New Meeting Strategy & Implementation Plan Approved by ICANN Board of Directors
After two years of extensive, cross-community work, I'm pleased to report that the ICANN Board approved a new ICANN Meetings Strategy for implementation in 2016, as well as proposed meeting dates and geographic rotation through 2020.
This new vision for ICANN Meetings is firmly rooted in the Meeting Strategy Working Group Recommendations [PDF, 527 KB] first posted for public comment in February 2014.
While ICANN Meetings continue to serve as a venue for progressing policy work, conducting outreach, facilitating interaction among members of the ICANN Community, including Board and Staff, and learning about ICANN, this accomplishment marks a significant milestone in the process of addressing the growing number of attendees at meetings, and the growing demand for more sessions, more inter – and intra-community discussion opportunities and more meeting rooms.
Much work still lies ahead. My team is focused on further development of the meeting schedules and formats to ensure we make the best use of our face-to-face time throughout the year. To that end, we understand that we will need increasing understanding and awareness of the new meetings approach and are planning a number of consultations across the Community in the coming months and through 2015.
Most importantly, I want to thank the members of the Meeting Strategy Working Group for their excellent work in providing us with a clear path for the evolution of ICANN Meetings, as well as the individuals and organizations/groups who contributed to the comment period and/or participated in public sessions held in Durban, Singapore, or Los Angeles.
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."