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The Fifth Eastern European DNS Forum Goes Virtual

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Brussels – 27 October 2020 – The fifth Eastern European Domain Name System Forum (EEDNSF) will take place online from 18-19 November 2020. The event is organized by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in partnership with Caucasus Online, which is hosting the event.

The EEDNSF is part of ICANN's regional outreach efforts to raise awareness about DNS-related issues; and collaborate with stakeholders through discussions on topics currently under development. The Forum will bring together interested parties and experts to share experiences, and update participants on regional and global domain industry trends. This year's program includes the following key topics:

  • Regional focus on Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) and Universal Acceptance (UA)
  • ICANN's Identifier Technology Health Indicators (ITHI) and Health of the DNS Ecosystem
  • DNS Operations and Security
  • Business Continuity for Registries: A Regional Approach

The EEDNSF gives participants an opportunity to interact with one another and discuss the many business, technical, and policy aspects of the domain industry. Maarten Botterman, ICANN Board Chair, and Danko Jevtović, Board member, will attend along with leading regional and global experts in the DNS industry.

Register here and visit the EEDNSF website for more information.

You can follow the event on social media with the hashtag #EEDNSF2020.

Media Contacts:

Luna Madi
Communications Director, EMEA
Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 533 0313505
Email: luna.madi@icann.org

About ICANN:

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""icann.org"" is not an IDN."