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WHOIS Policy Review Team Final Report -- Addendum


Chapter 4 of the WHOIS Review Team's final report [PDF, 1.44 MB] sets out the history of enquiries between the Review Team and ICANN staff with regard to staff numbers in Compliance, and the budget vs actual spends of the Compliance Function within ICANN. The report sets out the general budget figures provided to the Review Team, which are stated to include contributions from other departments. The report notes that our requests for further details of such contributions had not been answered at the time of writing.

Since that chapter was completed, the Review Team was provided with this document [] [PDF, 52 KB] by ICANN staff, which sets out the levels of contributions to Compliance from other departments for the Financial Year 2011. The document indicates that, not including overhead, 38% of Compliance's actual spend for 2011 was contribution from other departments (unspecified). Overhead (unspecified) accounts for 20% of total spend. In total, 57% of the $3,218,000 actual spend is comprised of contributions or overhead.

Given that the information arrived so late in the process, it was not possible for the Review Team to analyse the data, nor to go back to the ICANN Staff with supplementary questions arising from the information.

In the interests of transparency, and with the belief that others within the ICANN Community will share our interest in understanding ICANN's Compliance spend and budgeting, we publish this further document as part of Appendix B.


The WHOIS Policy Review Team Final Report [PDF, 1.44 MB].

Translations of the final report will be published as soon as possible.

A redline version comparing the posted draft and final report is available at: [PDF, 2.93 MB]

The WHOIS Review Team provided the following set of appendices to document its work:

Link to public comment:

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."