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ICANN Newsletter | Week ending 10 August 2007

News from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers

Announcements This Week

Request for Information on Domain Tasting

10 August 2007 | GNSO Council recently resolved to form an ad hoc group for further fact-finding on the effects of this practice.

ICANN Launches Latest Consultation on New Top-Level Domains

10 August 2007 | The launch of a public consultation on a key report from ICANN's Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO).

Public Input Made Easier With One-Stop Comment Page

9 August 2007 | Review all of the issues in the consultation phase and provide comments with a new public comment page on the ICANN website.

Procedures for IDN TLD Evaluation Deployment in the Root Zone

6 August 2007 | ICANN has finalized the procedures describing how IANA will manage the insertion, administration and removal of internationalized top- level domains in the root zone for the upcoming evaluation.

ICANN in the News

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ICANN spreads love, opens bosom to all (The Register)

6 August 2007 | ICANN continued its ongoing outreach efforts last week with two announcements: the establishment of an ICANN online magazine and the expansion of a pilot fellowship program oriented towards those from countries relatively underrepresented in the ICANN processes.

ICANN Featured Individual: Jacob Malthouse, Regional Liaison Canada and the Caribbean

Jacob Malthouse is Liaison for the Caribbean and Canada at ICANN Global Partnerships.

From 2003-2005 Jacob was Head of Investment for the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI). At UNEP FI he was responsible for coordinating one of the largest ever global studies of the financial materiality of environmental, social and governance Issues. The Materiality project involved twenty-one firms and produced more than 800 pages of broker research.

Following the launch of the materiality project Jacob co-founded and was a principle architect of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment. The UN PRI is now endorsed by more than six trillion US dollars in assets.

Prior to UNEP FI Jacob held positions with the Global Environmental Change and Human Security Project, the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, and the Regional District of Comox-Strathcona. He was also foreman for a rural development project in Guyana, South America.

Jacob holds an BA in Geography and Economics from the University of Victoria. He is originally from Vancouver Island and is currently based in Los Angeles.

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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."