Future Policy and Outreach Ambassadors to Attend the Third At-Large Summit (ATLAS III)
Sixty future policy and outreach ambassadors are set to attend the third At-Large Summit (ATLAS III). The event, taking place at ICANN66 in Montréal, Canada, from 4-7 November 2019, aims to equip them with necessary skills to better represent end users.
These ambassadors were selected after a rigorous application process. Prior to their application, ATLAS III participants were required to complete a series of courses on topics, such as cybersecurity basics and domain names, before being shortlisted for consideration by the ATLAS III Selection Committee.
Maureen Hilyard, Chair of the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC), commented, "These ATLAS III Ambassadors are our future change agents and thought leaders. To be effective in these roles, they must be able to engage effectively in ICANN and At-Large during technical and social changes. This summit aims to nurture and develop the future leaders within the ICANN At-Large Community."
The summit will consist of a series of plenary sessions and seven breakout groups, incorporating both theory and practical learning sessions. A case study on Phase 1 of the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data will be used for the training. Current At-Large leaders will serve as coaches and facilitators of the break out sessions. ATLAS III will also include networking events for participants to interact with At-Large members, as well as the ICANN community.
The final day consists of a wrap-up session and a discussion of post-ATLAS III activities. Post-summit activities will include the establishment of an ATLAS III ambassador program to ensure increased engagement as thought leaders and change agents within At-Large and ICANN. This program will run in parallel with the At-Large Review Implementation Issue 2, which is focused on increasing the engagement of the At-Large Structures (ALSes) and individuals.
For more on ATLAS III activity, please visit the ATLAS III workspace, ATLAS III website, and the At-Large schedule during ICANN66.
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."