achievements at the recent meeting of Study Group 17 was the
establishment of a work programme on Internationalized Domain Names (IDN). An
IDN expert (rapporteur) was appointed to head the work in the Study Group which
takes the lead on security issues in ITU-T. The work follows direct instruction
from WTSA, the quadrennial event that defines study
areas for ITU-T (WTSA Resolution
domain names represented by local language characters. They have the potential
to transform the Internet into a truly global and multilingual tool by enabling
Internet users to navigate and communicate online in their preferred script.
The Study Group rapporteur Andrzej Bartosiewicz said that IDNs are still
awaiting broad deployment all over the world. "While IDNs are becoming
popular in some countries like Germany,
Poland and Japan, other
countries are being slow to adopt. ITU as an international organization is seen
as potentially the best body to facilitate safe deployment."
on technical issues had been received before the meeting, giving participants
the opportunity to discuss these and the administrative fundamentals of IDNs.
The meeting identified key issues to be considered, including the work
programme and the action plan for upcoming months.
Study Group chair Herb Bertine said that there are
some important security considerations to be taken into account in the study of
IDN. For example he said that unfamiliar characters used may make users believe
that they are being directed to one place, when in fact they could be being
directed to a site with malicious intent.