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Deadline Extension: Request for Proposal for ccNSO Review

LOS ANGELES – 23 May 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

Deadline Extended: SSAC2 Review Survey for Community Input

LOS ANGELES – 22 May 2018 – The deadline to take the SSAC2 Survey has been extended...

ICANN Announces DENIC eG as New ICANN-Designated Agent to Support Registrar Data Escrow Services

LOS ANGELES – 15 May 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

NextGen@ICANN Application Round for ICANN63 Is Now Open

NextGen@ICANN Application Round for ICANN63 Is Now Open

LOS ANGELES – 15 May 2018 – Today, The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and...

Long-Term Options to Adjust the Timeline of Reviews

Open Date: 14 May 2018 Close Date: 20 July 2018
Originating Organization: Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI)

Short-Term Options to Adjust the Timeline for Specific Reviews

Open Date: 14 May 2018 Close Date: 6 July 2018
Originating Organization: Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI)

Release for Registration one .COM Domain Name with a Single-Character Label: O.COM

Open Date: 10 May 2018 Close Date: 20 June 2018
Originating Organization: Global Domains Division

Final Proposed Draft v. 4.0 of the IDN Guidelines

LOS ANGELES – 10 May 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

Request for Proposal for ccNSO Review

LOS ANGELES – 26 April 2018 - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

Attention Domain Name System: Your 30-Year Scheduled Maintenance Is Overdue!

LOS ANGELES – 17 April 2018 – The Office of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the...

Join the Webinar on the Draft Final Report of the NomCom2 Review

LOS ANGELES - 3 April 2018 - Join a webinar about the Draft Final Report [PDF, 496 KB] of the...

CCWG-Accountability WS2 Final Report

Open Date: 30 March 2018 Close Date: 11 May 2018
Originating Organization: Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability)

Maximal Starting Repertoire Version 3 (MSR-3) for the Development of Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone

LOS ANGELES – 29 March 2018 - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

Draft Final Report of the NomCom2 Review

Open Date: 27 March 2018 Close Date: 7 May 2018
Originating Organization: Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI)

Proposed Revisions to Bylaws Section 11 – Additional Voting Thresholds

Open Date: 26 March 2018 Close Date: 5 May 2018
Originating Organization: ICANN Board of Directors

Draft Project Plan for the Proposed Name Collision Analysis Project (NCAP)

Open Date: 2 March 2018 Close Date: 18 April 2018
Originating Organization: Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC)

Draft Procedure for Community gTLD Change Requests

Open Date: 14 February 2018 Close Date: 2 April 2018
Originating Organization: Global Domains Division

Plan to Restart the Root Key Signing Key (KSK) Rollover Process

Open Date: 1 February 2018 Close Date: 2 April 2018
Originating Organization: Office of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

Apply Now for ICANN Leadership Positions

LOS ANGELES – 31 January 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and...

Proposal for Korean Root Zone‬ Label Generation Rules

Open Date: 25 January 2018 Close Date: 17 March 2018
Originating Organization: Global Domains Division

Maximal Starting Repertoire version 3 (MSR-3) for Root Zone Label Generation Rules (RZ-LGR)

Open Date: 17 January 2018 Close Date: 26 February 2018
Originating Organization: Global Domains Division

ICANN Response to Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities

LOS ANGELES – 10 January 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and...

Public Comment Period Extended: Operating Standards for ICANN's Specific Reviews

LOS ANGELES – 8 January 2018 – The deadline to submit comments on the Operating...

ICANN Seeking Mentor for Global Indigenous Ambassador Program for ICANN61

LOS ANGELES – 20 December 2017 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names...

ICANN Office of the Ombudsman 2017 Annual Report

LOS ANGELES – 18 December 2017 – Herb Waye, ICANN Ombudsman, is pleased to announce...

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."