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Join the webinars on Operating Standards for Reviews

Webinar on the Draft Report of the Review of the At-Large

On 21 February at 15:00 & 23:00 UTC, ICANN will host webinars on the Review Operating Standards, which, once in place, centralize existing operational best practices and also address issues such as the selection of Review Teams (for Specific Reviews) & the question of how to amend/modify the Operating Standards. Click the link above to learn more.

ICANN is seeking provider for the NomCom Review

ICANN seeks a provider for the NomCom Review

ICANN is seeking a provider to conduct an independent assessment of the Nominating Committee. NomCom is the independent committee tasked with selecting members of the Board of Directors and other key positions within ICANN's structure. The independent assessor will review the continued purpose of the NomCom. Click the link above to learn more.

2016 ICANN Annual Report

ICANN Annual Report

ICANN’s 2016 Annual Report covering 1 July 2015-30 June 2016 is now available. The report includes highlights from the year, the financial overview, achieving FY16 strategic objectives and goals and much more. To read the 2016 Annual Report click the link above.

ICANN58 Mobile App Now Available

Download the ICANN58 mobile app.

Our ICANN58 mobile app is now available in the App Store, Blackberry World, Google Play and the Windows Store. Use the app to register for ICANN58, find out important event information, learn about Copenhagen, meet other meeting participants and much more. Start preparing for ICANN58 in Copenhagen by downloading our mobile app today.

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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."