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SSAC1 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.

SSAC1 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 16 Sep 2008
RFP for external consultant Independent Expert Request for Proposals announcement 16 Sep 2008
Conduct Review Draft Final Report of Independent Consultant Review of the ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Committee – Public Discussion Draft #1 16 Feb 2009
Public Comment on Draft Final Report of Independent Consultant Public comment on JAS Communications' Draft Final Report 20 Mar 2009
Final Report of Independent Consultant Review of the ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Committee prepared by JAS Communications, LLC 15 May 2009
Public Comment on Independent Consultant's Final Report Public comment on JAS Communications' Final Report 21 May 2009
Draft Report Draft Report of the SSAC Review Working Group posted for public comment 18 Sep 2009
Public Comment on SSAC Review WG's Draft Report Public comment on SSAC Review Working Group's Draft Report 5 Oct 2009
Final Report Final report submitted to ICANN Board 29 Jan 2010
Board receipt of the Final Report Board action and resolution 12 Mar 2010
Plan Implementation Board receipt of Implementation Plan Board receipt of Implementation Plan 12 Mar 2010
Implement Improvements Details of implementation and periodic updates SSAC Improvements Implementation Plan 18 Mar 2011
Board action on review team recommendations Board action and resolution 25 Jun 2010
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."