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Registry Services Technical Evaluation Panel

(Updated 21 January 2016)

Under Section 1.4 of the Registry Services Evaluation Policy (RSEP), "the Registry Services Technical Evaluation Panel" shall consist of a total of 20 persons expert in the design, management and implementation of the complex systems and standards-protocols utilized in the Internet infrastructure and DNS (the "Registry Services Technical Evaluation Panel"). The members of the Registry Services Technical Evaluation Panel will be selected by its Chair. The Chair of the Registry Services Technical Evaluation Panel will be a person who is agreeable to both ICANN and the registry constituency of the supporting organizations then responsible for generic top level domain registry policies. All members of the Registry Services Technical Evaluation Panel and the Chair shall execute an agreement requiring that they shall consider the issues before the panel neutrally and according to the definitions of Security and Stability. For each matter referred to the Registry Services Technical Evaluation Panel, the Chair shall select no more than five members from the Registry Services Technical Evaluation Panel to evaluate the referred matter, none of which shall have an existing competitive, financial, or legal conflict of interest, and with due regard to the particular technical issues raised by the referral.

All members of the Registry Services Technical Evaluation Panel serve on the Panel and, if and when selected to do so, on any Review Team as individual experts. Panel members' organizational affiliation and country of residence are included in the membership list (below) in the interest of transparency and disclosure only. In their actions and statements as Panel and Review Team members, these individuals do not represent either their affiliated organizations or the country in which they reside in any way.

The current members of the Panel are:

Lyman Chapin (Chair; Interisle Consulting Group, LLC; US)

Greg Aaron (Illumintel, Inc.; US)

Jaap Akkerhuis (NLnet Labs; NL)

João Luis Silva Damas (Bond Internet Systems; ES)

John Dickinson (Sinodun Internet Technologies; UK)

Susan Estrada (Aldea Communications; US)

Ólafur Guðmundsson (OGUD Consulting; US)

Hirofumi Hotta (Japan Registry Services Company; JP)

Merike Kaeo (Double Shot Security; US)

Mark Kosters (Kosters Enterprises, LLC; US)

Fredrik Ljunggren (Kirei AB; SE)

Anne-Marie Eklund Löwinder (Stiftelsen för internetinfrastruktur, IIS; SE)

Mark McFadden (InterConnect Communications Ltd.; UK)

Alejandro Pisanty (UNAM, MX)

Jim Reid (RTFM LLP, UK)

Jakob Schlyter (Kirei AB; SE)

Ondřej Surý (CZ.NIC, CZ)

Wil Tan (Cloud Registry Pty. Ltd.; AU)

Rick Wesson (Support Intelligence; US)

Paul Wouters (No Hats Corporation; CA)

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."