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At-Large1 Progress and Milestones

The graphic below illustrates phases and status of each review - a Checkmark indicates that all activities within a given phase have been completed. The chart that follows the graphic provides further details of key activities and milestones within each phase. The table also contains links to relevant documents.

At-Large1 Phase


Phase Activity Description Start Date Documents
Plan Review Appointment of review team members Appointment of review team members 23 Jan 2008
Terms of Reference Document outlining the scope of work adopted by the Board 20 Jun 2007
RFP for Independent Evaluator Independent Expert Request for Proposals announcement 20 Jun 2007
Conduct Review Selection of independent consultant Announcement of selection of independent consultant 23 Jan 2008
Final Report of External Consultant Westlake Consulting published its Independent Review of the At-Large Advisory Committee 25 Jul 2008
Public comment on External Consultant's Final Report Public comment on recommendations in Westlake Consulting Limited's Final Report 25 Jul 2008
Mid-point Consultation Report Mid-Point Consultation Report of the Board Governance Committee for ALAC Review Working Group on ALAC Improvements 21 Oct 2008
Public comment on ALAC Review Mid-Point Report Mid-Point Consultation Report of the Board Governance Committee for ALAC Review Working Group on ALAC Improvements posted for public comment 23 Oct 2008
Draft Final Report Draft Final Report of the ALAC Review Working Group on ALAC Improvements 28 Jan 2009
Public comment on Draft Final Report Public comment on Working Group's Draft Final Report 11 Feb 2009
Final Report Final report submitted to ICANN Board 9 Jun 2009
SIC approved Final Report Board's Structural Improvements Committee approved ALAC Review Working Group's Final Report 26 Jun 2009
Plan Implementation Implementation Plan Accepted Implementation plan accepted by the Board 5 Aug 2010
Implementation Project Plan ALAC/At-Large Improvements Implementation Project Plan 7 Jun 2010
Board resolution Board directs ICANN's CEO to provide the Board with a summary of the " ALAC/At‐Large Improvements Implementation Project Plan " for consideration at the next Board meeting 25 Jun 2010
Implement Improvements Latest details of implementation Information available on the community wiki 14 Jun 2012
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."