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Operational Consultations

A vital element of ICANN's accountability and transparency is the opportunity for operational consultation and feedback on various ICANN topics. This page provides a summary of available operational consultations to help individuals and the community easily locate topics of interest. More information on each topic can be obtained by following the link provided for said topic.

Topic ICANN Staff Contact
Registry Service Evaluation Process (RSEP)
Interested parties may comment on the RSEP policy implementation or any service posted on this page.
Russ Weinstein
Authorization Process for Release of Two-Character ASCII Labels
Governments can comment on release of two-character labels from reservation and registries may respond with the measures they plan to implement to avoid confusion.
Russ Weinstein
Request for Specification 13 to the Base Registry Agreement
Interested parties may comment for 30-days on applications to add Specification 13. .BRAND TLD Provisions, to the Base Registry Agreement.
Russ Weinstein
Request for exemption to the Code of Conduct (COC) of the Base Registry Agreement Interested parties may comment or 30-days on Registry Operator requests for exemption from Specification 9 of the Registry Agreement, the Registry Operator Code of Conduct. Russ Weinstein
Registry Agreement (RA) Termination Interested parties may comment for 30-days on ICANN's preliminary determination on whether to transition operation of a terminating Registry to a successor registry operator. Russ Weinstein
Accountability and Transparency Review The Board, no less frequently than every five years, shall cause a periodic review of ICANN's execution of its commitment to maintain and improve robust mechanisms for public input, accountability, and transparency so as to ensure that the outcomes of its decision-making reflect the public interest and are accountable to the Internet community. Lars Hoffmann
Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice Review
A review to assess the extent to which the introduction or expansion of gTLDs has promoted competition, consumer trust and consumer choice. Additionally, the review considers the effectiveness of the New gTLD Round's application and evaluation process and safeguards put in place to mitigate issues arising from the New gTLD Round
Negar Farzinnia
Registration Directory Service Review A review to examine the effectiveness of the then current gTLD registry directory service and whether its implementation meets the legitimate needs of law enforcement, promoting consumer trust and safeguarding registrant data. Negar Farzinnia
Security, Stability and Resiliency Review A review of ICANN's execution of its commitment to enhance the operational stability, reliability, resiliency, security, and global interoperability of the systems and processes, both internal and external, that directly affect and/or are affected by the Internet's system of unique identifiers that ICANN coordinates. Negar Farzinnia
Address Supporting Organization Review A review to assess the performance and operation of the Address Supporting Organization (ASO), provided, according to the ASO Memorandum of Understanding with ICANN, by the Number Resource Organization's (NRO) own mechanisms. Lars Hoffmann
At-Large Review A review to assess the performance and operation of the At-Large organization, according to ICANN Bylaws, Section 4.4. Lars Hoffmann
Country Codes Names Supporting Organization Review A review to assess the performance and operation of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO), according to ICANN Bylaws, Section 4.4. Lars Hoffmann
Generic Names Supporting Organization Review A review to assess the performance and operation of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO), according to ICANN Bylaws, Section 4.4. Lars Hoffmann
Nominating Committee Review A review to assess the performance and operation of the Nominatin Committee (NomCom), according to ICANN Bylaws, Section 4.4.. Lars Hoffmann
Root Server System Advisory Committee Review A review to assess the performance and operation of the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC), according to ICANN Bylaws, Section 4.4. Lars Hoffmann
Security and Stability Advisory Committee Review A review to assess the performance and operation of the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC), according to ICANN Bylaws, Section 4.4. Lars Hoffmann
IANA Stewardship Implementation
Latest updates, documents, and discussions relating to the implementation of the IANA Stewardship Transition.
Trang Nguyen
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""icann.org"" is not an IDN."