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ICANN Meetings Open in Argentina 4-8 April 2005

ICANN welcomes the Internet Community to Mar del Plata, in Argentina. This is ICANN's 22nd international public meeting and the fourth to be held in Latin America. These meetings constitute an essential part of ICANN's global consensus-development and outreach efforts.

ICANN's agenda for open participatory meetings address issues concerning all Internet stakeholders. They include:

  • DNS Security
  • Domain Name Hijacking
  • The World Summit on Information Society
  • Regional At-Large meetings with user groups from across Latin America
  • Whois Policy Development
  • Deployment of Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs)

The public meeting of ICANN's International Board of Directors will take place on Friday 8 April. Items that the ICANN Board will review include:

  • AfriNIC Application for Recognition as Regional Internet Registry
  • Corporate Governance Principles and Guidelines
  • IANA Policy For Allocation of IPv4 Blocks to Regional Internet Registries
  • The Designation of New Sponsored Top-Level Domains (sTLDs)
  • Proposed Change to ICANN Bylaws Regarding New ASO MoU
  • Proposed Change to ICANN Bylaws Regarding Number of GNSO Council Representatives

ICANN is extremely grateful to CABASE, the hosts for this meeting in Argentina, for all their support and the work going into providing this venue in Mar del Plata. Addressing these meetings will be Patricio Seoane, CABASE President, and Arquitecto Daniel Katz, Sr. Intendente de la Ciudad de Mar del Plata, who will officially open the ICANN meeting.

For a full schedule of events please review: http://www.icann.org/meetings/mardelplata/#ScheduleandAgenda

All main Auditorium meeting will be Webcast (denoted by an asterisk in the on-line agenda above), remote participation is welcome. To send questions to the Board of Directors or if you have questions or comments related to the meeting, please send an email to argentina@icann.org

A teleconference press conference is scheduled for 12:00-13:00 (local time) on Tuesday, 5 April. Participation details are available upon request. For all other press inquiries please email press@icann.org


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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."