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ICANN participates in LACNIC29 and prepares for ICANN62 in Panama

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – 30 April 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the participation of Rodrigo de la Parra, Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement for Latin America and the Caribbean, at LACNIC29. This meeting will take place in Panama City, Panama from 30 April to 4 May 2018. Rodrigo will be available for interviews with the media on Monday, 30 April from 15:00 to 18:00 and Tuesday, 1 May from 9:00 to 13:00 (local time, -5 UTC).

In 2016, the ICANN org relocated ICANN56, originally planned for Panama City, due to concerns over the Zika outbreak in the Caribbean region. This year, ICANN will host two regional events in Panama:

  • LAC-i-Roadshow – 21 to 22 June 2018 Session dedicated to outreach focused on key topics related to the critical infrastructure of the Domain Name System (DNS) in the region.
  • ICANN62 Public Meeting – 25 to 28 June 2018 Policy Forum focused on current policy development work, outreach, and daily opportunities to network with the ICANN community.

ICANN Public Meetings are held three times each year in different regions of the world to encourage global participation. ICANN meetings offer the best opportunity for face-to-face discussions and airing of opinions among knowledgeable people dedicated to the continued stable and secure operation of the Internet. For more information visit the ICANN62 website.

Benefits of attending an ICANN Meeting:

  • Understand how Internet policies are created and how the Internet works.
  • Gain knowledge about the main issues facing the Internet today and in the future.
  • Enhance the ICANN org's work by participating in key developments.

Media contacts

Alexandra Dans
Sr. Communications Manager, Latin America and the Caribbean
+598 95 831 442

Daniela Campos-Lopez
Global Communications Coordinator
+1 (202) 304-5984


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."