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Reminder: Register for 7 December Q&A on the Latest Quarterly Stakeholder Update

LOS ANGELES – 5 December 2017 – Last week we published our latest Quarterly Stakeholder Update for the period ending 30 September.

You can view the report on the ICANN website as well as an Executive Summary recording from Göran Marby, President and CEO, and Cherine Chalaby, Chairman of the Board.

You are invited to attend a question and answer (Q&A) call on 7 December at 1700 UTC to ask any questions on this report. Please click here to register and receive the instructions for joining the call. If you are unable to access the form, please email us your full name and an email address to be registered.

The call is recorded and open for all to attend with live interpretation provided in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Recordings will be posted on the ICANN website.

These calls were set up to enhance ICANN's accountability and transparency efforts and are a great way for you to stay informed on what the ICANN organization has done in line with ICANN's mission of keeping the Internet secure, stable, and interoperable.

About ICANN

ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.


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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""icann.org"" is not an IDN."