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ICANN Announces Appointment of General Manager, IANA

ICANN is pleased to announce that Mr. Doug Barton will be joining the company as General Manager, IANA. Given his technical training and experience working with the Domain Name System (DNS), Mr. Barton is particularly well suited for the position.

Doug joins the ICANN senior management team from YAHOO! where he has been head of DNS administration for all of Yahoo!'s worldwide operations. His recent responsibilities have included operating the authoritative DNS for (customer DNS for over 500,000 Yahoo! domains customers) and the resolver network relied on by the Yahoo! offices and production facilities. He has also worked closely with Yahoo! legal, brand, and marketing teams on domain name strategy and policy.

Some of his major accomplishments have included the consolidation, automation, and streamlining of the Yahoo! DNS operations and related account management.

A key member of the management team of YAHOO! since 1998, Doug has a thorough knowledge of DNS operations and theory, as well as an active involvement in the IETF protocol process. He is very familiar with IANA's relationship to the IETF community. He has also been a consumer of IANA's products, having written software to translate various tables managed by IANA into formats usable by other programs.

Doug's previous role required close contact with the ccTLD representatives and ICANN. He also has been a Charter member of the ICANN Security and Stability Committee since March 2002.

ICANN CEO and President Dr. Paul Twomey stated, "We are very pleased to have Doug as part of our management team. This appointment continues to support the new strategic direction that was set six months ago which strengthens our ties with the international internet community. Doug brings detailed and practical experience of managing a global resource."

In conjunction with Doug's appointment, ICANN is appointing another technical staff member, Steve Conte, to the IANA team. This will in part facilitate a handover of some work functions from Michelle Cotton who is shortly to go on maternity leave. Michelle will return to the IANA function later in the new year as a very valuable part of the team.

At the same time as announcing Doug Barton's appointment, Dr Twomey also pronounced that ICANN will move ahead with the identification and appointment of a President's International Advisory Committee for the IANA function, under the initial guidance of Steve Crocker, the Chair of ICANN's Security and Stability Committee.

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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"""" is not an IDN."