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ICANN70 Prep Week Schedule Now Available

LOS ANGELES – 22 February 2021 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the ICANN70 Prep Week schedule to help the community prepare for the upcoming ICANN70 Virtual Community Forum, which will be held 22 – 25 March 2021.

There will be ten sessions from 8 – 11 March 2021. To attend any of the sessions, please register for ICANN70. After registering, you will receive two emails:

  • A registration confirmation
  • An email with login information for the schedule

Once you log into the schedule, you will be able to sign up for ICANN70 Prep Week sessions. Please note that for security purposes, participation links will be posted 24 hours prior to the session start times. The session schedule will display in your local time, based on the time set on your device used to view the website.

ICANN70 Prep Week Schedule

Date and Time
Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Session

Monday, 8 March 2021
09:00-10:00 EST

Global Stakeholder Engagement Update

Monday, 8 March 2021
10:30-12:00 EST

What to Expect During ICANN70: A Guide for Newcomers

Tuesday, 9 March 2021
10:30-12:00 EST

Planning Update

Tuesday, 9 March 2021
14:30-16:00 EST

Generic Names Supporting Organization Council Policy Update

Wednesday, 10 March 2021
09:00-10:00 EST

Nominating Committee Review Update

Wednesday, 10 March 2021
14:30-16:00 EST

Reviews and Implementation Update

Wednesday, 10 March 2021
16:30-17:30 EST

Contractual Compliance Update

Thursday, 11 March 2021
09:00-10:00 EST

Universal Acceptance Readiness Update

Thursday, 11 March 2021
11:00-12:00 EST

Policy Update

Thursday, 11 March 2021
16:30-17:30 EST

Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) Program Update

Remote simultaneous interpretation will be available for some ICANN70 Prep Week sessions via Zoom. For more information, including materials and recordings, please visit the ICANN70 website. Registration is required to access this information.

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."