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Below, please find a status update for all active Specific and Organizational Reviews that are in the planning, execution, or implementation phase.

What is the Status of Currently Active Specific Reviews?

Specific Reviews Currently Active Status Additional Resources
Accountability and Transparency (ATRT3) Three of seven SO/ACs completed their nominations. Next, the SO/AC chairs will assemble a Review Team based on the nominations from community groups. Find latest news and updates on the ATRT3 Review Workspace and historical milestones, outputs, and final deliverables on the ATRT Review Home Page on ICANN.org.
Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice (CCT) Review Team is refining its final report and recommendations. Find the latest news and progress updates on the CCT Review Workspace and historical milestones, outputs, and final deliverables on the CCT Review Home Page on ICANN.org.
Registration Directory Service Review formerly "WHOIS" (RDS-WHOIS2) Review Team is finalizing its Terms of Reference and Work Plan and conducting its analysis. Find the latest news and progress updates on the RDS-WHOIS2 Review Workspace and historical milestones, outputs, and final deliverables on the RDS Home Page on ICANN.org.
Security, Stability, and Resiliency of the Domain Name System (SSR2) Review work has been paused and the SO/AC chairs are working toward reactivating the review. See announcement here. Find the latest news and progress updates on the SSR2 Review Workspace and historical milestones, outputs, and final deliverables on the SSR Review Home Page on ICANN.org.

 

 

What is the Status of Currently Active Organizational Reviews?

Organizational Reviews currently active Status Additional Resources
Address Supporting Organization (ASO2) The NRO is currently assessing the Final Report of the independent examainer. Find essential milestones, outputs, and final deliverables on the ASO Review Home Page on ICANN.org.
At-Large (At-Large2) The At-Large Review Working Party is addressing additional information and clarifications of its feasibility assessment requested by the Organizational Effectiveness Committee (OEC). Find latest news and progress updates on the At-Large/ALAC Review Workspace and historical milestones, outputs, and final deliverables on the At-Large Review Home Page on ICANN.org.
Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO2) Review will start in August 2018; the procurement of independent examiner will begin in April 2018. ccNSO is conducting self-assessment work in preparation for the review. Find historical milestones, outputs, and final deliverables on the ccNSO Home Page on ICANN.org.
Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO2) GNSO2 Review recommendations are in the process of implementation. Find latest news and progress updates on the GNSO Review Workspace and historical milestones, outputs, and final deliverables on the GNSO Review Home Page on ICANN.org.
Nominating Committee (NomCom2) Review is underway and the assessment report has been published. The independent examiner will hold a webinar on 18 January to present the report to the ICANN community. Find latest news and progress updates on the NomCom Review Workspace and historical milestones, outputs, and final deliverables on the NomCom Review Home page on ICANN.org.
Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC2) Review is underway and the assessment report is expected in February 2018. Find latest news and progress updates on the RSSAC Review Workspace and historical milestones, outputs, and final deliverables on the RSSAC Review Home Page on ICANN.org.
Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC2) ICANN org is conducting the selection of the independent examiner. SSAC is conducting self-assessment work in preparation for the review. Find latest news and progress updates on the SSAC Review Workspace and historical milestones, outputs, and final deliverables on the SSAC Review Home Page on ICANN.org.

 

 

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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""icann.org"" is not an IDN."