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Recognizing ICANN Community Contributions in 2020

The ICANN Board, community, and organization are grateful for the community's tireless efforts and cooperative spirit shown over the last year. The collaborative contributions that community members have made through our Supporting Organizations, Advisory Committees, and other groups are central to supporting ICANN's mission. ICANN org is proud to help facilitate this work towards ensuring the security, stability, and resilience of the Internet.

We just completed a successful ICANN Virtual Annual General Meeting where we acknowledged the vibrant role and critical impact of our community. On 22 October 2020, we celebrated the contributions of 45 community leaders from our Supporting Organizations, Advisory Committees, stakeholder groups, constituencies, and the 2020 Nominating Committee who concluded a term of service between ICANN66 and ICANN69. The ICANN Board of Directors passed a formal resolution to recognize these community leaders:

Jason Schiller

Address Supporting Organization Address Council

Omo Oaiya

Address Supporting Organization Address Council

Sarah Kiden

African Regional At-Large Organization

Ali AlMeshal

Asian, Australasian, and Pacific Islands Regional At-Large Organization

Bastiaan Goslings

At-Large Advisory Committee

Humberto Carrasco

At-Large Advisory Committee

Javier Rúa-Jovet

At-Large Advisory Committee

Tijani Ben Jemaa

At-Large Advisory Committee

Hiro Hotta

Country Code Names Supporting Organization

Ajay Data

Country Code Names Supporting Organization

Keith Drazek

Generic Names Supporting Organization

Darcy Southwell

Generic Names Supporting Organization Council

Elsa Saade

Generic Names Supporting Organization Council

Erika Mann

Generic Names Supporting Organization Council

James Gannon

Generic Names Supporting Organization Council

Johan Helsingius

Generic Names Supporting Organization

Martin Silva Valent

Generic Names Supporting Organization Council

Michele Neylon

Generic Names Supporting Organization Council

Rafik Dammak

Generic Names Supporting Organization Council

Scott McCormick

Generic Names Supporting Organization Council

Chérif Diallo

Governmental Advisory Committee

Nigel Cassimire

Governmental Advisory Committee

Pär Brumark

Governmental Advisory Committee

Annebeth Lange

Nominating Committee

Caroline Greer

Nominating Committee

Chris Roosenraad

Nominating Committee

Damon Ashcraft

Nominating Committee

Erich Schweighofer

Nominating Committee

Kristine Dorrain

Nominating Committee

Lawrence Olawale-Roberts

Nominating Committee

Paul Mitchel

Nominating Committee

Stephanie Perrin

Noncommercial Stakeholder Group

Bruna Santos

Noncommercial Users Constituency

Joan Kerr

Not-for-Profit Operational Concerns Constituency

Wei Wang

Public Technical Identifiers Board of Directors

Graeme Bunton

Registrars Stakeholder Group

Tobias Sattler

Registrars Stakeholder Group

Kristian Ørmen

Registrars Stakeholder Group

Donna Austin

Registries Stakeholder Group

Samantha Demetriou

Registries Stakeholder Group

Brad Verd

Root Server System Advisory Committee

Keith Bluestein

Root Server System Advisory Committee

Matt Weinberg

Root Server System Advisory Committee

Andrew de la Haije

Security and Stability Advisory Committee

Bobby Flaim

Security and Stability Advisory Committee

We thank all our community leaders, past and present, for their dedication to ICANN's mission and for their invaluable contributions.

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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""icann.org"" is not an IDN."