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Call for RSVPs | GNSO Working Group Newcomer Open House Session | 4 June 2015 at 20:00 UTC

Please RSVP via this form. Remote participation details will be sent the week of 1 June 2015.

The...

Pre-ICANN 53 Policy Update Webinar

Please RSVP via this form by 5 June 2015.
Remote participation details will be sent the week of 8...

Chehadé Announces Intention to End His Tenure as ICANN President & CEO in March 2016

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that President...

What to Expect at ICANN 53: A Guide for Business Stakeholders

When: Monday, 1 June 2015
15:00-016:00 UTC

Where: Adobe Connect

Topics:

  • The upcoming ICANN 53...

Call for RSVPs | Privacy & Proxy Services Accreditation Issues Working Group Webinar | 28 May 2015 at 14:00 UTC

Please RSVP to nathalie.peregrine@icann.org. Remote participation details will be sent the week...

Proposed Schedule and Process/Operational Improvements for AoC and Organizational Reviews

Forum Announcement: 15 May 2015 Date: 15 May 2015
Categories/Tags: Reviews/Improvements;...

2013 RAA Whois Accuracy Program Specification Review

Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 14 May 2015
Categories/Tags:
  • Contracted...

Release of Country and Territory Names within the .SONY, .ARCHI, .BIO and .SAARLAND TLDs

Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 13 May 2015
Categories/Tags:
  • Top-Level...

ICG Announces Sixteenth Conference Call and Publishes a Statement

ICG Call #16

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

Proposed Renewal of .TRAVEL Sponsored TLD Registry Agreement

Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 12 May 2015
Categories/Tags: Contracted...

gTLD Registries Stakeholder Group (RySG) Charter Amendments

Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 8 May 2015
Categories/Tags: ...

ICANN Holds Calls with Community on Public Comments Submitted on the Draft FY16 Operating Plan and Budget

ICANN will be holding community calls during which the comments submitted on the Draft FY16...

GNSO Privacy & Proxy Services Accreditation Issues Working Group Initial Report

Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 5 May 2015
Categories/Tags:
  • Contracted...

Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability) - Input Needed on its Proposed Accountability Enhancements (Work Stream 1)

Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 4 May 2015
Categories/Tags:
  • ...

WEBINAR: Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability): Presentation on the Draft Report for Public Comment

The Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability was established to initiate a...

IDN ccTLD Request from Greece Successfully Passes String Evaluation

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

ICG Announces Update Regarding Community Comments and the ICG Forum

The IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) today announced that it has published...

Board Approves ICANN Five-Year Operating Plan (FY16-FY20)

On the 26 April 2015, the Board met in Los Angles, California, and approved the ICANN Five-Year...

New gTLD Applicant and GDD Portal Update

30 April 2015 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today...

WEBINAR: Further Discussion on the CWG-Stewardship 2nd Draft Proposal for Public Comment

The Cross Community Working Group to Develop an IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal for Naming...

Guidelines for Designing Script-Specific Label Generation Rules (LGR) for the Root Zone

ICANN is releasing a set of documents that present an overview of the tasks of a Generation Panel...

Maximal Starting Repertoire Version 2 (MSR-2) for the Development of Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone

To support IDN labels in the root zone, the ICANN community, at the direction of the Board,...

ICANN Announces Effective Dates for Additional Whois Information Policy and Whois Advisory

27 April 2015 – ICANN today announced that the effective date of the Additional Whois...

Update on the IANA Stewardship Transition and ICANN Accountability

Date: Tuesday 5th May 2015
Time: 12:00 UTC

AGENDA SUMMARY:

Time Event Speaker
12.00...

2nd Draft Proposal of the Cross Community Working Group to Develop an IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal on Naming Related Functions

Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 22 April 2015
Categories/Tags: IANA...
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."