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ICANN Board Resolutions Wiki Launched

Wondering how many resolutions ICANN’s Board of Directors approved on new gTLDs before this year? Researching historic ICANN Board actions on IPv6? Looking for the status of IDN ccTLD fast-track resolution implementation? Have we got a new tool for you!

As part of the organization’s ongoing efforts to increase accountability and transparency, ICANN has launched a searchable wiki to provide easy-to-access information on every substantive resolution approved by the Board. The Board has approved more than 800 resolutions since ICANN was created in 1998. Each resolution from 1998 – 2009 now has a public wiki page that provides basic information, including when it was approved, what it’s about and, most importantly, the status and details of the resulting implementation actions. Additional information and links to related resolutions also are provided, enabling the public to research Board resolutions, track implementation of every Board action, and quickly find more information on topics of interest.

A comment box on the wiki pages allows individuals to share information about each resolution and its implementation. ICANN hopes to harness the power of the ICANN community to add to the basic information provided. We also would appreciate your help in suggesting labels for resolutions that will improve the effectiveness of the search tool.

In the next few weeks, all 2010 Board resolutions will be added to this wiki, and starting next year all subsequent Board resolutions will be entered shortly after they are approved by the Board. This will provide the public with the ability to track implementation of Board resolutions as actions unfold.

All interested individuals are encouraged to use and help us improve this new public resource.


    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"""" is not an IDN."