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ICANN has named Göran Marby as its next President and Chief Executive Officer. Marby is Director-General of the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority and will assume his new position with ICANN in May 2016. He is a Swedish citizen based in Stockholm and will relocate with his family to Los Angeles.

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Explore Our New Infographic on the Growth of the Digital Economy

Growth of the Digital Economy Diagram

As part of the LAC strategy, our new infographic depicts the growth of the digital economy. It explains the benefits of Internet usage by businesses and how to become an active participant at ICANN. This graphic is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.

Fellowship and NextGen Application Rounds for ICANN56

ICANN DRPD | ICANN56 Fellowship & NextGen Programs Application Rounds Now Open!

lCANN has updated information regarding the application rounds for both the NextGen@ICANN and Fellowship Programs to participate in ICANN56 this coming June 2016. For more on how to apply, click on the link above.

Applications Open to Host a Remote Hub for ICANN55

Host a Remote Hub

Remote Hubs are geared towards communities and regions that would otherwise not be able to engage face to face at the ICANN Meeting. They provide an opportunity for stakeholders to bring their voice to certain topical sessions in a way that simulates the physical room experience. For more information click the above link.

An Introduction to the IANA Functions Now Available in 7 Languages

An Introduction to the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Functions

Do you know what protocol parameters, Internet number resources & domain names are? Check out this booklet on the IANA Functions available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian & Spanish. IANA Functions are the functions that coordinate some of the key elements that keep the Internet running smoothly. Click above to learn more.

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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."