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Nominating Committee (NomCom) Review


The NomCom is responsible for the selection of 8 members of ICANN's Board of Directors; 3 members of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO); 3 members of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO); and 5 members of the Interim At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC).

Members of the NomCom must meet several criteria, including being:

  • Accomplished persons of integrity, objectivity, and intelligence, with reputations for sound judgment and open minds, and with experience and competence with collegial large group decision-making;
  • Persons who are neutral and objective, without any fixed personal commitments to particular individuals, organizations, or commercial objectives in carrying out their responsibilities; and
  • Persons with an understanding of ICANN's mission and the potential impact of ICANN's activities on the broader Internet community who are willing to serve as volunteers, without compensation other than the reimbursement of certain expenses.

Pursuant to Article VII (6), ICANN is to provide "administrative and technical support necessary for the Nomination Committee to carry out its responsibilities."

Status: Assessment Phase

March 2012 Costa Rica – The Structural Improvements Committee (SIC) receives the Nominating Committee Improvements Implementation Project Plan [PDF, 329 KB].
January 2011 As no comments were posted (10 November – 10 December 2011) on the proposed Bylaw changes [PDF, 64 KB], the Board approves the proposed Bylaws amendments and directs staff to work with the SIC to prepare for implementation of the new provisions to be effective for the 2013 NomCom.
December 2010 The ICANN Board of Directors approves the Nominating Committee Improvements Implementation Project Plan [PDF, 242 KB] in Cartagena.
November 2010 An implementation plan [PDF, 244 KB] is issued on the basis of the NomCom WG's final recommendations.
October 2010

At its 14 October 2010 meeting, the SIC recommended that the Bylaws should be amended to achieve a recommendation of the NomCom Review Finalization Working Group - [PDF, 64 KB]

March - June 2010 In March, the Board of Directors resolves to receive the NomCom Review WG Final Report and instructs the Structural Improvements Committee (SIC) - at the Brussels meeting in June - to provide an implementation plan in coordination with staff. See Adopted Resolutions.
January 2010

The Review Finalization Group releases its final report (English [PDF, 364 KB]).

[PDF, 272 KB] العربية Español [PDF, 276 KB] Français [PDF, 300 KB] Русский [PDF, 296 KB] 中文 [PDF, 488 KB]
October – November 2009 The Review Finalization Groups' draft report is published for public comment.
September 2009

The Review Finalization Group issues its draft report (English [PDF, 276 KB]).

[PDF, 272 KB] العربية Español [PDF, 276 KB] Français [PDF, 300 KB] Русский [PDF, 296 KB] 中文 [PDF, 488 KB]
July 2009

The Board ratifies the decision of the Structural Improvements Committee to have a NomCom Review Finalization Working Group composed of:

  • Jonathan Cohen;
  • Steve Goldstein;
  • Alejandro Pisanty;
  • Thomas Roessler (Chair),
  • George Sadowsky (non-voting advisor).

This Review Finalization Group has the duty to update the conclusions and recommendations of the initial NomCom review WG report.

2009 Towards the conclusion of the review processes of the Board and the At Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) – the Structural Improvements Committee (SIC) – which in the meantime took over the duty of coordinating the Organizational Review processes – initiates dialogue with present and past NomCom Chairs as to analyze the implications arising from the NomCom review process.

It emerges that the findings and conclusions of the Working Group report need to be consolidated and updated before publication for public comments as the initial review was largely based on evidence collected in 2007.

2008 Following public comments, the NomCom Review WG analyzes the recommendations issued by external reviewers and presents a report to the Board Governance Committee (BGC), at that time responsible for the oversight of the Organizational Review function within ICANN.

The BGC considers that the recommendations from the NomCom review process need to be analyzed in coordination with the findings of other ongoing reviews. As a result, the NomCom review WG report is not published for public comment.
April 2008 A summary of public comments received in response to the external consultant's report is produced.
October 2007 The external consultant, Interisle Consulting Group, releases its final report (English [PDF, 1.11 MB]) which is submitted for public comment.
March 2007

Terms of Reference for the NomCom Review are issued and a Request for Proposals is posted.

The Board approves the following WG composition:

  • Jonathan Cohen;
  • Mouhamet Diop;
  • Steve Goldstein;
  • Alejandro Pisanty (Chair);
  • Njeri Rionge;
  • Peter Dengate Thrush.

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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."