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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.


ICANN Staff Contact

Registry Service Evaluation Process (RSEP)
Interested parties may comment on the RSEP policy implementation or any service posted on this page.

Krista Papac

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.

Krista Papac

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.

Krista Papac

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.

Krista Papac

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.

Krista Papac

At-Large Review
A survey to examine effectiveness of the At-Large Organization.

Larisa Gurlick

Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice Review
A review to examine the extent to which the introduction or expansion of gTLDs has promoted competition, consumer trust and consumer choice, as well as the effectiveness of:

  • The application and evaluation process
  • Safeguards put in place to mitigate issues involved in the introduction or expansion

Margie Milam

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"""" is not an IDN."