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Evaluation of the Enhancing ICANN Accountability Comment Period

When I posted my monthly blog last week, the Enhancing ICANN Accountability and Governance process, critical to the success of the IANA Stewardship Transition, was approaching the end of a 21-day open comment period. I thought it important to acknowledge that the comment period has closed and to thank those who submitted comments.

We received comments from a wide array of interested parties ranging from individual community members to the Brazilian Government. Seven community organizations signed on to a Joint SO-AC-SG-C statement, a submission that was subsequently endorsed by additional comments.

Themes among the comments included the structure of the process, what role the Board should play in process, participation, scope, and timeline.

All of the comments are publicly archived here.

We anticipate that some modifications will be made to the currently posted process and we will present that revision to the community as soon as possible.

Again, thank you to everyone who took the time to submit comments. We look forward to the next phase of work, and seeing more of you in Los Angeles at ICANN51.


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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."