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Data Protection/Privacy Update: Response from Legal Firm Hamilton to Community Questions Now Available

LOS ANGELES – 18 December 2017 –The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and...

Kim Davies Appointed VP, IANA Functions and President, PTI

LOS ANGELES – 15 December 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and...

Proposed Incremental Changes to the ICANN Meetings Strategy

Open Date: 14 December 2017 Close Date: 01 February 2018
Originating Organization: ICANN Meetings

ICANN Publishes Report of Public Comments on PTI and Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Draft FY19 Plans

LOS ANGELES – 14 December 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and...

Registration Open for ICANN Academy 2018 Leadership Program

LOS ANGELES – 11 December 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and...

Reminder: Register for 7 December Q&A on the Latest Quarterly Stakeholder Update

LOS ANGELES – 5 December 2017 – Last week we published our latest Quarterly...

ICANN Launches the FY19 SO/AC Additional Requests Budget Process

LOS ANGELES – 5 December 2017 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names...

Successful Candidates Announced for ICANN61 Fellowship

LOS ANGELES – 1 December 2017 – Today, ICANN announced 60 individuals from 49...

View the Latest Quarterly Stakeholder Update and Register for the Q&A Call on 7 December

LOS ANGELES – 30 November 2017 – Today, ICANN published its FY18 Q1 Stakeholder...

ICANN Community Onboarding Pilot Program Call for Nominations by SOs/ACs

LOS ANGELES – 20 November 2017 – ICANN has issued a call for nominations by the...

Recommendations on ICANN Jurisdiction

Open Date: 14 November 2017 Close Date: 05 January 2018
Originating Organization: Cross-Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability, Work Stream 2 (CCWG-Accountability, WS2)

Recommendations to Improve ICANN Staff Accountability

Open Date: 13 November 2017 Close Date: 05 January 2018
Originating Organization: Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability)

Recommendations to Improve ICANN's Office of Ombudsman (IOO)

Open Date: 10 November 2017 Close Date: 22 December 2017
Originating Organization: Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability)

ICANN Global Indigenous Ambassador Program Accepts Applications

LOS ANGELES – 8 November 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and...

Marrakech Identified as ICANN Meeting Site for 2019 Policy Forum

LOS ANGELES – 2 November 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and...

ICANN Recognizes Community Leaders

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – 2 November 2017 – Today, the Internet Corporation...

Request for Information: Address Validation Solutions

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") is seeking information...

Revisions to Proposed Dates for ICANN Public Meetings 2021–2023

LOS ANGELES – 23 October 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and...

Community-developed Framework for Registry Operator's Response to Security Threats Now Available

LOS ANGELES – 20 October 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and...

ICANN History Project Explores the Early Days of ICANN

LOS ANGELES – 19 October 2017 – ICANN is pleased to announce the unveiling of the...

Deadline Extended for the NomCom2 Review Survey

LOS ANGELES – 12 October 2017 – The deadline for community input has been extended...

ICANN Reserve Fund – Public Comment on Rationale and Target Level

Open Date: 12 October 2017 Close Date: 30 November 2017
Originating Organization: ICANN Finance

ICANN Releases Findings from a Community-Wide Survey on Gender Diversity and Participation

LOS ANGELES – 12 October 2017 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names...

ICANN Webinar: Data Protection/Privacy Activities

LOS ANGELES – 27 Sept. 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

KSK Rollover Postponed

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") today announced that the plan...

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."