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Ahead of each Board workshop, the ICANN Organization Executive Team compiles a brief report for the Board that summarizes each department’s highlights, milestones and provides an overview of recent activity.

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Blog Entries from Göran


Advancing the Operational Design Phase


We would like to thank the community for working constructively with the ICANN organization (org) on the Operational Design Phase (ODP). Thanks to this cooperation, we are pleased to share that the ICANN Board has reviewed the ODP process paper following two rounds of community input. The org worked closely with the community to draft the ODP paper, incorporating community feedback with each...


Information Transparency Initiative Update: Project to Reach Milestone on 16 March


An Update on ICANN's GDPR-Related Efforts

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CEO Reports to the Board


Ahead of each Board workshop, the ICANN Organization Executive Team compiles a report for the Board that summarizes each department’s highlights, milestones and provides an overview of recent activity.


CEO Report to the Board [08 Sep 2020 — 18 Dec 2020]


ICANN Org Report to the Board [30 Mar 2020 — 04 Sep 2020]


ICANN Org Report to the Board [03 Dec 2019 — 27 Mar 2020]


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About Göran


Göran Marby brings over 20 years experience as a senior executive in the Internet and technology sector, as well as his leadership as Director General at the independent regulatory body Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS), where he worked closely with international organizations and standards bodies.


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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."