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IANA Functions Stewardship Transition Updates

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IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group Issues Request for Transition Proposals and Suggested Transition Process Timeline

The IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) is pleased to announce the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP), for communities interested in and/or affected by the transition of IANA stewardship from the United States NTIA to the global multistakeholder Internet community.

The RFP is available on the ICG website at: [PDF, 84 KB]

Should any community submitting a proposal require clarifications to the RFP, these should be submitted to the ICG on or before Wednesday, 24 September 2014. Submissions should be sent by email before this date, and responses will be provided by the ICG by 20 October 2014. Clarification questions will be posted to the public ICG mailing list.

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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 no later than Monday, 23 September 2014 – 23:59 UTC.

Full information is given in the RFP, which can be found at: [ZIP, KB].

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On 14 March 2014, the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced its intention to transition its stewardship over key Internet domain name functions to the global multistakeholder community, and called upon ICANN to launch and facilitate a process with the community to develop a proposal, meeting the criteria set out by the NTIA.

Following the announcement, ICANN published a Process to Develop the Proposal and Next Steps on 6 June, that is the culmination of a series of community discussions and input into the process to develop a proposal to transition stewardship of the IANA functions to the global multistakeholder community. The document reflects the multitude of views expressed in different fora and calls for the establishment of, among other things, a Coordination Group.

The communities represented in the Coordination Group launched internal processes to select their representatives, and submit those representatives to ICANN by 2 July. A list of representatives in the Coordination Group and publications of community announcements of nomination processes can be found here.

The newly formed IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) is comprised of 30 individuals representing 13 communities, and includes direct and indirect stakeholders. The ICG had their first face-to-face meeting on 17-18 July in London, United Kingdom. You can find the ICG's draft charter, first meeting statement and other resources here.

For information about the ICG and the IANA Functions' Stewardship Transition, please visit the NTIA IANA Functions' Stewardship Transition microsite.

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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."