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The GNSO's New Motto: Be prepared!

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It's a new year, and for the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO), that means a new approach to getting things done. Alongside five major Policy Development Processes (PDPs), we have GNSO members participating in three Cross Community Working Groups (CCWGs), four Implementation Review Teams (IRTs), and four ICANN Specific Reviews. Some of these are just getting started, others are mid-stream, and others are nearing completion. We have come to consider an enormous workload as just business as usual. Even so, this year we're going to attack it more strategically.

The GNSO Council is getting together for a face-to-face meeting from 29-31 January in Los Angeles, California. We are seizing an opportunity to think critically about "big picture" issues and questions that simply don't fit in the typical 15-minute agenda timeslots. By the end of the meeting, we hope to better understand our role under the new bylaws and have plans for how to carry out that role more efficiently, effectively, and collaboratively. We'll be updating our operating procedures, documenting expectations, and developing new strategies. Don't expect us to sidestep around difficult questions, such as:

  • Why do PDPs take so long? (Yes, the GNSO wonders about that too.)
  • What do we do with all these new members in PDP Working Groups? (We do have more participants, but is this alleviating our crushing workload? Or is it just the same few folks pulling the oars?)
  • How can we better anticipate, identify, and tackle challenges and obstacles in PDP Working Groups?
  • What do liaisons to PDPs, IRTs, and other groups in the community really do? What should they be doing?
  • How can we help the ICANN organization and community acknowledge that there's more to the GNSO than just the Council Chair?
  • How do we make the most of the 16 days we spend together each year during ICANN's three public meetings?

We have scheduled our January Council meeting on 30 January to seize the face-to-face opportunity. As always, anyone can listen in via audiocast. If you're keen to find out more about our 2018 priorities and how we plan to approach them, you are also welcome to join the live audiocast of our discussions on 31 January. Or, if you'd rather just read a high-level summary of what took place over the three days, we'll publish a concise report shortly after the meeting ends.

Here's to the year ahead! There's no shortage of things to do, and this time we hope to be even better prepared.


    Seos Prener  18:49 UTC on 01 February 2018

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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"""" is not an IDN."