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Becky McGilley

Government and IGO Engagement Director

United States of America


Becky joined the ICANN organization November 2020 and currently holds the title of Government and IGO Engagement Director.

Becky McGilley is a dynamic and results-driven professional with over 15 years of leadership experience and a proven track record of achieving goals and increasing effectiveness. With a diverse educational background and a strong military foundation, Becky brings a unique blend of skills and expertise to her roles.

Becky’s educational journey began at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where she earned a B.S. in Law in 2007. She furthered her education by obtaining an M.S. in Management-Marketing from the University of Maryland University College in 2010, and in 2015, she earned an M.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

From 2007 to 2020, Becky served as a United States Army Officer, honing her leadership abilities and strategic mindset. In 2020, she transitioned to the role of Director for Government and IGO Engagement at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). In this position, she provides executive support to the Senior VP of Government Engagement, overseeing various projects and programs. She excels at forging strong relationships with partners, executing strategic initiatives, and building consensus across multiple organizational levels.

Prior to her role at ICANN, Becky served as the Executive Officer of the 44th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, where she was responsible for developing and executing strategic initiatives and large-scale operational projects. Becky displayed exemplary executive leadership, overseeing multiple program areas, planning logistics operations, and implementing proposals to improve program services and efficiencies. Her restructuring and rebuilding efforts garnered Department of the Army and DoD level awards for excellence.

Throughout her career, Becky has consistently demonstrated her ability to lead and manage teams, deliver results, and navigate complex environments.

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."