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A Blog About Leadership

As ICANN66 comes to an end, so does an era. Nearly a decade ago, the Nominating Committee appointed Cherine Chalaby to serve on the ICANN Board of Directors. Since that time, ICANN has changed tremendously, becoming a trusted partner in the Internet governance ecosystem and bringing new stakeholders into our global community. Throughout it all, Cherine has stood with all of us – the community, the Board, and the org – to demonstrate a quality that many understand, but only a few can demonstrate: leadership.

A leader is many things. A leader is someone who inspires us to come together and find creative solutions to unique challenges, listens to our needs, and understands our differences. They guide us, even when the path ahead is clouded and unclear. They show compassion and understanding even in the face of adversity. And above all, a leader has both a vision and the ability to motivate others to bring that vision to culmination. Cherine has done all of those things, and so much more.

We have all borne witness to Cherine’s passion and dedication. He understands the importance of seeing both the big picture and the impact that even the tiniest detail might have. When you speak with Cherine, you can rest assured that every word he speaks has been carefully considered. Few speak with the same level of conviction that he does.

Cherine’s vision has always been clear. He has worked tirelessly to evolve ICANN and its Board, to ensure that we have the tools necessary to serve the global Internet community in the best way possible. The Board stands ready to carry on his legacy of openness and transparency. As we work together to solve some of the most-pressing issues facing ICANN and the Domain Name System (DNS), we can all be inspired by his unwavering belief in the power of collaboration and the multistakeholder model.

The future ahead of us is bright, and we all have Cherine to thank for that. Throughout his time on the Board, he always stressed the need to look forward, so that ICANN is never caught unprepared. Today, we stand on solid ground, prepared for whatever lies ahead because of the  foundation we have forged under his watch and direction.

On behalf of the ICANN community, Board, and org, we extend our most sincere and heartfelt appreciation to Cherine for his leadership, his dedication, and his friendship. We thank his family for sharing Cherine with us over the past nine years, and we wish him great success in his future endeavors.

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    Mahmoud Hassan  12:23 UTC on 15 November 2019

    Thank you for your valuable time spent with us

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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."