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Request for Proposal for Performance of Secretariat Function for the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group

The IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) is issuing today a Request for Proposals (RFP) to select a suitable contractor through ICANN process to perform its secretariat function.

Established in response to the announcement by the U.S. National Telecommunication and Information Administration Department (NTIA) of its intent to transition key Internet domain name functions to the global multistakeholder community, the ICG is comprised of representatives from different stakeholder groups to coordinate and deliver a single transition proposal.

Proposal must be submitted to SecretariatForICG-rfp@icann.org no later than Monday, 23 September 2014 – 23:59 UTC.

The ICG encourages all interested parties from across the globe to submit proposals.

Full information is given in the RFP, which can be found at: http://www.icann.org/en/system/files/files/rfp-icg-secretariat-09sep14-en.zip [ZIP, 607 KB].

RFP Activities Schedule:

Activity Dates
RFP published 9 September 2014
Participants to indicate Expression of Interest (EoI) 12 September 2014 by 23:59 UTC [This date has been revised from an earlier announced date of 7 September 2014]
Participants submit any questions to ICG (use Respondent Q&A Excel template in RFP packet) 13 September 2014 by 23:59 UTC
ICG responds to participant questions 20 September 2014
Participant RFP proposals due by 23 September 2014 by 23:59 UTC
Preliminary evaluation of responses 24 thru 27 September 2014
Final participant presentations and reference calls 27 September thru 4 October 2014
Contracting and award to contractor 6 thru 10 October 2014
Target start date in the role 15 October 2014 at ICANN 51 meeting in Los Angeles

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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."