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ICANN At-Large Begins Search for Board Member

Director to Represent Independent Internet Users

Los Angeles, California…ICANN's At-Large Community is beginning a search for an appointee to the ICANN Board of Directors. ALAC is looking for someone with a broad international perspective and a background in Internet users' interests, consumer policy and/or civil society worldwide.

A so-called Expressions of Interest will remain open for those interested in the position through December 26, 2013. This is the first step in a process through which ICANN's independent user community will appoint a voting member of the Board.

"The process is different because, by its nature, the At-Large community is looking for new people who are interested in participating in the Internet governance process and are coming from the civil society, the user community and so on," said Roberto Gaetano, a non-voting former ALAC liaison to the Board. "The qualification is basically to have an ethical attitude. We demand a moral standing and the ability to discuss freely, along with the ability to understand the different cultures".

The At-Large community consists of over 160 active At-Large organizations (called "At-Large Structures" or "ALSes"), representing the opinions of the global community of Internet users. At-Large allows individual worldwide Internet users to participate in a number of issues, such as:

  • Guidance on how to run Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs).
  • How to introduce new gTLDs (such as .eco, .green and IDN TLDs).
  • How to implement a stable and fair transition from IPv4 to the next Internet addresses generation, IPv6.

Those who wish to be considered for the ALAC Board position must complete an Expression of Interest form at: Completed application forms must be received by 23:59UTC on 26 December 2013.


To watch a video of Roberto Gaetano, Chair of the Board Candidate Evaluation Committee explain the Board member search, go here:

To view Tijani Ben Jemaa, Chair of the Board Member Process Committee speak about the process, go here (in French only):

Additional information is available on the At-Large Board Director 2014 Selection Workspace, go here;

To learn more about the At-Large Board Candidate Evaluation Committee, go here:


James Cole
ICANN Global Media Coordinator
Washington, D.C.
Tel. +1 202.570.7240

Andrew Robertson
Edelman Public Relations
London, U.K.
Tel. + 44 (7811) 341 945

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."