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Participate in Strategic Planning, Operating Standards, and Reviews at ICANN63

LOS ANGELES – 11 October 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has several opportunities at ICANN63 for community input and participation around strategic planning, operating standards and Specific and Organizational Reviews. Please see below:

Sunday, 21 October 2018:

  • SSR2 Face-to-Face Meeting

    Join the Security, Stability, and Resiliency (SSR2) Review Team as they hold day one of their face-to-face meeting. 8:30 – 17:30 CET, Room 120. Learn more.

  • NomCom Review: Implementation Planning Team Public Meeting

    Join the NomCom implementation planning team for an overview of the work of the implementation planning team to-date and share input and feedback before the Feasibility Assessment and Initial Implementation Plan is finalized. 10:30 – 11:45 CET, Room 134. Learn more

Monday, 22 October 2018:

  • SSR2 Review Team Engagement Session

    Join the Security, Stability, and Resiliency (SSR2) Review Team during this engagement session and share your input with the review team as it continues its fact-finding phase and develops initial findings and recommendations. 9:45 – 10:45 CET, Room 111/112. Learn more.

  • SSAC Review: Review Working Party Public Meeting

    Join the independent examiner who will provide an overview of recommendations made in the draft final report of the second Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC2) Review, out for public comment as of 15 October 2018. 12:15 – 13:15 CET, Room 127/128. Learn more.

  • ICANN 5-Year Strategic Planning Session

    Following the recent webinar, join members of the Board and the Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives team (MSSI) to share your input on approaches to addressing strategic issues and areas for prioritization in the development of ICANN's next 5-year strategic plan. 13:30 – 15:00 CET, Room 111/112. Learn more.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018:

  • SSR2 Review Team Face-to-Face Meeting

    Join the Security, Stability, and Resiliency (SSR2) Review Team as they hold day two of their face-to-face meeting. 8:30 – 13:15 CET, Room 131/132. Learn more.

  • Operating Standards: Update, Discussion, Next Steps

    Following the recent webinars, join this session for an update, community discussion, next steps, and provide feedback on the latest draft of the Operating Standards for Specific Reviews. 15:30 – 16:45 CET, Room 133. Learn more.

Thursday, 25 October 2018:

  • ccNSO Review Working Party Meeting

    Join the independent examiner as they provide progress of the second review of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO2) and answer questions. 9:00 – 10:15 CET, Room 129/130. Learn more.

  • RDS-WHOIS2 Review Team Engagement Session

    Join the Registration Directory Service (RDS-WHOIS2) Review Team to learn about the final report and recommendations and provide your input as the review team finalizes their recommendations and submits the final report to the ICANN Board for consideration. 10:30 – 12:00 CET, Room 117. Learn more.


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."