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Paul Muchene

Technical Engagement Specialist



Paul joined ICANN as the Technical Engagement Specialist for Africa and the Middle East (MEA) and is based in Nairobi, Kenya. He reports directly to the VP of Technical Engagement at the ICANN Office of the CTO (OCTO).

He is responsible for both conducting technical trainings, and promoting ICANN’s stance of enhancing DNS security, stability, and resiliency in the MEA region.

Paul holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Georgia Tech and he's deeply passionate about the evolution of the Internet architecture.

Prior to joining ICANN Org, he served as a member of the of the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) caucus which, is a community of DNS and root server system experts from across the globe.

Recently he joined the DNS Operations, Analysis and Research Center (DNS-OARC), a platform that brings together leading researchers, key operators, and implementers from the DNS industry.

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."