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SSR1 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.

SSR1 Phase


Phase Activity Description Start Date Documents
Assemble Review Team Call for volunteers Public announcement inviting volunteers to submit application 1 Jun 2010
Appointment of review team members Appointment of review team members 30 Sep 2010
Applications received Applications received for SSR 12 Sep 2010
SO/AC Requirements SO/AC Requirements for Review Team Volunteers 1 Jun 2010
Call for Independent Experts Call for Independent Experts – Preserving Security, Stability and Resiliency of the DNS Review (AoC) 1 Jul 2010
Review Team Selection Approach General Approach to Review Team Member Selection for the SSR DNS and WHOIS Review Teams 3 Sep 2010
Plan Review Call for Public Comments Questions and request for input from the community based on the SSR-RT 21 Feb 2011
Terms of Reference Document outlining the scope of work adopted by the review team 23 Jun 2011
Various Review team activities and detailed information available on the community wiki 20 Oct 2015
Conduct Review RFP for independent experts Call for Independent Experts 26 Jul 2010
Draft Report Draft report posted for public comment 12 Mar 2012
Draft Statement Draft statement posted for public comment on the Review Team's draft Recommendations #1 and #3 17 May 2012
Final Report Final report submitted to ICANN Board 20 Jun 2012
Public comment on Final Report Final report posted for public comment 21 Jun 2012
Applications received Applications received for independent expert on SSR 6 Sep 2010
Board Action Board receipt of the Final Report Board action and resolution 13 Sep 2012
Board action on review team recommendations Board action and resolution 18 Oct 2012
Plan Implementation Plan implementation Plan implementation 19 Oct 2012
Implement Improvements Details of implementation and periodic updates Information available on the ICANN website 31 Dec 2015
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."