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Webinar On the GNSO’s Policy Development Process On Curative Rights Protection Mechanisms for International Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations

You are invited to an interactive webinar on 7 February 2017 at 14:00 UTC, to discuss the preliminary recommendations just published for public comment by the Working Group for the GNSO Policy Development Process on access by International Governmental Organizations’ (IGO) and International Non-Governmental Organizations’ (INGO) access to domain name dispute resolution processes. The public comment period for the Working Group’s Initial Report ( closes on 1 March 2017.

During this webinar, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions following a brief presentation of the Working Group’s preliminary recommendations by the Working Group co-chairs. Attendees will learn about the Working Group’s initial proposals for:

  • Whether to modify the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) or the Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) process to address the specific needs of IGOs and INGOs;
  • How an IGO may demonstrate standing to file a complaint under the UDRP or URS in the absence of trademark rights;
  • A Policy Guidance document to clarify the scope of application of the UDRP and URS to IGOs; and
  • Considerations relating to possible claims of jurisdictional immunity by IGOs in appeals from UDRP and URS determinations.


Date – 7 February 2017
Time – 1400 UTC for 60 minutes

How to Join:

Please sign up here or send an email to confirming your participation.

The webinar will be conducted in English. A recording and transcript will be posted on the GNSO website following the webinar.

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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."