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ICANN Newsletter | Week ending 12 January 2007

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

Announcements This Week

Appointment of Chief Operating Officer

8 January 2007

ICANN in the News

Internet Should Be Run By Key Players: New ITU Boss (Reuters)

12 January 2007

Porn Domain Name Plans Revived (The Age)

7 January 2007

ICANN Featured Individual: Raimundo Beca, Board Member

Raimundo Beca is currently a partner at Imaginacción, a Chilean consulting company, and is in the board of several companies, among which namely Puerto San Vicente Talcahuano and Telefónica Mundo 188.

Prior to joining Imaginacción in 2003, he was for 11 years CRO of Telefónica CTC Chile, the Chilean local incumbent telephone company. During his tenure at CTC, the company became also the leader in the long distance, mobile, data networks and ISP markets.

Prior to joining Telefónica CTC Chile in 1992, Raimundo was for two years a Regional Expert in information technologies at ECLAC, the UN's regional economic agency for Latin America and the Caribbean. At ECLAC, he drafted a Green Book on information technologies policies, including a Decalogue on telecommunications privatization's best practices and an ambitious target of a 20% penetration of telephone premises in the region, by the year 2000.

Prior to joining ECLAC, he was for 13 years "Chargé de Mission" at the French Minister of Industry, in charge, among other issues, of the development of a national on line data industry. He was also largely involved, as a French delegate to the OCDE and the European Commission, on the early international debate on the information society, in the late 70's. To this extent, Raimundo was largely involved too on the enactment of the first rulings in the fields of data privacy, data security, access to public files and software's intellectual property rights.

Prior to joining the French Minister of Industry, Raimundo was, in a chronological order, researcher and professor of econometrics at the University of Chile, CEO of ECOM, the largest software house and data processing company in the early 70's in Chile and ingénieur en chef at SERTI, a top level French software house.

Raimundo is Chilean and was born in 1940. He holds a Civil Engineer degree at the Catholic University of Chile and a master degree in mathematical economics at the University of Paris VI, Pierre et Marie Curie.

Prior to joining the ICANN Board, Raimundo has been a member of the Address Council, the NIC's Chile Steering Committee and the LACNIC's Board.

Raimundo Beca was appointed to the ICANN Board by the Address Support Organization.

Raimundo Beca was selected for the ICANN Board by the Addressing Support Organisation. His current term will end six months after the conclusion of ICANN's annual meeting in 2006.

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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."