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ICANN Newsletter | Week ending 8 December 2006

A weekly electronic newsletter from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers

Announcements This Week

ICANN Concludes 27th International Public Meeting in Sao Paulo with Action on Registry Agreements, Approval of Strategic Plan and Further Progress on IDN's

8 December 2006

ICANN Posts Final Version of Strategic Plan

8 December 2006

ICANN and DotAsia Organization Sign .ASIA Registry Agreement

7 December 2006

ICANN Posts Next Draft of Strategic Plan

7 December 2006

New At-Large Mailing Lists Go Live

6 December 2006

RSTEP Report on GNR Proposal Posted for Public Comment

6 December 2006

Comment Sought on DNS Root Zone Glue Policy

5 December 2006 | ICANN is reviewing the method used by IANA to accept confirmations for root zone glue data changes. Contributions are welcome on this issue, which considers whether the current approach of verifying changes to root zone glue is appropriate.

Discussion Paper on Retiring Country Code Top-Level Domains

5 December 2006 | ICANN is seeking comments on IANA's operating practices associated with the removal of country-code top-level domains from the DNS root zone. This includes domains that are no longer part of the ISO-3166 standard, such as .SU and .TP.

Latin America and Caribbean Sign Historic Internet Agreement with ICANN

5 December 2006

IDN Laboratory Test Design Plans

5 December 2006 | ICANN is pleased to make more detailed information available concerning the IDN laboratory testing plans. A draft test design has been developed by Autonomica and is posted here for review and comments before finalization after which the actual testing are conducted.

The Internet Pavilion: Where Participation Makes the Difference

4 December 2006

ICANN Formalizes Relationship with ccTLD Manager for Panama

4 December 2006

Latin America and Caribbean Internet User Groups Finalize MOU to Create Regional At-Large Organization

4 December 2006

ICANN Launches Public Comments on Proposed Procedure for Potential Conflicts between Whois Requirements and Privacy Laws

3 December 2006 | ICANN is launching a public comments period on the proposed Draft Procedure for Potential Conflicts between Whois Requirements and Privacy Laws. The public comment period will last from 3 December 2006 to 15 January 2007. Recognising the public policy aspects of this procedure ICANN has written to the Chair of ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) seeking GAC advice concerning the draft procedure. Both the draft procedure and the GAC letter are posted.

Second Annual Report for the Office of the Ombudsman

3 December 2006

ICANN Posts Operating Plan Status Report

3 December 2006

ICANN Releases Beta TLD Verification Tool

3 December 2006

ICANN Posts Revised Version of Draft Strategic Plan

3 December 2006

ICANN Featured Individual: Vanda Scartezini, Board Member

Vanda Scartezini is an Electronic Engeneering, Brazilian citizen, graduated in 1970. Since then she has held many management positions in private technology companies and in public institutions. She is the co-founder of Polo Consultores, a Brazilian IT consulting company since 1985. She served as the Brazilian National Secretary of Industrial Technology and as the National Secretary of Information Technology. She was also President of the Brazilian Patent Office. From 2000 until march 2004 she was the Brazilian representative at ICANN GAC. She served as GAC Vice Chair, term ended at March 2004.

She acted as Brazilian Government representative in many international missions around the world as well as an expert and consultant for institutions like WIPO, UNDP and UNCTAD. Untill last year she taught Intellectual Property at the MBA level in one of the major business academic institutions in Brazil [FGV – Fundacao Getulio Vargas].

She holds a position in many professional IT entities in Brazil, is a member of the board of four R&D institutions as well as is Vice President of Softex, a Society responsible for the more than 2000 software start ups in the country. She was honoured with many of the major prizes in the Brazilian IT Industry.

Vanda Scartezini was selected by the 2004 Nominating Committee to an additional term, which runs from the end of the 2004 annual meeting through the conclusion of the ICANN Annual Meeting in 2007.

ICANN Bylaws

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Strategic Plan [PDF, 72 KB]

July 2007 – June 2010

Operating Plan (Draft)

Fiscal Year 2006 – 07

Proposed Budget [PDF, 180 KB]

Fiscal Year 2006 – 2007

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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."