Anne-Rachel Inne to Leave ICANN on 30 September
Along with ICANN's management team, I'd like to share the news that Anne-Rachel Inne, VP for Government Engagement, is leaving ICANN effective 30 September 2017. Anne-Rachel has been with ICANN in a variety of roles for 11 years, excluding her brief leave from 2012 to July 2014.
Anne-Rachel has contributed tirelessly to ICANN and the Internet community over the years, continuously giving her highest level of commitment and service. For the past three years, she has worked for the Government and Intergovernmental Organization (IGO) Engagement Department – first out of the Geneva office, then more recently out of Washington, D.C. Her work has focused on the missions of U.N. organizations and IGOs in Geneva, particularly those from developing economies.
In her earlier years at ICANN, Anne-Rachel contributed to building up the organization in the Los Angeles office. There, she served in various capacities – policy, Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), processes, and global partnerships in support of constituencies. Later, in the ICANN Brussels office, as Manager of Regional Relations for Africa for ICANN, she was instrumental in our first steps toward becoming a global organization.
On behalf of the Government Engagement team, I thank Anne-Rachel for her many contributions and steadfast dedication to ICANN over the years. Anne-Rachel's departure is a clear loss to ICANN and the community, but we wish her all the best in her new endeavors.
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."