The ICANN organization (org) wants to keep the community informed as the policy and management of registration data is evaluated. New information about ongoing projects related to Registration Directory Service (RDS) has just been published. Updates to this roadmap, published bi-annually, show RDS activities in advance of Board consideration, implementation following Board action, and implementation by contracted parties.
Some of the updates on recent RDS activities detailed in the roadmap include:
- The Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) Team delivered its Final Report to the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council on 20 February 2019. The Final Report contains 29 policy recommendations to govern gTLD registration data when the Temporary Specification expires on 20 May 2019. The GNSO Council approved all 29 of the policy recommendations. After a review of the public comments on the Final Report, the Board will consider whether to adopt the recommendations as consensus policy as is, or with modifications.
- The EPDP Team began Phase 2 of its work focusing on a system for standardized access to non-public registration data, issues requiring further community action, and other items deferred from the previous phase. This next phase of the EPDP Team’s work starting in May 2019 will be led by new Chair Janis Karklins.
- ICANN org has notified registries and registrars that they must implement a Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP) service by 26 August 2019. RDAP enables users to access registration data and has several advantages over the current protocol (WHOIS), including more secure and differentiated access to registration data. ICANN.org worked with a discussion group of gTLD registries and registrars to develop an RDAP profile that provides technical instructions to how to implement an RDAP service in a consistent way.
The roadmap updates are part of the ICANN org effort to provide the community with visibility into all RDS-related activities. For more detail about these actions please check out the Knowledge Center on our dedicated portal, whois.icann.org.
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Domain Name System
Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,”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, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European “”0-9″”. The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed “”ASCII characters”” (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of “”Unicode characters”” that provides the basis for IDNs. The “”hostname rule”” requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen “”-“”. The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of “”labels”” (separated by “”dots””). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an “”A-label””. All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a “”U-label””. The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for “”test”” — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of “”ASCII compatible encoding”” (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an “”LDH label””. Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as””icann.org”” is not an IDN.”