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ICANN Announces New Staff Appointments

ICANN is pleased to announce the following new staff appointments:

ICANN Registrar Liaison Manager

Michael Zupke joins ICANN as Registrar Liaison Manager.

Mike most recently directed his own company providing legal research and writing services to fellow attorneys. He also was responsible for website development and produced an electronic newsletter for a non-profit bar association group.

Prior to this he worked as a staff attorney conducting research and overseeing a team of law clerks for the National Arbitration Forum, an ICANN approved dispute provider for the UDRP and other domain name dispute resolution programs.

Mike will work on a variety of registrar issues, including accreditation and compliance. He will be responsible for enhancing communications with registrars through an electronic newsletter and other outreach efforts.

Peter Sanchez

Peter Sanchez joins ICANN as Network Engineer.

Most recently Peter has undertaken the role of Senior Systems Administrator for iPowerweb, a web hosting industry. Prior to this he was a Network technician for Picture Perfect Inc (PPI), a cable television installation and contracting company, and also System and Network Engineer for New Mexico Internet Access Inc (NMIA).

Peter has also undertaken a number of consulting assignments in the networking industry and in his early career provided technical support to AOL and Client Logic.

Sarah Trehern

Sarah Trehern joins ICANN as IANA Project Assistant. Sarah was most recently employed at VCA/ANTECH as a HR/Payroll representative and previously as a Data Entry Supervisor for Austin Regional Clinic.

Sarah attended Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA, majoring in English.

Nicole Bihari

Nicole joins ICANN as Executive Assistant to ICANN General Counsel.

Prior to joining ICANN Nicole enjoyed an extensive career with the Modern Music Publishing Company where she was Executive Assistant to the CEO.

Nicole holds a BA in Political Science and Communications from Mount Saint Mary's College where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Bernadette Failla

Bernadette joins ICANN as Executive Assistant to the General Manager Global Partnerships and the Head of HR.

Prior to joining ICANN Bernadette undertook a series of overseas assignments for the US State Department in a variety of administrative support roles. Her most recent assignment was in Ghana.

Bernadette is a graduate of the Walworth Barbour American International School of Israel.


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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."