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Accepting Applications for ICANN VP of IANA Services and PTI President

As you may remember, earlier this year, Elise Gerich decided to step down from her role at ICANN as the Vice President of IANA Services and President of Public Technical Identifiers (PTI). We have now begun our search to find her replacement. We aim to finish this process with enough time for onboarding before Elise's departure (October 2017), and we are grateful that Elise has offered to be flexible to ensure we can complete successful onboarding.

An updated job description, key responsibilities and qualifications have been posted to ICANN’s careers page. The position is based in Los Angeles, California and will report to me. Candidates will be screened by Human Resources, through phone interviews, and then the final candidates will be interviewed face-to-face.

A key responsibility for this executive leader will be to ensure that the IANA functions are performed in a secure, stable, and efficient manner with a commitment towards operational excellence. The selected candidate will also serve as one of the five directors on the PTI Board.

If you or others are interested in this position, please apply on the ICANN careers page. Applications will be accepted through 15 July 2017.


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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."