ICANN Ombudsman Herb Waye
I took office last week and on my first day as ICANN Ombudsman spent the day working with ICANN LA staff.
I would like to sent a big shout out to the ICANN LA staff for all their assistance; technical, administrative, and operational. You got me up and running with social media, you worked with me on budgetary/financial issues, you helped me over technical IT hurdles and you mostly made me feel so much at home. Extra thanks to Tony and Maria at the front desk, my go-to people who gave me directions whenever I got lost :-)
I spent time with IT, Legal, Compliance, Global Domains Division, new gTLD team, Training, Communications, & Meetings Team, to name a few, and met many other folks who smiled and chatted in the hallways and cafeteria. I also had a very nice chat with the CEO and look forward to a very positive relationship with Göran and his ICANN staff.
I also took the opportunity to hold an Ombuds Orientation presentation, offering seven new (and slightly less new) staff members insight into the role of the Ombudsman in the ICANN community.
I want to thank Mike Zupke and Karen Lentz who invited me to their farewell gathering. I have known both Mike and Karen for many years and wish them both nothing but success and happiness in their future endeavors.
Once again, thank you all for your enthusiasm and support. Herb
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."