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2012 Events

ICANN's 45th International Meeting in Toronto, Canada 14 – 18 October 2012

Maguy Serad, Pam Little, Paul Redmond and Jacks Khawaja were joined by four "Newcomer" staff members, Victor Oppenheimer, Sumi Lee, Leticia Castillo and Atif Beg, at the ICANN's 45th International Meeting in Toronto, Canada 14 – 18 October 2012. The Contractual Compliance team made presentations on ICANN's Contractual Compliance Program at a Newcomers session as well as to the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC), the Registrar Stakeholder Group and the Intellectual Procperty Constituency (IPC) stakeholder Group. The Contractual Compliance team also met with members from the Law Enforcement Community.

In addition, two sessions were held on Wednesday 17 October 2012. The first session, Contractual Compliance – Performance Measurement and Application Update [PDF, 8.36 MB] showcased the tool used for performance measurement and business analysis, to share the improved and revised complaint submission interface and to provide an application update. The second session, Contractual Compliance - Audit Strategy [PDF, 1.03 MB] informed the community on the audit approach, the three-year audit plan, and the audit details and timelines.

Transfer Policy Outreach Webinar on 25 September 2012

As part of Contractual Compliance's on-going outreach effort, Pam Little (Senior Director, Contractual Compliance, Asia Pacific) conducted a webinar in Mandarin on the current Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy and Contractual Compliance process [PDF, 787 KB] for registrars in China on 25 September 2012 (Beijing time). The webinar was intended to promote better awareness and improve registrar compliance. It was well attended and well received by over 40 representatives from 27 registrars. Currently, there are 33 ICANN-accredited registrars in China.

Audit Program Information Session for Registrars and Registries – September 2012

Jacks Khawaja (Manager-Risk and Audit) held three sessions about the "future" Audit Program [PDF, 332 KB] to allow focused discussion as well as interactions with all interested members of the ICANN Registrar and Registry community. In an effort to increase transparency, collaboration and knowledge, he presented the audit program, overall approach, audit scope and provisions, and the plan.

ICANN's 44th International Meeting in Prague, Czech Republic 24 – 29 June 2012

Maguy Serad, Stacy Burnette, Carlos Alvarez and Owen Smigelski attended ICANN's 44th International Meeting in Prague, Czech Republic 24 - 29 June 2012 – The Compliance team made presentations on ICANN's Contractual Compliance Program at a Newcomers session as well as to the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) and the Registrar Stakeholder Group. In an effort to increase transparency, accountability, collaboration and knowledge, the Contractual Compliance team hosted two additional sessions to allow focused discussions as well as open interactions with all interested members of the ICANN community. The two sessions were Contractual Compliance Registrar Focus Session [PDF, 2.80 MB] and the Contractual Compliance Registry Focus Session [PDF, 1.69 MB]. The Contractual Compliance team also met with members from the Law Enforcement Community.

NA Regional Accredited Registrars and gTLD Registries Event 17-18 May 2012
California, USA

Contractual Compliance Update [PDF, 574 KB]
Inter Registrar Transfer Policy Changes [PDF, 597 KB]

San Jose, Costa Rica Outreach on Wednesday, 14 March 2012

In an effort to increase transparency, accountability, collaboration and knowledge, Maguy Serad, Pam Little, Jack Khawaja and Jonathan Denison hosted two sessions to allow focused discussions as well as open interactions with all interested members of the ICANN community. The two sessions are Contractual Compliance Registrar Focus Session [PDF, 2.02 MB] and the Contractual Compliance Registry Focus Session [PDF, 1.39 MB].

ICANN's 43rd International Meeting in San Jose, Costa Rica 12-16 March 2012

Maguy Serad, Pam Little, Jack Khawaja and Jonathan Denison attended ICANN's 43rd International Meeting in San Jose, Costa Rica 12-16 March 2012 - The Compliance team made presentations on ICANN's Contractual Compliance Program and update to the Newcomers Track, the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC), Commercial Stakeholder Group (CSG), Registry Stakeholder Group, Registrar Stakeholder Group, Law Enforcement Community and the Latin America and Caribbean Islands Regional At-Large Organization (LACRALO). Additionally, the Compliance team held two interactive sessions (one with registrar focus and the other with registry focus) with community members on Wednesday, 14 March 2012.

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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""icann.org"" is not an IDN."