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Get Ready for ICANN65 Prep Week

LOS ANGELES –23 May 2019– Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) released the schedule for ICANN65's Prep Week. The Prep week will feature eight webinars, including updates on several community-led projects. This initiative aims to streamline the pre-ICANN Public Meeting experience to enable more substantive conversations during sessions, increase awareness of cross-community and high-interest topics, and enhance briefings and readout sessions.

Register and submit any questions via this form by Friday, 7 June 2019.

All registered attendees will receive participation details days before the webinar dates.

Tuesday, 11 June
16:00 UTC | ICANN Org Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI) Update
23:00 UTC | ICANN65 Security Update

Wednesday, 12 June
16:00 UTC | ICANN Org Global Domains Division (GDD) – Community Briefing on Raising Awareness about Registrant Issues and Challenges
23:00 UTC | Update on Evolving ICANN's Multistakeholder Model of Governance

Thursday, 13 June
16:00 UTC | ICANN Org Policy Team: Policy Updates
23:00 UTC | Nominating Committee Review Implementation Working Group Update

Monday, 17 June
16:00 UTC | ICANN Org FY21-25 Operating & Financial Plan and Open Data Program Updates
21:00 UTC | Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Policy Update

The webinars will run in English; however the Policy Team's Policy Update webinar will run in both English and French. Recordings and materials will be posted here. Materials from Policy Team's Policy Update will also be available in French.


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."