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ICANN Concludes 23rd International Meeting with Action on Domain Name Security and Global Addressing Policy

July 15 2005, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg – Over 900 delegates from 55 countries gathered in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, to participate in ICANN's 23rd International Public Meeting. These meetings constitute an essential part of ICANN's global Internet Community consensus-development and outreach efforts.

ICANN conducted a series of important workshops on Internationalised Domain Name (IDN) implementation, the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS), and New TLDs.

The meeting also saw the completion of a contract between mTLD Top Level Domain, Ltd., and ICANN, formalizing the creation of the .Mobi domain for the mobile community. mTLD Top Level Domain, Ltd. was formed by member companies including Hutchison 3, GSM Association, Ericsson, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung, Syniverse Technologies, TIM, Telefonica Moviles, T-Mobile and Vodafone, with the aim of creating a registry service to the .mobi domain. This will serve as a reliable and recognizable mechanism for Internet content and services that are specifically tailored to a mobile experience.

The week's meeting culminated in the ICANN's Board of Directors public voting and approval of the following items:

  • A resolution to accept the recommendations of the ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) report on domain name hijacking and encouragement of interested parties to consider developing a set of Best Common Practices for Domain Name Protection
  • The adoption of the Board Procedure of Review of Global Addressing Policies
  • A Board direction to the General Counsel to complete revisions to the Conflicts of Interests Policy by August 2005
  • A direction to staff to improve transparency of reports of Board meetings conducted via telephone
  • Adoption of the ICANN Budget for the Fiscal Year 2005-2006.

The Board also resolved to designate the December 2005 meeting in Vancouver, Canada, as the Annual Meeting for ICANN. Present at this meeting were members of ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee, Internet country code Top-Level Domain (ccTLD) Managers, Business leaders, Registrar and Registry groups, Non Commercial Internet users, Intellectual Property holders and Internet Service Providers from across the region and the world.

Any press enquires should be addressed to Tanzanica King at ICANN on +1 310 301 5804. Any follow-up questions or requests can be sent to press@icann.org.

About ICANN:

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is an internationally organised, non-profit corporation that has responsibility for Internet Protocol (IP) address space allocation, protocol identifier assignment, generic (gTLD) and country code (ccTLD) Top-Level Domain name system management, and root server system management functions. As a private-public partnership, ICANN is dedicated to preserving the operational stability of the Internet; to promoting competition; to achieving broad representation of global Internet communities; and to developing policy appropriate to its mission through bottom-up, consensus-based processes.


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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."