ICANN68: 2020 Nominating Committee (NomCom) Update

The 2020 Nominating Committee (NomCom) is over halfway through its recruiting timeline for open ICANN leadership positions. Ahead of ICANN68, we want to provide you with an update on how the search is progressing.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult to meet our initial timeline, but we continue to work diligently. We are working closely with the ICANN Board and ICANN org leadership to access any resources we need to complete our work in a timely manner.

The 2020 NomCom is charged with filling seven open leadership positions:

Two members of the ICANN Board of Directors.
One member of the Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) Board of Directors.
Two regional representatives to the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) – one from the European region and one from the North American region.
One member of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council.
One member of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Council.
We are in the process of initial interviews and are encouraged by the diversity and credentials of the applicants, as these are key priorities for our search. Here are some data points about the applicants:

Total number of applicants: 96
Gender: Male = 65, Female = 18, Did not disclose = 13

Regional breakdown of applicants:
Africa: 22
Asia Pacific: 28
Europe: 7
Latin America and the Caribbean: 22
North America: 17

The NomCom hoped to meet in person at ICANN68 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, but now that ICANN68 is a Virtual Policy Forum, we will collaborate remotely on our important work. I know most of our community is under the same constraints, so you understand our situation. Even though we cannot have an informal chat in the hallway or over coffee, please feel free to reach out to anyone on the NomCom if you have feedback or questions. On behalf of the 2020 NomCom, have a productive and successful ICANN68.
Domain Name SystemInternationalized 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.”

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