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What do you want to know about ICANN? Online survey

One of ICANN’s most important jobs is to provide those interested in its processes with the information they need to interact fully. It is just as important that people are aware of what issues are currently being discussed within the organisation, what the outcome of recent discussions were, and what discussions will be coming up shortly. And that this information is readily and easily accessible.

In pursuit of these aims, ICANN has produced a series of publications, systems and websites to elicit input and comment from the Internet community. Some have been in place for years; others – such as the ICANN magazine and public comment webpage – are recent additions. We have plans to provide more information, in simpler formats, and pushed out rather than simply contained on the ICANN website. Before we take that next step, however, we want to gauge community feeling on the issue.

So ICANN’s general manager of public participation has produced an online interactive survey that is intended to give you, the community, a chance to comment on the effectiveness of these various methods: to tell us what ICANN is doing right, and what it is doing wrong; and to outline what you would like to see more of, and how you would like to see it. Your votes and comments will be anonymous.

The poll has been set up to be as quick and easy to complete as possible – just six questions – and should take only five minutes to complete. So please spend just a few minutes completing the survey and we try to design future informational needs around what people tell us they want.

Click here to go directly to the survey’s introductory page


    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"""" is not an IDN."