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Proposed Implementation of GNSO PDP Recommendations on Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy (IRTP) Part C

Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 30 March 2015
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  • Contracted...

CWG-Stewardship Chairs' Statement | Summary of Istanbul Face-to-Face Meeting

Lise Fuhr & Jonathan Robinson

The Cross Community Working Group on Naming Related Functions...

Notice of Preliminary Determination To Grant Registrar Data Retention Waiver Request

ICANN has made a preliminary determination that it is prepared to grant a data retention waiver...

Results Available for 25 March 2015 New gTLD Program Auction

On 25 March 2015, Power Auctions LLC, ICANN's authorized auction service provider, conducted a...

CCWG-Accountability Co-Chairs Statement | Istanbul, 25 March 2015

Thomas Rickert, León Sánchez, Mathieu Weill

Members and participants of the Cross Community...

ICANN Grants Data Retention Waiver to Secura GmbH

DATA RETENTION WAIVER
Secura GmbH

Secura GmbH ("Registrar") submitted to ICANN a Registrar Data...

ICANN Announces 2015 Hardware Security Module Replacement Project for the Root Key Signing Key

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced the 2015 Hardware...

Call for Expressions of Interest to Host ICANN Meetings in 2017 and 2018

ICANN is actively seeking hosts for its public meetings to be held in 2017 and 2018 in Europe,...

Call for Expressions of Interest to Host ICANN Meetings in Latin America and North America in 2016

ICANN is actively seeking hosts for its public meetings to be held 27-30 June 2016 in Latin...

Request for Proposal for LGR Tool Set

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") is seeking a provider to design...

CCWG-Accountability and CWG-Stewardship Prepare for Face-to-Face Meetings in Istanbul

The CCWG-Accountability and the CWG-Stewardship will each hold a face-to-face meeting in...

ICANN Draft FY16 Operating Plan & Budget

Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 18 March 2015
Categories/Tags: Planning,...

ICANN Quarterly Stakeholder Report - Register for the Q3 Call on 23 April 2015

ICANN has announced its FY15 Q3 Stakeholder Call, which will take place on 23 April at 15:00 UTC....

Japanese Community Forms Generation Panel for Developing the Japanese Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR)

ICANN is pleased to announce that the Generation Panel for the Japanese Label Generation Rules...

Request for Proposal: DNS Study for the Middle East and Adjoining Countries

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") is seeking a provider to...

AFRICA Focus: WEBINAR on the ICANN Accreditation Process

We would like to invite you to join a Webinar on the ICANN Registrars Accreditation Process on ...

ICG Announces New Web Site and Mailing List

The IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) has announced its new independent...

IDN ccTLD Request from Macao Successfully Passes String Evaluation

ICANN is pleased to announce the successful evaluation of the proposed IDN ccTLD string for...

Reference Label Generation Rulesets (LGRs) for the Second Level

Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 10 March 2015
Categories/Tags: Second-Level...

Internationalized Registration Data Expert Working Group Draft Final Report Public Comment Opened

Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 9 March 2015
Categories/Tags: Whois,...

Fellowship Program Brings Global Voices Together at ICANN | Fellows Announced for ICANN 53 in Buenos Aires

50 fellows from 35 countries have been selected to participate in ICANN's Fellowship program at...

Upcoming ICG Calls

The IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) has scheduled its thirteenth and...

Call for RSVPs | GNSO Working Group Newcomer Open House Session | 12 March 2015 at 12:00 UTC

Please RSVP via this form. Remote participation details will be sent the week of 9 March 2015.

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Nomination Period Extended For ICANN Multistakeholder Ethos Award | Award Targeted for ICANN 53 | Nominations Close 20 March 2015

On 10 December 2014 ICANN announced the opening of the nomination period for ICANN's 2015...

"GNSO Working Group Newcomer Open House Session" Re-Launch

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to volunteer for a GNSO Working Group? Do you have...

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