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Dublin and Transition

I look forward to seeing many of you on the Emerald Isle at ICANN54. I personally have been reinvigorated witnessing the commitment of the community, the CCWG-Accountability in particular, as we work towards completing the last piece of a proposal that will move ICANN to an independent, improved and even more accountable organization.

We all know the reality of the situation we're facing today, not just the timelines but also the need to come together on this last piece of the puzzle. It's not about the Board, nor about any other single stakeholder – it's about the whole community coming together. As I've said before, though I and the other Board members are on the Board now, we are only here for a while, and then we will leave. In two years one of you will take over my seat and I will return to my former role in the wider community. We're all stakeholders – that's the beauty of the ICANN multistakeholder model. Everyone has a voice – and as soon as anyone says differently or tries to exclude people, well, that's not the Internet community I've participated in and watched evolve over the last 30 plus years, and that's not what ICANN is about.

It's about wading through a noisy, and at times robust, but good faith discussion to come together and agree upon a final, balanced approach. Right now, it happens to be about the CCWG-Accountability analyzing and addressing the 93 comments from the last round of public comment, listening to all possible views and opinions from across the community– including those that come forward in Dublin—and developing a final consensus proposal.

We are in the final stretch of this and it's time for everyone, however involved you've been, to help work towards a consensus.

Dublin will be key as we show the world what our multistakeholder model can accomplish. I know many on the Board are deeply engaged alongside many of you in the working parties and will continue participating in community discussion throughout this process. The CCWG and the broader community both have a lot of discussions ahead. The Board looks forward to participating as one stakeholder of many, and I thank you all for your energy and commitment to this effort.  It really is a wonder to behold.

For those of you following the IANA Stewardship Transition and Enhancing ICANN Accountability processes in Dublin or from your computer at home, below is a quick reference guide to the latest transition-related meetings.  At the community's request, the ICANN staff identified additional times for ICANN Accountability discussions with as little disruption as possible to the current meeting schedule.

Please don't hesitate to join in the discussions no matter where you are in the world. We are nearly there. It is a historic moment, and truly a testament to the strength of the multistakeholder model.

Date

Time

Session Title

Room

Friday, 16 October

08:30-18:30

CCWG-Accountability Face-to-Face Meeting

Liffey H2

Saturday, 17 October

08:30-12:00

CCWG-Accountability Sub-team Breakouts

Liffey H2

Saturday, 17 October

13:00-17:00

ICG Face-to-Face Meeting

Liffey B

Sunday, 18 October

09:00-12:00

ICG Face-to-Face Meeting

Liffey B

Sunday, 18 October

16:45-18:15

Transition Perspectives: From Internet Pioneer and the U.S. Congress

Auditorium

Monday, 19 October

10:15-11:45

CCWG-Accountability Engagement Session I

Auditorium

Monday, 19 October

12:00-13:00

ICG Engagement Session

Auditorium

Monday, 19 October

14:00-18:30

CCWG-Accountability Working Session I

Liffey B

Wednesday, 21 October

09:30-11:00

CWG-Stewardship Working Session

Wicklow H2

Wednesday, 21 October

15:30-16:30

IANA Stewardship Transition Implementation

Wicklow H2

Wednesday, 21 October

17:00-20:00

CCWG-Accountability Engagement Session II

Auditorium

Thursday, 22 October

08:00-10:30

CCWG-Accountability Working Session II

Liffey H2

Thursday, 22 October

10:30-12:30

ICG Working Session

Liffey B

Friday, 23 October

09:00-17:00

ICG Working Session

Liffey B

Comments

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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."