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ICANN Releases its Final Africa Strategic Plan

ISTANBUL – 20 October 2018 – ICANN's Africa Strategy is the cornerstone of all engagement...

Request for Proposal: EBERO Services

LOS ANGELES – 17 October 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

Call for SOs/ACs to Nominate Fellowship Program Mentors

LOS ANGELES – 16 October 2018 – ICANN's Supporting Organizations (SOs) and Advisory Committees...

Registration Open for ICANN Academy 2019 Chairing Skills Program

LOS ANGELES – 16 October 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

Second Security and Stability Advisory Committee Review (SSAC2): Draft Final Report Released for Public Comment and Webinar

Open Date: 15 October 2018 Close Date: 3 December 2018
Originating Organization: ...

The Hebrew Script Community Forms Generation Panel for Developing the Hebrew Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR)

LOS ANGELES – 15 October 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

First Root KSK Rollover Successfully Completed

LOS ANGELES – 15 October 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

Participate in Strategic Planning, Operating Standards, and Reviews at ICANN63

LOS ANGELES – 11 October 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review Team (CCT) Final Report Now Available for Public Comment

LOS ANGELES – 10 October 2018 - The Final Report and Recommendations [PDF, 4.89 MB] of the...

Request for Proposal: ICANN Meetings Shipping and Logistics

LOS ANGELES – 9 October 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

Initial Report of the New gTLD Auction Proceeds Cross-Community Working Group

Open Date: 8 October 2018 Close Date: 27 November 2018
Originating Organization: New gTLD...

Proposal for Sinhala Script Root Zone‬ Label Generation Rules

Open Date: 2 October 2018 Close Date: 14 November 2018
Originating Organization: Global...

Registration Open for ICANN Academy 2019 Leadership Program

LOS ANGELES – 2 October 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

ICANN Announces a Webinar to Update the Community on Strategic Planning

LOS ANGELES – 1 October 2018 - Join the ICANN Board and organization for a webinar on 9 October...

Draft PTI and IANA FY20 Operating Plan and Budgets

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Open Date: 28 September 2018 Close Date: 12 November 2018
Originating Organization: Finance

ICANN Opportunities to Participate: Strategic Planning, Operating Standards, and Specific Reviews

LOS ANGELES – 28 September 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

Data Protection/Privacy Update Webinar – Date Set for 8 October

LOS ANGELES – 27 September 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

Proposals for Malayalam and Tamil Scripts' Root Zone‬ Label Generation Rules

Open Date: 25 September 2018 Close Date: 7 November 2018
Originating Organization: Global...

ICANN Postpones Data Protection/Privacy Update Webinar Scheduled for 26 September

LOS ANGELES – 24 September 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

Register Now: Pre-ICANN63 Policy Open House – 11 October 2018

The Policy Development Support Team is pleased to announce two open house sessions to assist...

Webinar: Proposed Updates to Draft Operating Standards

LOS ANGELES – 19 September 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

German Appellate Court Rules on ICANN Request to Preserve WHOIS Data

LOS ANGELES – 17 September 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

ICANN 2018 Nominating Committee Announces Updated Selections

LOS ANGELES – 16 September 2018 – The ICANN 2018 Nominating Committee announces that Danko...

Data Protection/Privacy Update Webinar Scheduled for 26 September 2018

LOS ANGELES – 13 September 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

Request for Proposal: DNSSEC KSK Management Tools

LOS ANGELES – 12 September 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

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."