[IDN-WG] ICANN News Alert -- Selection of Integration Panel for the IDN Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR)

Rinalia Abdul Rahim rinalia.abdulrahim at gmail.com
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News Alert


Selection of Integration Panel for the IDN Root Zone Label Generation Rules

6 September 2013

ICANN is pleased to announce that the Internationalized Domain Names (IDN)
Variant Top Level Domain (TLD) Program has completed the selection of the
Integration Panel for the IDN Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR). We
received many applications from well-qualified individuals and we thank all
the applicants for their interest in the IDN Variant TLD Program. The
Integration Panel is a vital component in the implementation of the
Procedure to Develop and Maintain the Label Generation Rules for the Root
Zone in Respect of IDNA Labels<
[PDF, 1.39 MB] (the Procedure), and its success depends on having
Integration Panel members with the right skills to perform the substantive

The Procedure defines a two-pass process for the creation of IDN label
generation rules (LGR) for the root zone. These rules are used to determine
sets of potential "variants" of a given label that may be afforded specific
treatment in the various root zone processes.

ICANN published the Call for Subject Matter Experts for IDN Root Zone LGR
Integration Panel and Advisors to All Panels<
on 6 June 2013. In response, ICANN received 22 eligible submissions and
utilized the following selection process:

 1.  ICANN reviewed the candidates' submissions against the predefined
criteria. The selection criteria were shared with the candidates and
candidates were given the opportunity to provide any additional information
in support of their candidature:
    *   The selection criteria for members of the Integration Panel
included at least one area of primary expertise in Unicode, Linguistics and
Writing Systems, Domain Name System (DNS) and IDNA.
    *   The selection process also took into account secondary experience
the candidates had in those same areas of expertise.
    *   In addition, the selection criteria required demonstrable ability
and experience to perform systematic and detailed analysis of large data
sets and to produce accurate and comprehensive results, have prior work
experience, and demonstrated ability to advocate positions and build group
 2.  Each selection criterion was assigned a score. The evaluation team
ranked each candidate's submission in relation to the selection criteria.
The process allowed the evaluation team to identify the candidates who best
satisfied the selection criteria.
 3.  Based on the scores for each of the candidates, the evaluation team
arrived at a list of the most suitable candidates. For each area of
expertise, the evaluation team reviewed the top candidates and made the
final selection based on the aggregate expertise of the panel to ensure
that all areas had appropriate representation.

Selected panel members are listed below:

 *   Marc Blanchet
 *   Asmus Freytag
 *   Michel Suignard
 *   Nicholas Ostler
 *   Wil Tan

Integration Panel members are expected to serve an initial term through
June 2014. Responsibilities of the Integration Panel members are stated in
the Procedure and the call for subject matter experts<
The decisions by the integration Panel are required to be unanimous.

Expert advisors are available to the Integration Panel to aid its
deliberations. These advisors aid the Integration Panel by lending their
subject matter expertise, based on specific requests from the Panel. Using
the same selection criteria as used for Panel members, the following
advisor has been selected:

 *   Michael Everson

The selected Advisor will serve an initial term through June 2014.
Additional advisors may be added at a later time as requested by the Panel
and as specified in the Procedure.

The Integration Panel will undertake the work through periodic conference
calls and face-to-face meetings. The first face-to-face meeting is planned
for early October 2013. Initial work includes preparing the maximal set of
code points and default whole label variant evaluation rules for the root
zone. This will serve as a starting point for the community Generation
Panels, the second part in the two-pass process.

For more information on the IDN Variant TLD Program, please visit

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