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What to Expect at ICANN55: A Guide for Business Stakeholders

RSVP via this form by 17 February 2016

This webinar is an introduction to ICANN and the Commercial Stakeholder Group. It is designed for people in the business world who are new to the ICANN Community and interested in the upcoming ICANN55 Public Meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, from 5-10 March 2016.

When: Thursday, 18 February 2016
13:00-14:00 UTC

Where: Adobe Connect


  • ICANN55 Public Meeting in Marrakech and sessions of interest
  • Opportunities to follow, participate and join the work of business stakeholders in their various constituency groups
  • Latest topics in the Internet domain name and addressing systems


Members of the ICANN global business engagement team and regional engagement team for Africa and representatives from:

  • The Business Constituency
  • The Intellectual Property Constituency
  • The Internet Service Providers & Connectivity Providers Constituency

To join the webinar, RSVP by 17 February 2016:

Audio will be available in English and French.

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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"""" is not an IDN."