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Board Approves Singapore Hub Expansion

As part of its globalization strategy, ICANN established an Asia Pacific Hub in Singapore in...

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

ICANN is seeking expressions of interest for leadership roles in the 2016 Nominating Committee...

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.

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Pre-ICANN 53 Policy Update Webinar

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

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;...

GNSO Privacy & Proxy Services Accreditation Issues Working Group Initial Report

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

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...

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...

WEBINAR: Cross Community Working Group (CWG) On IANA Naming Related Functions: Briefing on 2nd Draft Proposal for Public Comment

NTIA Stewardship Transition

WSIS Project Prizes 2015 Nomination

Two ICANN projects, the DNS Entrepreneurship Center and Investigating DNS Abuse/Misuse for...

ICANN FY14 Form 990 Announcement

ICANN filed its Form 990 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014 with the Internal Revenue...

Fellowship Application Round Opens for ICANN 54

About the Fellowship Program:

Since its creation in 2007, the Fellowship Program has built a...

Release of Country and Territory Names within the .HONDA, .AXA, .EPSON, .HSBC, .XYZ and .COLLEGE TLDs

Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 31 March 2015
Categories/Tags:
  • Top-Level...

Results Available for 25 March 2015 New gTLD Program Auction

On 25 March 2015, Power Auctions LLC, ICANN's authorized auction service provider, conducted a...

ICANN Grants Data Retention Waiver to Secura GmbH

DATA RETENTION WAIVER
Secura GmbH

Secura GmbH ("Registrar") submitted to ICANN a Registrar Data...

Call for Expressions of Interest to Host ICANN Meetings in 2017 and 2018

ICANN is actively seeking hosts for its public meetings to be held in 2017 and 2018 in Europe,...

Japanese Community Forms Generation Panel for Developing the Japanese Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR)

ICANN is pleased to announce that the Generation Panel for the Japanese Label Generation Rules...

Request for Proposal: DNS Study for the Middle East and Adjoining Countries

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") is seeking a provider to...

Call for RSVPs | GNSO Working Group Newcomer Open House Session | 12 March 2015 at 12:00 UTC

Please RSVP via this form. Remote participation details will be sent the week of 9 March 2015.

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"GNSO Working Group Newcomer Open House Session" Re-Launch

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to volunteer for a GNSO Working Group? Do you have...

Release of Country and Territory Names within the .EMERCK, .HAMBURG and .BERLIN TLDs

Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 2 March 2015
Categories/Tags:
  • Top-Level...

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...

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."