Accountability Indicators Feedback – 1 October to 31 December 2017
In August 2017, we launched the Accountability Indicators initiative as a reflection of ICANN's work towards accountability and transparency. The dynamic and interactive Accountability Indicators web page helps you track our progress against our strategic objectives by allowing you to explore different dimensions of what we do.
As an example of our efforts to better communicate our progress with our stakeholders, we have developed various projects and steps to improve accessibility to feedback and information. In October, we published a report on the first month's feedback, deployed an integrated feedback mechanism, and started featuring a story about Accountability Indicators on social media every month.
Where We Are Today
We are happy to see that the page's traffic has risen steadily, however, this growth in traffic has not been met by a similar increase in feedback. This situation could mean that you are happy with what you find on the website.
Your Feedback Is Important
We encourage you to check the Accountability Indicators page where you can access the feedback mechanism, and provide us with your opinion on how we can make the indicators more useful for you.
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."