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Fabien Betremieux

Policy Development Support Director (GAC)

United States of America


Fabien Betremieux is ICANN’s GAC Policy Development Support Director and provides analytical support to ICANN’s GAC. Fabien joined ICANN’s Global Domains Division in 2014 where he was responsible for implementing several cross-community ICANN policies and initiatives. Involved in the new gTLD Program since 2009, Fabien assisted dozens of brand and geographic applicants while leading the new gTLD services of AFNIC, .fr ccTLD Manager and Registry Service Provider.

Prior to joining the DNS Industry, he held various Product Development positions in e-commerce and telecom companies. Early in his career he supported international cooperation initiatives for a French law enforcement agency. Originally trained as a Software Engineer, Fabien also holds a Master of International Affairs from Science Po Paris, part of which he completed at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

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."