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Accountability Mechanisms Committee of the Board

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    Chris Disspain
  • photo of Becky Burr
    Becky Burr
  • photo of Sarah Deutsch
    Sarah Deutsch
  • photo of Léon Felipe Sanchez Ambia
    Léon Felipe Sanchez Ambia
  • photo of Mike Silber
    Mike Silber


The Accountability Mechanisms Committee was established by the Board at its 23 September 2017 meeting.


The Committee Charter was adopted and approved by the Board on 23 September 2017.

Reconsideration Requests


From 23 September 2017, Reconsideration Requests Are the Responsibility of the Board Accountability Mechanisms Committee.

How to file a request for reconsideration. Requests for reconsideration must contain at least the following information:

  1. name, address, and contact information for the requesting party, including postal and e-mail addresses;
  2. the specific action or inaction of ICANN for which review or reconsideration is sought;
  3. the date of the action or inaction;
  4. the manner by which the requesting party will be affected by the action or inaction;
  5. the extent to which, in the opinion of the party submitting the Request for Reconsideration, the action or inaction complained of adversely affects others;
  6. whether a temporary stay of any action complained of is requested, and if so, the harms that will result if the action is not stayed;
  7. in the case of staff action or inaction, a detailed explanation of the facts as presented to the staff and the reasons why the staff's action or inaction was inconsistent with established ICANN policy(ies);
  8. in the case of Board action or inaction, a detailed explanation of the material information not considered by the Board and, if the information was not presented to the Board, the reasons the party submitting the request did not submit it to the Board before it acted or failed to act;
  9. what specific steps the requesting party asks ICANN to take-i.e., whether and how the action should be reversed, cancelled, or modified, or what specific action should be taken;
  10. the grounds on which the requested action should be taken; and
  11. any documents the requesting party wishes to submit in support of its request.

The above information must be submitted by e-mail to Requests will be publicly posted.

How to comment on a request for reconsideration. Comments on requests for reconsideration should be submitted to

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."