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Call for Applicants for the Position of Volunteer Review Team Member | Review Team 2: Security, Stability and Resiliency of the DNS | Review Team 4: WHOIS Policy

Deadline: 15 July 2010 – 23.59 UTC

Deadline extended to: 29 July 2010 – 23.59 UTC

Affirmation reviews are to be performed by Review Teams composed of volunteer community Members representing the relevant Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees of ICANN.

A discussion paper on Affirmation Reviews Requirements and Implementation Processes [PDF, 617 KB] is available for full reference.

ICANN now invites interested individuals to apply for position of a volunteer Review Team Member on the following Review Teams:

  • Preserving security, stability and resiliency of the DNS;
  • WHOIS policy.

This call is intended for interested individuals who wish to apply in representation of a Supporting Organization (SO) or Advisory Committee (AC).

Please download the full text of this Call for Applicants [PDF, 101 KB], which contains further instructions and information on the application procedure for interested candidates.

Applications will be accepted until 29 July 2010 at 23:59 UTC.

Launch dates and deadlines:

  • 15 July 2010 --> Publication of the list of volunteers
  • End of August 2010 --> Endorsement by SO/ACs
  • First week of September 2010 --> Selectors announce the RT Members

SO/ACs' Requirements for the Security, Stability and Resiliency of the DNS Review

SO/ACs' Requirements for the WHOIS Policy Review

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."