Wednesday, February 23, 2005

ICANN on IDN Homograph Concerns

The ICANN Notice:

ICANN supports the continued growth of global Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs). In response to recently publicised concerns regarding Internationalised Domain Name (IDN) homographs, ICANN has released a statement and asks the community to participate in an online public comment forum. Statements have also been issued by members of the ccTLD community through APTLD and CENTR, and through a communique from the Registry Constituency. All of these statements, and links to the public comment forum can be found at the ICANN IDN website:

The full ICANN statement may be read here.

It should also be pointed out that a document well-worth reading "Briefing Paper on IDN Permissible Code Point Problems" doesn't appear in the set of documents at the ICANN IDN website referenced above.

By the way, the original advisory "the state of homograph attacks" was announced at shmoocon, the hacker convention. There was a time when ICANN had a hacker on its Board. Now, forget about it. The oh-so-credentialed stuffed-shirt ICANN Nominating Committee (meeting in secret) will never appoint another hacker to the Board. I guess it's up to the shmoo group and others to keep ICANN on its toes. Thanks to schmoo group for the good work.

Final note: The Web Guys blog carries an interesting personal comment from Secunia CTO Thomas Kristensen: "Being a Danish national, I appreciate being able to use the Danish national characters under the .dk top level domain, but I see absolutely no need for the use of those characters under .com and other international top level domains."


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