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Africa Internet Summit '15 | Tunis, Tunisia | 24 May - 5th June, 2015

ICANN is proud to be part of the third edition of the Africa Internet Summit 2015 in Tunis, Tunisia this year. We have a busy schedule and encourage anyone from the community to join us, and if you cannot make it to Tunis there will be remote participation available. You can find all the information needed here.

ICANN programme during the AIS 2015

ICANN Day - June 01, 2015

09:00 - 10:00 Presentation:
Internet Ecosystem and ICANN and the multistakeholder model;  Update on the Africa Strategy; Pierre Dandjinou, VP Africa, ICANN
10:00 - 10:45 Presentation:
How to become an ICANN accredited registrar? Danielle Andela, Registrar Services Manager, ICANN (Remotely)
10:45 - 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 - 12:00 "New Internet and economic development" Tijani Benjema, AFRALO
12:00 - 12:20 Presentation: International Domain Names; Yaovi Atohoun, ICANN
12:20 - 12:40 Presentation: DNS Entrepreneurship Center (DNS-EC); Fahd Batayneh, ICANN
12:40 - 13:00 Presentation: New gTLDs; Bob Ochieng, ICANN
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 15:00

The ICANN Africa IANA Transition Panel
Introduction: Pierre Dandjinou, VP Africa, ICANN: 5 min
African's participation in CCWG: Tijani Ben Jemaa (CCWG member): 5min
African's participation in CCWG: Fiona Asonga (CCWG member): 5 min
African's participation in CWG: Seun Ojedeji ( CWG member): 5min
African's participation in ICG: Mohamed El Bashir (Vice Chair ICG): 5 min
Brief update on the processes: Theresa Swinehart Senior advisor to the President, ICANN; 10 min
Q&A: 20 min
Closing remarks: 5 min

ICANN Session on E-friction on June 04, 2015  08:30 to 10:00

  • Presentation on BCG Report and e-friction:; David Dean, Boston Consultancy Group
  • QA

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Domain Name System
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."