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GDD Industry Summit | 3-6 May 2020


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GDD Industry Summit | Paris, France | 3-6 May 2020

Join the ICANN organization's Global Domains Division, ICANN accredited registrars, and gTLD registries for a three-day summit to be held 3-6 May 2020 in Paris, France.

The GDD Industry Summit provides contracted parties an opportunity to engage and address issues of mutual interest and importance. This forum enables direct and one-on-one interaction with members of the ICANN org's GDD team. It is not a typical ICANN meeting, nor is it intended for discussions of policy.

Preliminary GDD Industry Summit Agenda

Registration for GDD Industry Summit and DNS Symposium

Timeline of Events:

GDD Team 1-on-1 Pre-scheduled Meetings: Sunday, 3 May 2020 (afternoon)
Meet and Greet Welcome Reception: Sunday, 3 May 2020 (evening)
Sessions: Monday, 4 May – Wednesday, 6 May 2020
GDD Team 1-on-1 Pre-scheduled Meetings: Wednesday, 6 May 2020 (afternoon)

Additional industry events to follow at the same venue:

Registrations Operations Workshop (ROW) Wednesday, 6 May 2020 (afternoon)
ICANN DNS Symposium Thursday, 7 May – Friday, 8 May 2020
DNS OARC Saturday, 9 May – Sunday, 10 May 2020

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Hotel and Venue:
Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel & Conference Center, Paris, France
Group rate expires 27 March.

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Event sponsorship opportunities are available, review opportunities in our brochure.
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Community Child Care Grants Pilot Program
Registered attendees of the 2020 GDD Industry Summit and DNS Symposium are eligible to participate in the ICANN Community Child Care Grants Pilot Program. Up to five (5) grants will be funded in total, and applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.

GDD Summit Archive

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"""" is not an IDN."