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Empowered Community Power Triggered: Approval of Amendments to ICANN's Fundamental Bylaws

26 May 2017 – On 23 May 2017, the ICANN organization sent a notice [PDF, 238 KB] to the Empowered Community that the ICANN Board has approved amendments to ICANN's Fundamental Bylaws to move the Board Governance Committee's reconsideration responsibilities to another Board Committee. This notice triggered a series of events that have been set in place for the Empowered Community to consider and approve the amendments before they can go into effect.

These events include a Community Forum that will be held on 27 June during ICANN59 for the community to convene and discuss the amendments. Following the Community Forum, each of the groups participating in the Empowered Community will have until 06:59 UTC on 21 July 2017 to provide notice to the Empowered Community Administration of its decision regarding approval of the amendments.

Details for the Community Forum, including remote participation, will be available on the ICANN59 meeting page on 5 June 2017.

To facilitate the Empowered Community's work in a transparent manner, ICANN has also launched three new websites.


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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."