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Third LAC DNS Forum to Take Place in the Dominican Republic

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Event: Latin American and Caribbean Domain Name System Forum (LAC DNS Forum)

When: 24–25 August 2016

Hotel Barceló Santo Domingo
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic


(Registration covers both the LAC DNS Forum and Internet Week.)

Fee: The LAC DNS Forum is free of charge.

The LAC DNS Forum brings together industry, Internet policy and technical professionals interested in debating DNS-related issues. It's also a good opportunity to engage and network with key players and experts in the field.

The forum is open to anyone interested in issues pertaining to the domain name industry and the business opportunities it can provide. The target audience includes:

  • Country code top-level domain (ccTLD) registries, registrars and resellers
  • Generic top-level domain (gTLD) registries, registrars and resellers
  • Registrants
  • DNS experts
  • gTLD applicants
  • Regional TLD organizations
  • IT and Internet businesses
  • Legal and intellectual property firms

This is the third edition of the LAC DNS Forum, first held in Buenos Aires in 2013. Due to the decision to relocate ICANN56 and ICANN57, the forum will be held for the first time outside an ICANN meeting. ICANN CEO Göran Marby will be participating.

The III LAC DNS Forum will be part of the Dominican Republic's Internet Week, marking the 25th anniversary of the delegation of the .do domain. Internet Week runs from 22–25 August.

The event is jointly organized by the Catholic University (Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra) with the domain registry office of .do, the Latin American and Caribbean Address Registry (LACNIC), the Latin American and Caribbean ccTLDs Organization (LACTLD), the Dominican Republic Chapter of the Internet Society, the Telecommunications Dominican Institute (INDOTEL) and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

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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."