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Public and Stakeholder Engagement Committee of the Board


The Public Participation Committee was established by the Board at its 7 November 2008 meeting.
The Board moved to approve the change of the Public Participation Committee name to the Public and Stakeholder Engagement Committee at its 11 April 2013 meeting.


Public Participation Committee Charter.
The Public and Stakeholder Engagement Committee's charter was adopted and approved by the Board on 11 April 2013.

Working Group

In line with the Board resolution adopted on February the 2nd 2013, ICANN has created the Meeting Strategy Working Group and invites interested individuals to apply for Volunteer Member positions – in representation of a Supporting Organization or Advisory Committee – to serve on this Meeting Strategy Working Group.


Document Publication Operational Policy [PDF, 200 KB]

Programme of Work for 2010/2011 [PDF, 152 KB]

Programa de trabajo propuesto para 2010/2011 [PDF, 108 KB]

Programme de travail proposé pour 2010/2011 [PDF, 108 KB]

Report for ICANN Public Participation Committee: ICANN 43 Document Publication [PDF, 249 KB]

Report for ICANN Public Participation Committee: ICANN 44 Document Publication [PDF, 351 KB] (Published on 10 August 2012)

Report for ICANN Public Participation Committee: ICANN 45 Document Publication [PDF, 345 KB] (Published on 3 December 2012)

Presentations at ICANN Public Meetings

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."