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Below are resources that have been suggested so far to offer information relevant to the transition of NTIA’s stewardship of the IANA functions.

Announcement


  1. NTIA Announcement

  2. ICANN Announcement (14 March 2014)

  3. Internet Tech Orgs News Release

  4. Reactions from Around the World

  5. ICANN Leadership Reacts -- ICANN Board Chair

  6. ICANN Leadership Reacts -- ICANN President and CEO

  7. Myths and Facts about the NTIA Announcement

Process


  1. Interview with Theresa Swinehart at ICANN50

  2. Transition of NTIA's Stewardship of the IANA Functions – Process to Develop the Proposal and Next Steps (6 June 2014) -- Final Process

  3. Transition of NTIA's Stewardship of the IANA Functions – Process to Develop the Proposal and Next Steps (6 June 2014) -- Announcement

  4. Call for Public Input: Draft Proposal, Based on Initial Community Feedback, of the Principles and Mechanisms and the Process to Develop a Proposal to Transition NTIA's Stewardship of the Functions (8 April 2014)

  5. Laying the Groundwork for the IANA Transition (26 March 2014)

  6. Getting Involved and Frequently Asked Questions – A Transition Infographic (24 March 2014)

  7. Public Consultation Process (14 March 2014)

IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group


  1. ICG Composition Infographic

Fact Sheet & FAQs


  1. What you need to know about IANA

  2. IANA Functions Informational Booklet

  3. Frequently Asked Questions about the Transition

  4. SAC068: SSAC Report on the IANA Functions Contract

  5. SAC067: Overview and History of the IANA Functions

  6. The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority Functions Fact Sheet

  7. The IANA Functions In 180 Seconds: A Video Explanation with Elise Gerich

  8. The IANA Functions at a Glance: Infographic

    This infographic explains how the core IANA functions allow users like you to access the Internet.

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."