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Workshop: Internationalized Domain Name

15:00-18:00, 25 June 2006 & 15:30-19:00, 27 June 2006
Salle des Ministres

In General

The IDN workshop in Marrakesh will be divided into two half day sessions. The Sunday session will be a review of IDN issues as they relate to necessary policy decisions. The Tuesday session will have a focus on technical issues primarily as they relate to implementation of IDNs at the top level. Also, in the Tuesday session presentations will be provided regarding IDN activities being performed in Africa and the Middleeast.


Sunday 25 June 2006 and Tuesday 27 June 2006. The ICANN Meeting Marrakesh, Morocco, at the Palais des Congrès conference center.

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

Open microphone and Q/A opportunities are available throughout the workshop.


Draft IDN Workshop Agenda, Sunday, June 25, 2006: 15:00-18:00

Opening remarks, review of IDN workshop schedule (15:00-15:15)

Basic IDN information (15:15-15:45)

Presentation by: Cary Karp, .museum

Review of the GNSO preliminary policy issues report (15:45-16:45)

Presentation and Open Forum by:

Bruce Tonkin, GNSO Council Chair and MelbourneIT
Hiro Hotta, ccNSO IDN representative and JPRS
Olof Nordling, ICANN Staff

The preliminary policy issues report is available at Online comments are very welcome and will be discussed during this session. Comments on the report can be posted to and viewed at

Afternoon break (16:45-17:00)

Review of GAC IDN work activities (17.00 - 17.45)

Presentation and Open Forum by:

IDN.IDN Risks, by Andrzej Bartosiewicz
GAC IDN Working Group Status, by Pankaj Agrawala

Closing remarks, review of process moving forward (17:45-18.00)

Draft Workshop Agenda, Tuesday, June 27, 2006: 15:30-19:30

Opening remarks (15.30-16.00)

Session I: Technical IDN activities (16:00-18:00)

Presenters and Topics:

ICANN IDN Status report, by Tina Dam, ICANN staff
Technical Issues with IDNs, by John Klensin
IETF IDN report, by Thomas Narten, IETF Liaison to ICANN Board
Internet Explorer 7 (IE7),by Michel Suignard, Microsoft
International Email (I-Email), by Dr M.C. Liang, TWNIC

Session II: African and Middle Eastern IDN Activities (18:00-19:00)

Overview of the African Multilingual Activities, by Mouhamet Diop, NextSenegal
SaudiNIC's Experience in Arabic Domain Names Pilot Project, by Anas Mohammed Assiri, Saudi NIC
Persian-IDN development, by Alireza Saleh, IRNIC

Closing remarks

Background Material

Participants in this IDN Workshop may wish to review the material presented in earlier workshops, as the same comprehensive level of introduction to IDN issues will not be provided in the Marrakesh meeting. Information concerning previous workshops as well as general IDN information can be found online at

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