The Latest Update on the Board's Review of the CCWG Proposal
As reported Wednesday, the Board is engaged in full review of the CCWG-Accountability proposal. In line with our commitment to be open and transparent about our process, we are using this space to update the community on our next steps.
A subset of the ICANN Board and staff members finished a productive series of meetings this week focused on the CCWG proposal. We shared Wednesday that as part of this meeting, the group held a call with the CCWG Chairs, and met with several advisors. Additionally, we met with Larry Strickling, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator. The Board also held an informational call today. We would like to thank everyone for their time and valuable contributions to our discussion.
Also, as reported earlier this week, we have received an impact analysis of the proposal from our external counsel Jones Day. The impact analysis has been posted to the Public Comment forum [PDF, 539 KB].
On Monday 31 August, the CCWG will hold a 90-minute call at 22:00 UTC to brief the Board on its proposal, and also provide an opportunity for discussion. Details of the call will be posted to the CCWG wiki so that anyone in the community may participate.
On Wednesday 2 September, the Board and the CCWG will hold a call for the Board to share its feedback on the proposal. This call will take place at 22:00 UTC and can be streamed live through Adobe Connect. There will also be an opportunity for a follow up call if needed.
After those conversations with the CCWG, the Board will post its comments in the Public Comment forum.
We are committed to working productively and constructively to achieve a successful IANA Stewardship transition and an ICANN with enhanced accountability. We remain appreciative and supportive of the CCWG's valuable work.
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."