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Results Available for 25 February 2015 New gTLD Program Auction

On 25 February 2015, Power Auctions LLC, ICANN's authorized auction service provider, conducted a New gTLD Program Auction to resolve string contention for one new generic top-level domain (gTLD)...

Update on the IANA Stewardship Transition and ICANN Accountability

Date: Thursday 5th March 2015
Time: 12:00 UTC



ICG Announces Twelfth Conference Call

The IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) has scheduled its twelfth conference call:

  • ICG Call # 12 (agenda [PDF, 39 KB]) – Wednesday,...

ICANN Updates Authorization Process for Release of Two-Character ASCII Labels

Today, ICANN is announcing updates to the "Authorization Process for the Release of Two-Character ASCII Labels" to take into account additional direction from the ICANN Board. On 12 February 2015, the Board took

Closing Date Approaching: Nomination Period For 2015 ICANN Multistakeholder Ethos Award | Award Presentation Planned for ICANN 53 | Nominations Close 02 March 2015

On 10 December 2015 ICANN announced the opening of the nomination period for ICANN's 2015 Multistakeholder Ethos Award Program. The nomination period will close on 2 March 2015. This award program seeks to recognize...

Second Middle East DNS Forum to Take Place in Amman Jordan

What: Middle East DNS Forum
When: March 9-10, 2015
TIMES: 8:00 – 17:30 (please see agenda below)
Where: Talal Abu-Ghazaleh University...

CWG-Stewardship Chairs' Statement - Summary of ICANN 52 Meeting | Lise Fuhr & Jonathan Robinson

The Cross Community Working Group (CWG) on Naming Related Functions held two sessions at the ICANN 52 Meeting in Singapore (8-12 February 2015): a two-hour working...

ICANN 52 Board Statement on ICANN Sending IANA Stewardship Transition and Enhancing ICANN Accountability Proposals to NTIA

We have received several questions requesting clarification as to how ICANN will handle receipt of the proposal from the ICG and the Work Stream 1 proposal from the CCWG. We hope the following will be helpful.

NTIA is expecting...

ICANN 52 Singapore GAC Communiqué

The Governmental Advisory Committee meeting at ICANN 52 in Singapore has issued its Singapore Communiqué. It is available for review at GAC Singapore 52 Communiqué [PDF,...

IAB Liaison to the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC)

The Internet Architecture Board and the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) issued a joint statement confirming their ongoing liaison relationship.

Read the full statement

IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group Responds to Submitted Proposals

As part of its assessment of the proposals received concerning protocol parameters and numbers, the ICG has sent the following question to the IETF IANAPLAN working...

500+ New gTLDs Introduced into the Internet

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that over 500 new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) have now been introduced into the Internet. The gTLD .NTT (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone) was the 500th new gTLD to...

CWG-Stewardship Publishes Discussion Document for ICANN 52

The CWG-Stewardship has created a Discussion Document [PDF, 447 KB] for the ICANN...

IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group - Fourth Face-to-Face Meeting & Public Session at ICANN 52

The IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) will be holding its next face-to-face meeting from Friday, 6th to Saturday, 7th February 2015 from 09:00-17:00 SGT/ 01:00-09:00 UTC...

Design Team Selected for DNS Root Zone Key-Signing-Key

In December, ICANN solicited Statements of Interest for inclusion on a Design Team to provide expert input into the plan to change the current DNS Root Zone Key-Signing-Key. The selection of the Design Team has been made; the following people...

Adiel Akplogan to Join ICANN as VP of Technical Engagement

Veteran Internet technology expert Adiel Akplogan is joining ICANN in the newly created role of Vice President for Technical Engagement.

Akplogan served most recently as the Chief Executive Officer of AfriNIC, the Internet Numbers'...

Overview of Africa Sessions During ICANN 52 Meeting in Singapore

ICANN's 52nd Public Meeting is taking place in Singapore from 8 -12 February at the Raffles City Convention Centre. This meeting comes at a critical time especially with the recent developments since the historic

Generation Panel for the Armenian Script ‭Root Zone‬ Label Generation Rules (LGR) Seated‬‬‬‬

ICANN is pleased to announce that the Generation Panel for the Armenian Script Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR) has been seated.

Following the Call for Generation Panels to Develop Root...

Draft Report: Rights Protection Mechanisms Review

Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 2 February 2015

RSSAC Elects Tripti Sinha as Co-Chair

The Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) has elected Tripti Sinha, Assistant Vice President and Deputy CIO for the Division of Information Technology at the University of Maryland, as co-chair effective 1 January 2015. Sinha will serve...

IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group – Announcement Regarding Community Comments

The IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG)'s Request for Proposals [PDF, 84 KB] from the operational communities noted the following: "While the ICG is...

Selection of International Law Advisor to the Enhancing ICANN Accountability Process

The Accountability & Governance Public Experts Group (PEG) announces the selection of the 7th and final Advisor to the Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability...

ATRT2 Implementation Program Update

We are pleased to provide the second update on the implementation of recommendations from the Second Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT2).   ICANN kicked off the implementation work, completed a thorough project planning process...

Third Face-to-Face Meeting for the Task Force on Arabic Script IDNs (TF-AIDN) to Convene in Singapore

When: February 6-8, 2015
Where: Raffles City Convention Center, Singapore (Room "Fullerton")

WEBINAR: Cross Community Working Group (CWG) On IANA Naming Related Functions: Current Progress and Key Issues

Following the request of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) for ICANN to “convene a multistakeholder process to develop a plan to transition the U.S. government stewardship role” with regard to...

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."