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Erika Randall

Associate General Counsel

United States of America


Erika Randall joined ICANN as Counsel in 2013. As a member of the legal team, she is responsible for the drafting and negotiation of contracts, general transactional legal advice and developing strategic processes for a wide range of transactions. Prior to working at ICANN, Erika was an Associate Attorney — Government and Public Law at Meyers Nave Riback Silver & Wilson, PLC. She also served as an Associate Attorney — Real Estate and Environmental at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP. Erika obtained her BA in Economics from Yale University and her JD from Duke University School of Law. During the course of her studies, she studied abroad at William and Mary School of Law in Madrid, Spain. Erika is proficient in Spanish and speaks basic Portuguese. She is also in the process of learning French.

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."