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Cyrus Jamnejad

Registrar Services & Engagement Manager

United States of America

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Cyrus Jamnejad is a Registrar Services & Engagement Manager with the Registrar Services team.

Cyrus joined ICANN in 2014 as part of the New gTLD Program team. As a Project Manager for the Global Domains Division he oversees a variety of projects, including the WHOIS Accuracy Reporting System, and manages several vendor relationships.

In previous roles with ICANN, Cyrus has been responsible for maintaining and improving New gTLD Program processes spanning the Application through Delegation phases, including management of Continued Operations Instruments.

Cyrus holds a JD/MBA from the University of Minnesota, and prior to joining ICANN worked for four years as an independent business consultant. Past clients range from nonprofits to tech-startups to some of America’s largest companies.

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."