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ICANN Announces Calls-to-Action for Community Participation in ICANN Reviews

LOS ANGELES – 19 June 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has several calls-to-action for community participation in ICANN reviews below.

  • Share your Public Comment on the Short-Term and Long-term Options to Adjust the Timing of Reviews. Please click here to learn about proposed short-term options and share your input. Close date: 6 July 2018 at 23:59 UTC. Please click here to learn about long-term options and share your input. Close date: 20 July 2018 at 23:59 UTC.
  • SSR2 Restarts, Learn More! On 7 June 2018, it was announced that the Second Review of the Security, Stability, and Resiliency of the Domain Name System (SSR2) was unpaused. Learn more in an announcement posted to here.
  • Join the Public Board Workshop Session in Panama for an Update on Short-Term and Long-Term Options for Streamlining Reviews. Saturday, 23 June from 13:15-13.45 (AST). Learn how to join.
  • Join the CCWG-Accountability WS2 Face-to-Face Plenary. This plenary session will address questions or issues that have surfaced since the distribution of the Work Stream 2 (WS2) Final Report. Sunday, 24 June from 8:30-17:00 (AST), Salon 1-3 (GAC). More details here.
  • Join the High Interest Session: RDS-WHOIS2 Review. The RDS-WHOIS2 Review Team will update the community on its findings to date and seek input as well as address any questions pertaining to its scope and work plan. Thursday, 28 June from 17:00-18:30 (AST), Salon 1-3 (GAC). More details here.
  • Join the Independent Examiner Presenting the Draft Final Report of the RSSAC2 Review. Tuesday, 26 June from 9:00-10:15 (AST), Metropolis 2, RSSAC room. More details here.
  • Join the GDRP-related Cross-Community Sessions at ICANN62
    • WHOIS/RDS Policy – Post-GDPR Developments and Next Steps Tuesday, 26 June from 15:15-16:45 (AST), Salon 1-3 (GAC). More details here.
    • Accreditation and Access to Non-Public WHOIS Data Post-GDPR Tuesday, 26 June from 17:00-18:30 (AST), Salon 1-3 (GAC). More details here.
  • Participate in Review Working Party's Discussion of Next Steps for the NomCom Review. Wednesday, 27 June from 9:00-10:15 (AST), Luxor Room. More details here.
  • Join the Independent Examiner Presenting the Assessment Report of the SSAC2 Review. Wednesday, 27 June from 9:15-10:15 (AST), Metropolis 3, SSAC room. More details here.

Visit the Review Status Update Table for the latest status on all active Specific and Organizational Reviews.


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 into your computer or other device – a name or a number. 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 and a community with 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."