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Reviews are one of several important ICANN accountability mechanisms. Find the latest news, updates, and opportunities to participate in the various ICANN reviews below.

Specific Reviews are led by community review teams to assess the performance of the ICANN organization in key areas pertaining to its core function and make recommendations to improve future performance.

  • RDS-WHOIS2 Review: Join the Registration Directory Service (RDS-WHOIS2) Review Team face-to-face meeting on 2-3 October 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. Visit the "Opportunities to Participate" section of the RDS-WHOIS2 wiki homepage for meeting details, how to participate, and track progress.
  • SSR2 Review: Members of the "ICANN SSR" subgroup of volunteers from the Second Security, Stability, and Resiliency Review Team (SSR2) will meet on 9-10 October in Los Angeles. Visit the "Opportunities to Participate" section of the SSR2 wiki homepage for meeting details, how to participate, and track progress.
  • CCT Review: The Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice (CCT) Review Team is refining its draft report [PDF, 6.7 MB] based on public comments. The new draft report will contain additional sections including results from a new generic top-level domain (gTLD) cost impact survey [PDF, 1.4 MB] and the Statistical Analysis of Domain Name System (DNS) Abuse in gTLDs Final Report [PDF, 2.2 MB]. Bookmark the wiki home page to make sure you don't miss an update!

Organizational Reviews are led by independent examiners to assess to what extent ICANN's Supporting Organizations (SOs) and Advisory Committees (ACs) fulfill their purpose and whether any change in structure or operations is needed to improve their effectiveness.

  • NomCom2 Review: The independent examiner, Analysis Group, is seeking broad community input to measure community perception of the Nominating Committee (NomCom). Please take this online survey to inform the NomCom Review The survey will close on 13 October 2017.


    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."