Skip to main content

NextGen@ICANN Program Opens Application Round for ICANN60

ICANN is looking for the next generation of individuals who are interested in becoming more engaged in their regional communities and in shaping the future of global Internet policy. Important work is happening every day at ICANN. If you're ready to start your journey, ICANN60 could be the place to start!

The ICANN60 Public Meeting will be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, from 28 October – 3 November 2017. To be eligible for the NextGen@ICANN Program, you must live in the region, be between the ages of 18 and 30, and be interested in Internet governance. If selected, you will receive a grant that includes airfare, hotel and a stipend.

The application round for ICANN60 opens on 15 May 2017. The deadline to apply is 23 June 2017.

  • If you're new to NextGen@ICANN, apply here.
  • If you've participated previously in NextGen@ICANN and would like to mentor new participants, consider becoming an Ambassador. Apply here.

Successful candidates will be announced on the ICANN website on 24 July 2017.

Learn more about NextGen@ICANN!


More Announcements
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."