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Two Cross Community Working Groups – one, to develop an IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal (CWG) and a second, to develop a proposal on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG), have posted draft proposals for public comment. You are encouraged to review the proposals and provide feedback.

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A Community Message from Fadi Chehadé

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Following posting of the draft proposals for public comment by the Cross Community Working Groups to Develop an IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal on Naming Related Functions (CWG-Stewardship) & on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability), ICANN President & CEO Fadi Chehadé reflects on these accomplishments & the road ahead.

Learn more about ICANN’s Q3 Highlights

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ICANN held it’s FY15 Q3 Stakeholder Call on 23 April to report on activities from 1 January to 31 March. Click on the link above to view the recording and archives of previous Quarterly Stakeholder Calls.

Fellowship Application Round Opens for ICANN 54 Dublin

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The ICANN Fellowship program is seeking participants from developing countries of the world to help create a broader base of knowledgeable constituents to engage in the multistakeholder process and become the new voice of experience in their regions and beyond. If you are interested please click the link above.

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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""icann.org"" is not an IDN."