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ICANN57 Results

ICANN has published two reports -- Community Feedback and By The Numbers. These reports summarize our findings from ICANN’s first Annual General Meeting of the new Meeting Strategy. This meeting information is part of ICANN’s commitment to transparency.

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News and Announcements

ICANN to Participate in IGF 2016

IGF 2016 6-9 December Jalisco, Mexico

Internet Governance Forum 2016 will take place 6—9 December just outside Guadalajara, Mexico. ICANN presentations will highlight the IANA Stewardship Transition and increased accountability to the ICANN community. By showcasing ICANN’s role in the Internet ecosystem, we hope to attract new community members. Click the link above to learn more.

Explore the Post-ICANN57 Policy Report

Post-ICANN57 Policy Report

Read the Post-ICANN57 Policy Report to learn about the work and progress made by supporting organizations and advisory committees during ICANN57. This report will be translated into Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Turkish. Watch this space for the translations and click the link above to read the English version.

Register Today for ICANN58 in Copenhagen

ICANN58 in Copenhagen

Registration is open for ICANN58 in Copenhagen taking place from 11-16 March 2017. Join us for an opportunity to engage in face-to-face discussions, ask questions and help develop and implement Internet policies. Click the link above to register today.

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Domain Name System
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."