This week we launched the second and final phase of our consultation to implement French character Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) (PDF) in .CA domain names. Over a three month period last fall, we worked with The Strategic Counsel to conduct an online consultation to gauge Canadians’ interest in and thoughts about introducing IDNs.
I was very impressed with the response to this consultation, with more than 350 comments on the online forum and more than 50 submissions. This level of participation indicates two things to me: 1) this is an important issue for Canadians, and 2) .CA Registrants and Canadian Internet users are engaged and interested in seeing the .CA registry develop. The Strategic Counsel has analyzed the comments and submissions, and have summarized key themes in a report available here (PDF).
Based on feedback received during the first round of the consultation, we have revised the proposed policy for the launch of IDNs. We are now inviting .CA holders and Canadian Internet users to provide their feedback on these revisions to CIRA’s proposed IDN policy until February 24, 2012. Please take this opportunity to have your voice heard.
This is an exciting initiative for me. Once implemented, French character IDNs will make Canada’s piece of the Internet even more Canadian and that’s something we can all be proud of.