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Our FY16 Q3 call has come to a close. Catch up on all of ICANN’s activities, progress & financials during the period ending 31 March 2016. Recordings from the call are now available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish and Portuguese. Additional materials will be available shortly.

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Interested in ICANN Policymaking?

POLICYmaking in the ICANN Community

With the ICANN56 Policy Forum in Helsinki just around the corner, we’re pleased to share our new ASO, ccNSO and GNSO policymaking infographic. Download the infographic, available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish, by clicking the link above. And see you in Finland 27-30 June 2016.

The 2015 LAC Year in Review Report is out!

2015 LAC Year In Review Report

Relive all our activities in Latin America and the Caribbean during 2015 by downloading this comprehensive report put together by ICANN’s regional team. Click the link above to download the English version of this report today!

Fellowship Program Application Round Opens for ICANN57

Apply ICANN57 Fellowship Round

lCANN has launched the Fellowship Program application round for the opportunity to participate in ICANN57 this October 2016. This round remains open until 27 May 2016 and successful candidates will be announced on the ICANN website, 27 July 2016. For more on how to apply, click on the link above.

Milestone Reached

Plan to Transition Stewardship of Key Internet Functions Sent to the U.S. Government

ICANN Board Chair, Dr. Stephen D. Crocker submits to the U.S. Government a plan developed by the international Internet community that, if approved, will lead to global stewardship of some key technical Internet functions. Want to learn more? 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."