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ICANN Announces Calls-to-Action for Community Participation in ICANN Reviews

LOS ANGELES – 02 May 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has several calls-to-action for community participation in ICANN reviews below. ICANN reviews are important accountability mechanisms that need community input to help ICANN deliver on its commitments.

Public Comment on Draft Final Report of the NomCom2 Review

  • Comment on the Draft Final Report of the second review of the Nominating Committee (NomCom) to help inform the final recommendations of the independent examiner. Close date: 7 May 2018 at 23:59 UTC.

Public Comment on Draft Final Report of the RSSAC2 Review

  • Comment on the Draft Final Report of the second review of the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC2). Close date: 10 June 2018 at 23:59, UTC. Join the webinar on 9 May 2018 at 20:00 UTC for a presentation of the Draft Final Report and an opportunity to ask questions.

SSAC2 Review Survey

  • Do you have experience with the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) or suggestions to improve it? Take the SSAC2 Review survey to share your input. Close Date: 18 May 2018 at 23:59 UTC.

Request for Proposals to Conduct the ccNSO2 Review

  • Please share this RFP to help ICANN seek candidates to conduct an independent assessment of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO). Close Date: 24 May2018 at 23:59 UTC.

Visit the Review Status Update Table for the latest status on all active Specific and Organizational Reviews.

About ICANN

ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address into your computer or other device – a name or a number. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation and a community with participants from all over the world.


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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."