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WHOIS Policy Review Team – Call for Independent Experts, Law Enforcement Representatives and Global Policy Experts Applications Received

26 July 2010 – A Call for Independent Experts, Law Enforcement Representatives and Global Policy Experts on the WHOIS Policy Review Team is issued. Interested candidates are invited to provide their CV and letter of motivation.

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

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

Applications received in response to the Call for Independent Experts:

Name Country Documents
Mr. Bill Smith US
Mr. Colin Jackson NZ
Mrs. Lynn Goodendorf US
Mr. S.S. Kshatriya IN


Applications received in response to the Call for Law Enforcement Representatives:

Name of Candidate Country Documents
Mr. Satyendra Kumar Pandey IN
Mrs. Sharon Lemon UK


Applications received in response to the Call for Global Policy Experts:

No applications received.


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."