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BRUSSELS – 2 October 2019

Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that the fourth Eastern European Domain Name System Forum (EEDNSF) will take place from 11-12 October 2019 in Yerevan, Armenia, co-organized with the .am/.հայ Registry, ISOC.AM.

The Forum follows the success of previous fora, namely in Kiev, Ukraine (2016); in Minsk, Belarus (2017); and in Moscow, Russia (2018). It is part of a series of events under the umbrella of the first N2 Forum, which aims to bring together key players of the regional and global Internet community with the theme "Together Towards a Digital Future."

The EEDNSF has been an integral part of ICANN's ongoing outreach efforts to raise awareness on issues related to the Domain Name System (DNS), and collaborate with stakeholders to uncover unique circumstances and experiences in the region. This year's agenda topics include:

  • Technical and policy issues related to the developments in the DNS ecosystem
  • Issues and challenges impacting domain name holders
  • DNS security and cyber hygiene
  • Universal Acceptance
  • Country Code Top Level Domains
  • The stakeholder journey at ICANN

Traditionally attended by over two hundred participants, the event will also have regional and global actors participate and contribute to the discussions with their areas of expertise. It will see high-level participation from ICANN, including:

  • CEO and President Göran Marby
  • Board Member Danko Jevtović
  • Chief Technology Officer David Conrad

Please register here and visit the EEDNSF website for more information on participating in-person or remotely. You can also follow the event on social media with the #EEDNSF hashtag.

Media Contacts:

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

Buket Coskuner
Global Communications Coordinator, EMEA
Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 533 4876254
Email: buket.coskuner@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 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""icann.org"" is not an IDN."