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ICANN Publishes FY18 Operating Plan and Budget Proposed for ICANN Board Adoption

After reviewing the public comments, ICANN published the proposed ICANN FY18 Operating Plan and Budget, and update to the Five-Year Operating Plan. The documents were posted to the Public Comment page on 13 June 2017. After reviewing the public comments, the ICANN organization and the Board Finance Committee approved the Staff Report of Public Comments, which was posted on the Public Comment page on 2 June 2017. As indicated in the Staff Report, several changes were approved for incorporation into the proposed documents. The revised documents were posted online, with a summary of changes, to ensure public visibility of the final documents. These documents will be presented to the ICANN Board of Directors for adoption at a board meeting in Johannesburg on 24 June 2017. The documents can be found on the Public Comment page under the "Additional Information" section or on the planning page.

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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."