Improvements to the Quarterly Stakeholder Updates
We're evolving the Quarterly Stakeholder Updates to serve your needs better. Despite the changes, you will still receive the core information in a transparent and accountable way, and will still be able to ask the ICANN organization questions.
After reviewing the data from the past three years, we recognized that most of you prefer to access the recordings and materials after the fact (see chart below). Due to the low interest in the live calls, we're discontinuing them. We'll continue to post the report, but instead of the live call, we'll also provide an Adobe Connect recording with a shorter 10-minute executive summary of the full report. The materials will still be available in the six U.N. languages.
The first update in this new format will be posted on 7 September for the quarter ending 30 June. Next week, we will also post the results from the recent customer satisfaction survey for contracted parties, conducted by the MITA Group. The anonymous survey was intended to help improve the quality of our work and the level of mutual trust.
Although historically we haven't had many questions on the calls, we want to keep the opportunity to ask questions as we try this new approach. We're experimenting with a question and answer (Q&A) webinar (in the six U.N. languages) and chat. Depending on the level of participation in the webinar, we may consider other means for questions in future quarters.
This evolution is part of our broader ongoing efforts to continue to be transparent, accountable, accessible, and engaging. These efforts include the Executive Team Q&A sessions at ICANN Public Meetings, the CEO Report to the Board, and the new Accountability Indicators webpage.
I hope you enjoy this new format and I welcome your feedback. You’ll see more announcements when we publish the Quarterly Stakeholder Update.
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."