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Compliance Outreach Activities | 2011

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2011 Events

Washington, D.C. Outreach on 15 December 2011

Over the course of three days, Maguy Serad (Senior Director) and Stacy Burnette (Director) meet with government officials from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and ICANN community members from the Intellectual Property Constituency, the Commercial and Business Constituency and the Registry Stakeholder Group to share information regarding the new direction of ICANN's Contractual Compliance Program and to receive ideas regarding ways to enhance operations. Candid discussions were held concerning: compliance resources, New gTLD readiness, compliance communications and consumer protection concerns.

Silicon Valley Outreach on 10 November 2011

Maguy Serad (Senior Director) and Khalil Rasheed (Senior Manager) met with representatives from Facebook, Symantec, Visa, Adobe, Apple and law firms at ICANN's Palo Alto office. The Compliance team made a well-received presentation to the participants, followed by useful discussions and knowledge sharing in a number of key compliance areas: UPDR, Whois and inter-registrar transfers. Pam Little (Senior Director) and Stacy Burnette (Director) joined the session by phone.

Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre
Asia Pacific – 25 May 2011


Pam Little, Senior Director of Contractual Compliance was invited to speak at the Seminar on Domain Name Dispute Resolution hosted by the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC*) in Hong Kong. The seminar was well attended by IP attorneys and n-house counsels based in Hong Kong and from China.

Pam's presentation focused on procedural aspects of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) and was intended to clarify:

  • Roles and responsibilities of the sponsoring registrar during the different phases of an administrative proceeding
  • ICANN's role in following up registrars who do not implement UDRP decisions
  • How the ICANN Consensus Policy "Expired Domain Deletion Policy" interacts with the UDRP

According to the Final GNSO Issue Report on The Current State of the UDRP [PDF, 2.69 MB], many experts agree that procedural aspects of the UDRP could be an area for further improvement.

* The HKIAC operates the Asia Domain Dispute Resolution Centre, as one of ICANN appointed UDRP services providers.

Europe Regional Accredited Registrars and gTLD Registries Event
Europe: 12-13 May 2011

The Europe Regional Accredited Registrars and gTLD Registries Event in Munich, Germany

Community Meetings

AOC Whois Review Team Meeting in London

The AOC Whois Review Team met face-to-face for the first time on 19–20 January 2011 in London. At the Review Team's request for a briefing by Compliance staff, Stacy Burnette attended the meeting and made a well-received presentation on "What is ICANN Doing in Compliance to Enforce the Existing Whois Policy." The Review Team is scheduled to meet face-to-face again at ICANN's 40th International Meeting in San Francisco.

ICANN Public Meetings

ICANN's 42nd International Public Meeting in Dakar, Senegal 23-28 October 2011

Maguy Serad, Stacy Burnette, Khalil Rasheed and Constance Brown attended ICANN's 42nd International Meeting in Dakar, Senegal 23-28 October 2011. Information regarding ICANN's Contractual Compliance Program was presented to the ALAC, IPC, registry Stakeholder Group, Registrar Stakeholder Group and the Law Enforcement Community during the Dakar meeting. Additionally, all community members were invited to meet contractual compliance staff and ask contractual compliance questions at an all-day compliance outreach event on Wednesday, 26 October 2011. This was a new outreach initiative to allow focused discussions as well as open interactions with all interested members of the ICANN community. The agenda consisted of four sessions; two with a focused topic and two as an open forum for questions and answers from attendees. The focused sessions topics were the Registrar Self-Assessment Questionnaire Review and feedback and Registrar Data Escrow.

ICANN's 41st International Public Meeting in Singapore 19-24 June 2011

Maguy Serad, Pam Little, Stacy Burnette, Khalil Rasheed and Carlos Alvarez attended ICANN's 41st International Meeting held in Singapore, 19–24 December 2010. Contractual Compliance staff made presentations to the ALAC, IPC, Registrar Stakeholder Group and the Business Constituency. In addition, they met with community members to discuss and exchange ideas regarding various compliance issues and attended numerous sessions.

ICANN 40th International Public Meeting in Silicon Valley, San Francisco 13-18 March 2011

Pam Little and Stacy Burnette attended the ICANN 40th International Meeting to be held in San Francisco 12-18 March 2011 (see further details at They updated the community on progress of new hires and staff changes, as well as two focus areas of enforcement work: registrar port 43 Whois access and the Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy. Staff also consulted and seeked input and comment from the community on a number of Compliance initiatives.

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."