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Fellowship Program Publishes 10-Year Anniversary Survey

10 Years Fellowship Program

Since its inception in 2007, the ICANN Fellowship Program is ICANN’s single largest capacity building program that seeks to engage more individuals from around the world in the policy development and technical coordination arms of ICANN’s community. Click the link above to read our Survey Summary.

Learn About the Dark Web: The Land of Hidden Services

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ICANN's Dave Piscitello, VP of Security, Information, and Communications Technologies (ICT) Coordinator, delves into the world of the Dark Web. Exploring encryption and evasion of the Dark Web, names for Dark Websites, and whether it is a place you should visit? Find out more in this new blog post by clicking the link above.

Emojis in Domain Names?

Patrik Fältström

Andrew McConachie, ICANN Technical and Policy Specialist, interviews Patrik Fälström, SSAC Chair, about the reasons why emojis cannot be used in the domain names. Click on the link above to watch the video and learn more.

Empowered Community Has Opportunity to Trigger Three Powers

Empowered Community

The ICANN Board adopted FY18 Operating Plans and Budgets. Under ICANN's post-IANA Stewardship Transition Bylaws, the Empowered Community has the power to consider and, if they choose, to reject these documents before they go into effect. Click the link to learn more.

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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"""" is not an IDN."