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Accountability Indicators Feedback 1 April - 30 June 2018

Accountability Indicators advanced from beta to v1 in May 2018, further affirming our commitment to continuously improving accountability and transparency. Accountability Indicators is a dynamic and interactive web page that helps you view our progress towards our strategic objectives by exploring various dimensions of our activities.

Every quarter, an update is provided sharing your feedback on Accountability Indicators.

Feedback in FY18 Q4

Last quarter, we received feedback on several topics including requests for:

  • Longer trends in charts
  • Change in the scales used for some indicators
  • More information about the composition of Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees
  • IPv6 deployment metrics for top-level domains (TLDs)

Next Steps

We are working on presenting longer trends in a range of indicators. We will also review and adjust the scales used to reflect more clearly the differences between periods. Meanwhile, please note that hovering your cursor over a chart will show its values in a tool tip, and right-clicking will bring up a context menu that allows you download the underlying data, a picture of the chart, or share it on social media.

DNSSEC Adoption
DNSSEC Adoption

Reporting on the composition of Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees is challenging. The ICANN organization supports membership management for the Advisory Committees, but the Supporting Organizations manage memberships themselves. We will seek ways to automate this after the Group Enrollment System has been deployed.

Our recent research into IPv6 support by generic top-level domains (gTLDs) showed almost 100 percent compliance and are planning more research. Our Contractual Compliance team will investigate compliance with IPv6 support requirements if a compliance issue is reported to them.

Quarterly Updates in FY19

We are also changing the reporting schedule of Accountability Indicators. As most of the indicators present quarterly data, going forward we will be updating the Accountability Indicators in July, October, January, and April, after the close of each quarter. Where indicators don't fit this schedule, such as Board and NomCom composition, we'll update the first month after the data is available.

Your Feedback

The feedback you provide on Accountability Indicators is essential to helping us improve the services we provide, as well as the indicators we report with. Please look through the indicators and let us know what you think by clicking the feedback link at the top of each page.


    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"""" is not an IDN."