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ICANN 2016 Nominating Committee Announces Members of the NomCom2 Review Working Party

The 2016 Nominating Committee (NomCom) is pleased to announce its selections of 11 volunteers to...

COMTECO, LACNIC and ICANN Work Together to Enhance Latin American Internet Infrastructure

First DNS L-root instance in Bolivia will improve Internet reliability for regional Internet...

Pre-ICANN57 Policy Update Webinar

Please RSVP via this form by 14 October 2016.
Remote participation details will be sent the week...

ICANN58 NextGen@ICANN Application Round Now Open

ICANN is looking for the next generation of individuals interested in becoming engaged in their...

Latin American and Caribbean DNS Marketplace Study

Open Date: September 22, 2016 Close Date: November 1, 2016
Originating Organization: ICANN...

Inauguration of the Centro de Emprendimiento e Internet in Paraguay | Center Calls for Applicants for the First Training Course

The Centro de Emprendimiento e Internet is an open initiative from Paraguay’s National...

ICANN Board Brussels Workshop: Open Community Sessions

The next ICANN Board Workshop will be taking place in Brussels, Belgium, from 14-17 September...

ICANN58 Fellowship Application Round Now Open

lCANN launches the application round for participants interested in the ICANN58 Public Meeting...

WEBINAR: ICANN57 Hyderabad

ICANN will be conducting a webinar on 7 September 2016 at 15:00 UTC about the upcoming ICANN57...

ICANN 2016 Nominating Committee Announces Selections

The ICANN 2016 Nominating Committee is pleased to announce its selections for seven leadership...

ICANN and LACTLD Deepen Cooperation and Promote Greater Regional Involvement in Internet Policy Development

ICANN and LACTLD Group Photo 1

Photo (from left to right): Daniel Fink (ICANN), Albert Daniels (ICANN), Alex Dans (ICANN),...

ICANN Quarterly Stakeholder Report – Register for the FY16 Q4 Call on 18 August‬‬

ICANN has announced its FY16 Q4 Stakeholder Call, which will take place on 18 August at 1500...

Call for Public Comment on IANA IPR Agreements

Today, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Trust, the operational communities, and ICANN...

ICANN Quarterly Stakeholder Report – Register for the FY16 Q4 Call on 18 August‬‬

ICANN has announced the date and time of its FY16 Q4 Stakeholder Call, which will take place on...

Third LAC DNS Forum to Take Place in the Dominican Republic

Event: Latin American and Caribbean Domain Name System Forum (LAC DNS Forum)

When: 24–25 August...

Successful Candidates Announced for ICANN57 Fellowship

51 fellows from 35 countries have been selected to participate in ICANN's Fellowship program at...

New Registration Data Directory Services Requirements for gTLD Registries, Registrars to Take Effect in February 2017

ICANN today announced that gTLD contracted parties must update their Registration Data Directory...

Auction for 1 Contention Set Slated for 27 July 2016

An auction will be facilitated by Power Auctions LLC on 27 July 2016 to resolve string...

ICANN Publishes Plans for Upcoming Key Signing Key Rollover

ICANN today published plans outlining the operational processes required to change or "roll" the...

Proposed Guidelines for the Second String Similarity Review Process

Open Date: 20 July 2016 Close Date: 31 August 2016
Originating Organization: ccNSO
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ICANN Publishes gTLD Marketplace Health Index (Beta) for Community Feedback

Today, ICANN published the gTLD Marketplace Health Index (Beta) [PDF, 2.37 MB] for community...

Draft PTI Bylaws

Open Date: 12 July 2016 Close Date: 11 August 2016
Originating Organization: ICANN
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Public Comment: Proposed Measures for Release of Two-Letter Second-Level Domains in gTLDs

ICANN today announced that it has issued for public comment proposed measures for release of...

Proposed Measures for Letter/Letter Two-Character ASCII Labels to Avoid Confusion with Corresponding Country Codes

Open Date: 8 July 2016 Close Date: 17 August 2016
Originating Organization: Global Domains...

2016 Multistakeholder Ethos Award Recognizes Two Members of the Global Internet Community

2016 Multistakeholder Ethos Award Recognizes Two Members of the Global Internet Community

ICANN is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Multistakeholder Ethos Award. This...

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."