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Did you miss the ICANN Quarterly Stakeholder Call? The presentation and recording are now available. Translations will be posted shortly. The Quarterly Stakeholder Call provides an overview of activities from the quarter ending 31 March.

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What is New with ICANN Reviews?

ICANN Reviews

For the latest developments on currently active reviews be sure to read this blog from Senior Vice President of Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives, Theresa Swinehart. If any of these reviews interests you, we urge you to either get involved or encourage interested parties to participate. Click on the link above to learn more.

Empowered Community Powers

Empowered Community Powers

Explore the new Empowered Community infographic.The community has a process to raise concerns with an action or inaction made by the ICANN Board or organization, and gives SOs and ACs opportunities to discuss solutions with the Board.This resource is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian & Spanish. Click the link to learn more.

Read the New ICANN58 Report

By The Numbers Report

Today, ICANN published the results of the ICANN58 By the Numbers report that details the technical, demographic and attendance statistics. This report summarizes our statistical data from ICANN's second Community Forum of the new meeting strategy. This report is part of ICANN's commitment to transparency. Click on the link above to learn more.

15 NextGen Participants to Attend ICANN59

15 Students to Participate in ICANN59 NextGen Program

15 individuals from various universities in the African Region will join ICANN community members at the ICANN59 meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa. For more information about our NextGen Program and successful candidates click on the link above.

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We depend on the support of many different types of groups and sub-structures: Advisory Commitees, Supporting Organizations, standingcommittees, working groups, review teams, task forces, and 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""icann.org"" is not an IDN."