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RSSAC1 Progress and Milestones

The graphic below illustrates phases and status of each review – a Checkmark indicates that all activities within a given phase have been completed. The chart that follows the graphic provides further details of key activities and milestones within each phase. The table also contains links to relevant documents.

RSSAC1 Phase


Phase Activity Description Start Date Documents
Plan Review Appointment of review team members Appointment of review team members 26 Jun 2008
Terms of Reference Document outlining the scope of work adopted by the review team 11 Jul 2008
RFP for external consultant Independent Expert Request for Proposals announcement 11 Jul 2008
Conduct Review Executive Summary of Report of Independent Consultant Executive Summary of Independent Review of the Root Server System Advisory Committee 20 Feb 2009
Public Comment on Independent Consultant's Report Public Comment on Independent Review of Root Server System Advisory Committee by Westlake Consulting Limited 25 Feb 2009
Final Report of Independent Consultant Independent Review of the Root Server System Advisory Committee by Westlake Consulting Limited 9 Mar 2009
Draft Report Draft Final Report of the RSSAC Review Working Group 26 Apr 2010
Public Comment on RSSAC Review WG's Draft Report Public comment on RSSAC Review Working Group's Draft Report 27 Apr 2010
Final Report Final report submitted to ICANN Board 8 Jun 2010
Board receipt of the Final Report Board action and resolution 5 Aug 2010
Plan Implementation Board approval of RSSAC Review Implementation Plan Board action and resolution 25 Jan 2011
Implement Improvements Details of implementation and periodic updates Information available on the ICANN website 1 Dec 2010
RSSAC Bylaws Amendments Board adopts changes to ICANN Bylaws that are necessary to modify the charter for the RSSAC in line with the recommendations from the organizational review of the RSSAC. 11 Apr 2013
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."