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Participate in Strategic Planning, Operating Standards, and Reviews at ICANN63

LOS ANGELES – 11 October 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has several opportunities at ICANN63 for community input and participation around strategic planning, operating standards and Specific and...

Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review Team (CCT) Final Report Now Available for Public Comment

LOS ANGELES – 10 October 2018 - The Final Report and Recommendations [PDF, 4.89 MB] of the Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice (CCT) Review has been published for public comment. On 8 September 2018 the CCT Review Team submitted its...

Request for Proposal: ICANN Meetings Shipping and Logistics

LOS ANGELES – 9 October 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is soliciting proposals from suppliers qualified to provide global shipping and logistics services for the tri-annual ICANN meetings. The intent is to...

Initial Report of the New gTLD Auction Proceeds Cross-Community Working Group

Open Date: 8 October 2018 Close Date: 27 November 2018 Originating Organization: New gTLD Auction Proceeds Cross-Community Working Group, chartered by the ASO, ALAC, ccNSO, GNSO, GAC, SSAC and...

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An Introduction to the Business Constituency (BC)

ICANN's Mary Wong, Policy Senior Director, interviews Steve Del Bianco, BC Member, and Claudia Selli, BC Member. They provide an introduction to the Business Constituency.

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Rod Rasmussen Interview on SAC101: SSAC Advisory Regarding Access to Domain Name Registration Data

Andrew McConachie, ICANN Technical and Policy Manager, interviews Rod Rasmussen, SSAC Chair during ICANN62.

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An Introduction to the Business Constituency (BC)

ICANN's Mary Wong, Policy Senior Director, interviews Steve Del Bianco, BC Member, and Claudia Selli, BC Member. They provide an introduction to the Business Constituency.

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Rod Rasmussen Interview on SAC101: SSAC Advisory

Andrew McConachie, ICANN Technical and Policy Manager, interviews Rod Rasmussen, SSAC Chair during ICANN62.

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About the FY19 Board Activities & Priorities

The Information Transparency Initiative (ITI): Improving Announcement and Blog Findability

Executive Team Announcement

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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."