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ICANN to Hold First-Ever Remote Public Meeting

LOS ANGELES – 19 February 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

Middle East and Adjoining Countries (MEAC) Strategy 2021-2025

Open Date: 18 February 2020 Close Date: 3 April 2020
Originating Organization: Global...

Implementation of Consensus Policy for the Protection of Red Cross & Red Crescent Identifiers

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

Name Collision Analysis Project (NCAP) Study 1

Open Date: 13 February 2020 Close Date: 31 March 2020
Originating Organization: Office of the...

Revised Community Travel Support Guidelines

Open Date: 13 February 2020 Close Date: 13 April 2020
Originating Organization: ICANN org
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Draft Proposal for NextGen@ICANN Program Improvements

Open Date: 11 February 2020 Close Date: 31 March 2020
Originating Organization: Public...

Initial Report of the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data Team – PHASE 2

Open Date: 7 February 2020 Close Date: 23 March 2020
Originating Organization: Generic Names...

Application Deadline Extended for ICANN and PTI Leadership Positions

LOS ANGELES – 7 February 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

Invitation to Join Webinar on Draft Report from SSR2 Review Team

LOS ANGELES – 4 February 2020 – The second Security, Stability, and Resiliency (SSR2) Review...

ICANN Receives Letter from California Attorney General Regarding .ORG Change of Control

LOS ANGELES – 30 January 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

ICANN66 Fellowship Program Post-Meeting Report Now Available

LOS ANGELES – 28 January 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

ICANN Launches Dr. Tarek Kamel Award and Opens Nomination for ICANN Community Excellence Award

LOS ANGELES - 27 January 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

Register Now to Participate in the 7th Middle East DNS Forum

Register Now to Participate in the 7th Middle East DNS Forum

ISTANBUL – 27 January 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

Second Security, Stability, and Resiliency (SSR2) Review Team Draft Report

Open Date: 24 January 2020 Close Date: 4 March 2020
Originating Organization: SSR2 Review...

Public Interest Registry, ICANN Extend Deadline

LOS ANGELES – 17 January 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

Register for ICANN67 Prep Week Webinars

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

Attend Informational Webinar on ICANN’s Draft FY21-25 Operating & Financial Plan and Draft FY21 Operating Plan and Budget

LOS ANGELES – 13 January 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

Chris Mondini Appointed ICANN Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, Europe and Managing Director, Brussels

LOS ANGELES – 13 January 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

Update on Proposed Acquisition of Public Interest Registry (PIR) by Ethos Capital

On 20 December 2019, PIR submitted confidential responses to the Internet Corporation for...

ICANN68 Community Childcare Grants Pilot Program Application Now Open

LOS ANGELES – 8 January 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

Third Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT3): Webinar on Draft Report

Third Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT3): Webinar on Draft Report

LOS...

ICANN and Verisign Announce Proposed Amendment to .COM Registry Agreement

LOS ANGELES and RESTON, Va. – Jan. 3, 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and...

Proposed Amendment 3 to the .COM Registry Agreement

Open Date: 3 January 2020 Close Date: 14 February 2020
Originating Organization: Global...

Proposed Dates for ICANN Public Meetings 2024-2028 and Revised Dates in 2022

Open Date: 2 January 2020 Close Date: 11 February 2020
Originating Organization: Global...

Proposed Final Report of the New gTLD Auction Proceeds Cross Community Working Group

Open Date: 23 December 2019 Close Date: 14 February 2020
Originating Organization: New gTLD...
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."