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Call for Independent Experts – Preserving Security, Stability and Resiliency of the DNS Review (AoC)

Deadline: 6 September 2010 – 23:59 UTC

In line with the Affirmation provisions, the Security, Stability and Resiliency of the DNS Review (SSR) is to be objectively performed by a Review Team composed of:

  • Volunteer Community Members representing the relevant Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees of ICANN;
  • ICANN CEO (or designated nominee);
  • GAC Chair (or designated nominee); and
  • Independent experts.

The composition of this Review Team 2 shall be jointly determined by the CEO of ICANN – Mr. Rod Beckstrom – and Chair of the GAC – Mrs. Heather Dryden (in consultation with GAC Members).

Whereas a Call for Applicants for volunteer RT Members was launched on June 1, ICANN now invites interested individuals to apply for a position of independent expert on the Security, Stability and Resiliency of the DNS Review Team.

Please refer to the Preserving Security, Stability and Resiliency of the DNS Review – Call for Independent Experts, Details [PDF, 91 KB] for further information and instructions on the application process.

An extensive expertise in the subject under review as well as an ability to remain fully independent and objective constitute highly desired requirements for a valid application.

Interested candidates, please submit your CV, letter of motivation to by 6 September 2010 – 23:59 UTC. Relevant experience should be clearly stated.



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."