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Tell Us What You Think of the Nominating Committee

How do you stay informed about Nominating Committee (NomCom) activities? How do you rate the selections made by the NomCom? Take a few minutes and send us your thoughts via ICANN's 2011 NomCom Survey today. All ICANN community members are invited to participate.

Recommended by independent reviewers as part of the Nominating Committee Improvements, the annual survey will be used by future NomComs to improve effectiveness and integrity. This is the first year the survey will be conducted, and its results will be summarized and used to inform the current NomCom, and serve as a benchmark for future surveys. Your answers will be kept confidential.

Let us know about your experience. Future efforts can only be better with your feedback. The survey is located at: and will be available until Friday, 2 March 2012. Results of the survey will be shared with the community by 31 March 2012.

For questions about the survey, please email

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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."