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Calls-to-Action for ICANN Reviews

Calls-to-Action for ICANN Reviews

ICANN Reviews are important accountability mechanisms that need your input to help ICANN deliver on its commitments. Learn about the latest opportunities to participate below.

Organizational Reviews are led by independent examiners to assess the extent to which ICANN's Supporting Organizations (SOs) and Advisory Committees (ACs) fulfill their purpose and whether any change in structure or operations is needed.

  • Learn about the draft recommendations of the NomCom Review at ICANN61
    Join the independent examiner at ICANN61 for an open session, during which they will present draft recommendations and next steps of the NomCom Review. This will be an opportunity to provide input and engage face-to-face with the independent examiner.
  • Provide your Input on the RSSAC Review Assessment Report
    The independent examiner has published its assessment report [PDF, 2.5 MB] of the Root Server System Advisory Committee and invites your feedback by 23 March. Join the open session at ICANN61, during which they will share their findings and provide opportunity for you to ask questions and share input.
  • Visit the Review Status Update Table for the latest status on all active Organizational Reviews

Specific Reviews are led by teams of community volunteers to assess the performance of the ICANN organization and make recommendations for improvement.


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Domain Name System
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."