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ICANN Acronyms and Terms

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  • uniform resource locatorURL

    A globally unique sequence of characters that describes the location of a specific file or resource (e.g., streaming video, software application, online service) on the Internet. The URL also identifies the protocol to use to open the specified file or resource. In the URL,, https identifies the protocol to use to open the resource located at