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LOS ANGELES – 25 January 2021 – Today, the Nominating Committee (NomCom) of the Internet...

ICANN Org Launches Audit of Registrar Compliance with DNS Security Threat Obligations

LOS ANGELES – 15 January 2021 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

ICANN70 Will Be Held as Virtual Community Forum

LOS ANGELES – 14 January 2021 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

ICANN Continues the Pandemic Internet Access Reimbursement Program

LOS ANGELES – 13 January 2021 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

Additional Second-Level Reference Label Generation Rules (LGRs) Published

LOS ANGELES – 13 January 2021 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

Announcement Reminder for Planning Webinars

LOS ANGELES – 11 January 2021 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

Changes Coming to Registry Reports on the ICANN Open Data Platform

LOS ANGELES – 7 January 2021 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

ICANN and APTLD Join Efforts to Promote Universal Acceptance in the APAC Region

LOS ANGELES – 6 January 2021 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN),...

Webinar Operational Design Phase Concept Paper: Update and Community Discussion

LOS ANGELES – 4 January 2021 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

Domain Name System Security Extensions Now Deployed in all Generic Top-Level Domains

LOS ANGELES – 23 December 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

ICANN Org Comments on European Data Protection Board (EDPB) Recommendations 01/2020 on Measures That Supplement Transfer Tools to Ensure Compliance with the EU Level of Protection of Personal Data

BRUSSELS – 21 December 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

NextGen@ICANN Application Round for ICANN71 is Now Open

LOS ANGELES – 21 December 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

Draft FY22-26 Operating & Financial Plan and Draft FY22 Operating Plan & Budget

Open Date: 17 December 2020 Close Date: 15 February 2021
Originating Organization: ICANN...

Nominations Now Open for the ICANN Community Excellence Award

LOS ANGELES – 14 December 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

ICANN org Responds to the European Commission’s Public Consultation on Standard Contractual Clauses for Transferring Personal Data to Non-EU Countries

BRUSSELS – 10 December 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

ICANN Signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Georgian National Communications Commission

BRUSSELS – 7 December 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

Priority 2 Policy Recommendations for ICANN Board Consideration from EPDP Phase 2

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Open Date: 3 December 2020 Close Date: 22 January 2021
Originating Organization: ICANN org

Call for Expressions of Interest: Community Representatives Group to Select Independent Review Process Standing Panel

LOS ANGELES – 18 November 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

Registration Now Open for the 2020 LAC Domain Names Week

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – 17 November 2020 – Registration is now open for the 2020 LAC Domain Names...

Call for SOs/ACs to Nominate Fellowship Program Mentors and Selection Committee Members

LOS ANGELES – 16 November 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

Deadline Extended – Call for Expressions of Interest: Chair of Phase 2A GNSO EPDP on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data

This is an update to the announcement published on 4 November 2020.

LOS ANGELES – 13 November...

Fourth Version of Root Zone Label Generation Rules (RZ-LGR-4) Published

LOS ANGELES – 6 November 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

Call for Expressions of Interest: Chair of Phase 2A GNSO EPDP on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data

LOS ANGELES – 4 November 2020 – The Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council of the...

Recommendations for ICANN’s Root Name Service Strategy and Implementation

Open Date: 27 October 2020 Close Date: 08 December 2020
Originating Organization: Office of...

The Fifth Eastern European DNS Forum Goes Virtual

Brussels – 27 October 2020 – The fifth Eastern European Domain Name System Forum (EEDNSF) will...

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."