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WHOIS Policy Review Team – Call for Applicants Applications Received

1 June 2010 – ICANN publishes a Call for Applicants [PDF, 86 KB] for the Position of Volunteer Review Team Member representing a SO/AC. Along with a CV and letter of motivation, interested volunteers are invited to specify the SO/AC they wish to represent during the process so as to validate their application.

12 September 2010 – SO/ACs to announce endorsed candidates.

September 2010 – Selectors issue their General Approach to Review Team Member Selection [PDF, 88 KB]

Please refer to the composition foreseen by the Selectors – Mr. Rod Beckstrom, ICANN’s CEO and Mrs. Heather Dryden, Chair of the GAC, at

30 September 2010 – Selectors announce the composition of the WHOIS Policy Review Team – please refer to the announcement

Name of Candidate SO/AC Country Documents SO/AC Endorsement
Mrs. Amber Sterling GNSO US Not Endorsed
Mr. Bill Smith GNSO US Not Endorsed
Mrs. Emily Taylor ccNSO UK Endorsed
Mr. Eric Brunner Williams GNSO US Not Endorsed
Mr. Jahangir Hossain ASO BD Not Endorsed
Mr. James Bladel GNSO US Endorsed
Mrs. Kathy Kleiman GNSO US Endorsed
Mr. Kim Von Arx GNSO CA Endorsed
Mr. Lee Eulgen GNSO US Not Endorsed
Mr. Lutz Donnerhacke ALAC DE Endorsed
Mr. Olivier Iteanu ALAC FR Endorsed
Mr. Omar Kaminski GAC BR Endorsed
Mr. Sarmad Hussain SSAC PK Endorsed
Mrs. Susan Kawaguchi GNSO US Endorsed
Mr. Wilfried Woeber ASO AT Endorsed

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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."