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ICANN Hires Domain Name Policy Expert to Head Engagement in China

Jian-Chuan Zhang Joins ICANN as Head of China

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Beijing, China… Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that Jian-Chuan Zhang has been appointed as the Head of China and will join the organization on 17 April 2017.

Zhang will replace his predecessor Song Zheng and join the Global Stakeholder Engagement team in Asia Pacific. He will be operating out of the ICANN Beijing Engagement Centre.

"I would like to thank Song for his service in ICANN over the past three years, where he played a key role in starting the Beijing Engagement Centre's operations. During this time, we have seen significant growth in the Chinese multistakeholder community's participation in ICANN," said Jia-Rong Low, Vice President and Managing Director, ICANN Asia Pacific hub.

"I am confident that Jian-Chuan will be able to contribute to the APAC hub team, and to facilitate our Chinese multistakeholder community's participation. It is important that all stakeholders have a voice in ICANN policy and advice development. I'm sure Jian-Chuan will be able to take our existing engagement with China to the next level."

Zhang joins ICANN from KNET, where he currently serves as Senior Researcher and Director of Public and Policy Affairs. In this role, Zhang actively participated in ICANN consensus policies development including topics such as Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) and New gTLD Subsequent Procedures. He was also involved in the proposal discussions for Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) stewardship transition.

Zhang began his career in China Internet Network Information Centre (CNNIC), which formed his roots in the domain name industry. He has a Master of Arts in Public Management/Policy from Renmin University of China and a PhD in Public Administration from Northern Illinois University.


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ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address into your computer or other device – a name or a number. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation and a community with participants from all over the world.

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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."