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ICANN Publishes Staff Report On ICANN’s FY21–25 Operating and Financial Plan and Draft FY21 Operating Plan and Budget Public Comment Proceeding

LOS ANGELES – 31 March 2020 – On 27 March, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the staff report on the public comment proceeding of ICANN's Draft FY21-25 Operating and Financial Plan and Draft FY21 Operating Plan and Budget.  The proceeding ran from 20 December 2019 to 25 February 2020.

The report can be found here.

The ICANN organization will send the FY21-25 Operating and Financial Plan and FY21 Operating Plan and Budget to the Board for adoption early May. At the same time, ICANN will publish this document so the community has the opportunity to review it.

Since concluding the public comment process, the COVID-19 pandemic is significantly affecting the world. The ICANN org is working with the Board to assess and monitor potential impacts to ICANN's funding, functional activities, operating initiatives, and corresponding expense levels. The org remains committed to transparency and any changes to the current Draft FY21-25 Operating and Financial Plan and FY21 Operating Plan and Budget plans will be shared with the community in the coming weeks, prior to Board approval.

ICANN thanks all stakeholders who contributed to the submission of comments during this public comment period. Your participation in ICANN's planning and budgeting process is critical to continuously enhance ICANN's accountability and transparency.


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"""" is not an IDN."