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2017: Introducing the New ICANN Korea Team

2017: 새로운 ICANN 한국 팀 소개

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ICANN Holds the First Capacity Building Workshop for African GAC Members

ICANN Capacity Building Workshop for the Africa Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) members

ICANN in cooperation with ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) Under-served Regions Working Group is pleased to announce the first capacity building workshop for the Africa Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) members in Nairobi. Learn about the workshop “Harnessing the Potential of the Africa GAC Members for better Participation in ICANN."

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ICANN's Nominating Committee (NomCom) invites interested individuals to submit applications or recommend candidates for ICANN's key leadership positions. Selected individuals will have a unique opportunity to work with accomplished colleagues from around the globe. To learn more click the link above.

Suspected Fraudulent ICANN Email


Read Geoff Bickers' latest blog on What You Should Do If You Receive A Suspected Fraudulent ICANN Email. Learn helpful hints about identifying fake emails and resources to protect your personal information.

ICANN59 Fellowship Application Round Now Open

Join us for ICANN59

lCANN launches the application round for ICANN59. This round is open only for Fellowship Program Alumni, those who have previously completed an ICANN Fellowship, as it is a Community Policy Forum. The meeting takes place from 26-29 June 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Click on the link above for more information.

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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."