 2005 a formal call for papers concerning internationalized top level domain name implementation and any other suggestions for topics and questions that should be addressed during this workshop. The received papers were posted online on 17 November 2005, and provide the basis for the agenda as presented below.

By posting these papers ICANN does not endorse their content .

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


Wednesday November 30, 2005. The ICANN Meeting in Vancouver, Canada, at the Westin Bayshore Resort & Marina

The workshop is open to the public and will be web-cast. The room is available for remote participation. Staff will be available to pass requests for comments via the jabber room on to the open microphone during the workshop.

The IDN comment forum for discussions about the agenda topics will continue to be open throughout the Vancouver meeting:

Click here to submit comments to deployment of Internationalized TLDs

Click here to view comments regarding deployment of Internationalized TLDs

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


Introduction (12.30-13.00)

Session I: Internationalized Top Level Domains Approaches (13.00-16.45)


Cary Karp, MuseDoma

Panel Members:

Li Guanghao, Chinese Domain Name Consortium

Abdulaziz H. Al-Zoman, Arabic Domain Names Pilot Project

S. Subbiah,, Presentation

Pat Kane, VeriSign, Presentation

Ram Mohan, Afilias

Michael Everson, Evertype

Michel Suignard, Microsoft

15 min break

Session II: Internationalized Second Level Domain Name Implementation (17.00-18.30)

Presenters and Topics:

Session III: Additional IDN Community Initiatives (18.30-19.30)

Background Material

Participants in this IDN Workshop may wish review the material presented in earlier workshops, as the same comprehensive level of introduction to IDN issues will not be provided in the Vancouver meeting.

Kuala Lumpur workshop (8 July 2004)

Cape Town Workshop (1 December 2004)

Luxembourg Workshop (13 July 2005)

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