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Work to Improve the Effectiveness of ICANN’s Multistakeholder Model of Governance

As ICANN continues to evolve, the multistakeholder model of governance must also evolve, without compromising our deeply valued bottom-up decision-making process. With this in mind, the second objective of the ICANN Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2021-2025, states that ICANN should "Improve the effectiveness of ICANN's multistakeholder model of governance."

This page serves as a current listing of ongoing activities, resources, and information related to the ongoing effort to evolve the multistakeholder model of governance.

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Supporting Documents

12 June 2019 Final Issues List [PDF, 80 KB]
25 April 2019 Issues List [PDF, 109 KB]

Calendar of Events

25 June 2019

ICANN65: Evolving the Effectiveness of ICANN's Multistakeholder Model

1600-1730 UTC

Zoom recording

12 June 2019

Webinar: Update on Evolving ICANN's Multistakeholder Model of Governance

Zoom recording
Presentation [PDF, 3.17 MB]

14 and 15 May 2019

Webinar: Evolving ICANN's Multistakeholder Model of Governance

14 May 2019
Zoom recording
Presentation [PDF, 3.98 MB]

15 May 2019
Zoom recording
Presentation [PDF, 3.98 MB]

14 Mar 2019

ICANN Board Session on Governance (ICANN64)

Latest Announcements, Updates & Blogs

29 May 2019 Blog: Evolving ICANN's Multistakeholder Model: Continuing the Conversation and Preparing for ICANN65
7 May 2019 Webinar Invitation: Evolving ICANN's Multistakeholder Model
25 April 2019 Public Comment Proceeding: Evolving ICANN's Multistakeholder Model

9 Mar 2019

Welcome to ICANN64

20 Feb 2019

Chair's Blog: Wrapping up the Los Angeles Workshop

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."