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Nominating Committee (NomCom)

The Nominating Committee (NomCom) is an independent committee tasked with identifying and selecting individuals for leadership positions. The ICANN Bylaws call for NomCom to make a specified number of appointments to the ICANN Board of Directors (Board), the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council, the Country-Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Council, and the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC).  For more information on the NomCom, click here.

NomCom Organizational Review

The goal of the review, to be undertaken pursuant to such criteria and standards as the Board shall direct, shall be to determine (i) whether that organization, council or committee has a continuing purpose in the ICANN structure, (ii) if so, whether any change in structure or operations is desirable to improve its effectiveness and (iii) whether that organization, council or committee is accountable to its constituencies, stakeholder groups, organizations and other stakeholders.

These periodic reviews shall be conducted no less frequently than every five years, based on feasibility as determined by the Board. Each five-year cycle will be computed from the moment of the reception by the Board of the final report of the relevant review Working Group.

The graphic below illustrates phases and status of each review - a  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 – you can view these details by clicking on each of the phases in the graphic.  The table also contains links to relevant documents.

PhaseActivityDescriptionStart DateDocuments
Plan ReviewCall for VolunteersCall for Volunteers: Forming NomCom2 Review Working Party13 Sep 2016
Announcement of Working PartyAnnouncement of NomCom2 Review Working Party10 Oct 2016

PhaseActivityDescriptionStart DateDocuments
Plan ReviewAppointment of review team membersAppointment of review team members30 Mar 2007
Appointment of final review team membersAppointment of review finalization working group members30 Jul 2009
Public comment on Terms of ReferencePublic Comment on Terms of Reference11 Dec 2006
Terms of ReferenceDocument outlining the scope of work approved by the Board15 Mar 2007
RFP for external consultantIndependent Expert Request for Proposals announcement15 Mar 2007
Conduct ReviewSelection of independent consultantAnnouncement of selection of independent consultant19 Jul 2007
Final Report of External ConsultantIndependent Review of the ICANN Nominating Committee prepared by Interisle Consulting Group, LLC23 Oct 2007
Public Comment SummarySummary of public comments received in response to the external consultant’s report11 Apr 2008
NomCom Review Finalization Group Draft Working Group ReportDraft Report of the NomCom Review Finalization Working Group23 Sep 2009
NomCom Review Finalization Group Final ReportFinal report submitted to ICANN Board29 Jan 2010
Board receipt of the Final ReportBoard action and resolution12 Mar 2010
Plan ImplementationBoard action on review team recommendationsBoard action and resolution25 Jun 2010
Implement ImprovementsImplementation Project PlanProject plan outlines approach developed to implement the recommendations outlined in the Final Report5 Nov 2010
Board approval of Implementation PlanApproval of NomCom Review Implementation10 Dec 2010
Latest details of implementationUpdated information on the NomCom Improvements Implementation Project1 Mar 2012

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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."