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ICANN54 Dublin GAC Communiqué

The Governmental Advisory Committee meeting at ICANN54 in Dublin has issued its Dublin...

ICG – Sixth Face-to-Face Meeting in Los Angeles

The IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) will be holding its next face-to-face...

Pre-ICANN 54 Policy Update Webinar

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

WEBINAR: Briefing on 2nd Draft CCWG-Accountability Proposal

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

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...

Request for Proposal for the Independent Review of the Trademark Clearinghouse

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) is seeking one or more...

US Circuit Court Upholds ICANN's Defense of the New gTLD Program

Los Angeles, California... The United States' Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the...

Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability Paris Communiqué

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

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...

GNSO Translation and Transliteration of Contact Information Policy Development Process (PDP) Recommendations for Board Consideration

Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 29 June 2015
Categories/Tags: Policy...

ICANN53 Buenos Aires GAC Communiqué

The Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) meeting at ICANN53 has issued its Buenos Aires...

ICANN Announces New Members Of The Public Interest Commitment Dispute Resolution Procedure (PICDRP) Standing Panel

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has selected and entered into...

Release of Country and Territory Names within the .KOMATSU and RICOH TLDs

Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 26 May 2015
Categories/Tags:
  • Top-Level...

Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability) - Input Needed on its Proposed Accountability Enhancements (Work Stream 1)

Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 4 May 2015
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  • ...

IDN ccTLD Request from Greece Successfully Passes String Evaluation

ICANN is pleased to announce the successful evaluation of the proposed IDN ccTLD string for...

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...

ICANN Grants Data Retention Waiver to NordNet SA

DATA RETENTION WAIVER
NordNet SA

NordNet SA ("Registrar") submitted to ICANN a Registrar Data...

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...

Proposed Implementation of GNSO PDP Recommendations on Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy (IRTP) Part C

Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 30 March 2015
Categories/Tags:
  • Contracted...

Notice of Preliminary Determination To Grant Registrar Data Retention Waiver Request

ICANN has made a preliminary determination that it is prepared to grant a data retention waiver...

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,...

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...

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."