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Call for Volunteers for Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice Review Team

ICANN today published a call for volunteers for community members to apply to serve on the...

ICANN Quarterly Stakeholder Report – Register for the FY16 Q1 call on 7 October 0000 UTC

ICANN has announced its FY16 Q1 Stakeholder Call, which will take place on 7 October at 0000...

Draft of New gTLD Program Implementation Review Available for Public Comment

23 September 2015 – ICANN today announced the publication of the draft New gTLD Program...

Webinar on New gTLD Auction Proceeds Discussion Paper on Wednesday 7 October at 13.00 UTC

On 8 September, ICANN Staff published for public comment, a Discussion Paper on the auction...

Pre-ICANN 54 Policy Update Webinar

Please RSVP via this form by 2 October 2015.
Remote participation details will be sent the week...

"The Internet Today and Tomorrow conference"

This is the second edition of our successful event last year, a daylong discussion on how...

ICANN and UASG Announce Results of Universal Acceptance Study for New gTLDs

14 September 2015 – ICANN, in conjunction with the Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG)...

Fellowship and NextGen Application Rounds Open for ICANN55

ICANN launches the application rounds for both the NextGen and Fellowship Programs to...

Preliminary Issue Report on New gTLD Subsequent Procedures

Forum Announcement: Public Comment Period opens on Date: 31 August 2015
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Proposal for Arabic Script Root Zone‬ Label Generation Rules (LGR)

Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 24 August 2015
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WEBINAR: Briefing on 2nd Draft CCWG-Accountability Proposal

The CCWG-Accountability published its 2nd Draft Proposal on Work Stream 1 Recommendations for...

ICANN Statement Regarding IANA Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

ICANN supports the IANA Stewardship Transition Group (ICG) proposal and the underlying proposals...

WEBINAR: WHOIS Accuracy Reporting System Phase I Report

ICANN plans to publish the WHOIS Accuracy Reporting System Phase I report in the coming weeks....

ICANN AND ECLAC TO BUILD A COOPERATIVE RELATIONSHIP AND WORK ON SEVERAL AREAS OF INTERNET-RELATED ISSUES

Mexico City, Mexico.
August 2015.

During a bilateral meeting held in Mexico City within the...

ICANN Posts Amended Description of 2013 RAA Data Retention Specification Data Elements and Purposes for Collection/Retention

ICANN posted on 23 March 2014 for public comment a document seeking to clarify what is meant by...

Design Team Review of Plan for DNS Root Zone KSK Change

Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 6 August 2015
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Proposal for Armenian Script Root Zone‬ Label Generation Rules (LGR)

Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 22 July 2015
Categories/Tags: Top-Level...

Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability Paris Communiqué

Members and participants of the Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability...

ICANN to Resume Evaluation of DotConnectAfrica Trust Application for .AFRICA

16 July 2015 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced...

EXTENDED: Draft Report: Review of the Generic Names Supporting Organization

The Public Comment period for the Draft Report: Review of the Generic Names Supporting...

Next-Generation gTLD Registration Directory Services to Replace WHOIS Preliminary Issue Report

Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 13 July 2015
Categories/Tags: Policy...

Fellowship Program Brings Global Voices Together at ICANN | Fellows Announced for ICANN54 in Dublin

Fifty Fellows from 36 countries have been selected to participate in ICANN's Fellowship program...

EXTENDED: Proposed Schedule and Process/Operational Improvements for AoC and Organization Reviews

The Public Comment period for the Proposed Schedule and Process/Operational Improvements for AoC...

Call for Expressions of Interest for 2016 | Nominating Committee Chair and Chair-Elect

ICANN EXTENDS TIME TO SUBMIT EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST THROUGH 20 JULY 2015

ICANN is seeking...

Second Latin American and Caribbean DNS Forum Will Take Place in Buenos Aires, Argentina

LAC DNS Forum

When: June 19, 2015

Where: Sheraton Hotel Retiro

The second edition of the LAC DNS Forum is a...

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."