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RSSAC Caucus Work Parties

This page provides an overview of work parties in the RSSAC Caucus, including a description of the effort and its current status.

Composition | Work parties consist of a work party leader; members who may contribute to, review, or observe the work; and an RSSAC shepherd. Staff support resources from the ICANN organization are available to assist the work party.

Current Status | There are four stages to a work party.

Initiation

The RSSAC has approved the statement of work and appointed a shepherd. There is an open call for volunteers from the RSSAC Caucus.

Active

The work party is conducting its work through a regular schedule of teleconferences and meetings.

Review

The work party has concluded its work, and the work product is under review by the RSSAC Caucus and/or the RSSAC.

Closed

The RSSAC has published the work product.

Harmonization of Anonymization Procedures for Data Collecting

Description: Statement of Work

Current Status: Initiation

Work Party Leader: TBD

RSSAC Shepherd: Lars-Johan Liman

Staff Support: Andrew McConachie

Contact: ask-rssac@icann.org

Best Practices for the Distribution of Anycast Instances of the Root Name Service

Description: Statement of Work

Current Status: Active

Work Party Leader: Kaveh Ranjbar

RSSAC Shepherd: Kaveh Ranjbar

Staff Support: Andrew McConachie

Contact: ask-rssac@icann.org

Packet Sizes

Description: Statement of Work

Current Status: Initiation

Work Party Leader: TBD

RSSAC Shepherd: Duane Wessels

Staff Support: Andrew McConachie

Contact: ask-rssac@icann.org

Technical Analysis of the Naming Scheme Used for Individual Root Servers

Description: Statement of Work

Current Status: Review

Work Party Leader: Paul Hoffman

RSSAC Shepherd: Suzanne Woolf

Staff Support: Steve Sheng

Contact: ask-rssac@icann.org

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""icann.org"" is not an IDN."