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Recap on Data Protection and Privacy Activity

Data Protection and Privacy

ICANN’s Akram Atallah and Theresa Swinehart provide you with a recap on the dialogues that took place during ICANN60, recent developments, and what’s next in terms of the legal analysis. Click on the link above to learn more.

Wrap-Up Interview with Cherine Chalaby and Steve Crocker

Photo of Cherine Chalaby, Steve Crocker, and Brad White

ICANN’s Brad White sits down with new Board Chair Cherine Chalaby and outgoing Board Chair Steve Crocker. They discuss the challenges that the ICANN Board faces going forward and the importance of transparency and accountability in building trust with the community. Watch the interview and learn more by clicking the link above.

Register for ICANN61 in San Juan

ICANN61 Registration now open. Register today!

Join us for ICANN's Community Forum taking place in San Juan from 10-15 March 2018. Registration is now open for our ICANN61 Meeting. Be sure to click the link above to register today. See you there!

ICANN Publishes FY17 Annual Report

FY17 Annual Report

The ICANN Board of Directors published its FY17 Annual Report. This is the first year that the Bylaws require an ICANN Annual Report that is separate from ICANN’s Audited Financial Statements. Section 22.3 of ICANN's Bylaws sets out the required topics on which the Board must report. Click the title to explore the report.

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