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ICANN Organization Publishes Reports on the Review of the Community Priority Evaluation Process

LOS ANGELES – 13 December 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and...

Registration Open for ICANN Academy 2018 Leadership Program

LOS ANGELES – 11 December 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and...

Reminder: Register for 7 December Q&A on the Latest Quarterly Stakeholder Update

LOS ANGELES – 5 December 2017 – Last week we published our latest Quarterly...

ICANN Launches the FY19 SO/AC Additional Requests Budget Process

LOS ANGELES – 5 December 2017 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names...

Successful Candidates Announced for ICANN61 Fellowship

LOS ANGELES – 1 December 2017 – Today, ICANN announced 60 individuals from 49...

View the Latest Quarterly Stakeholder Update and Register for the Q&A Call on 7 December

LOS ANGELES – 30 November 2017 – Today, ICANN published its FY18 Q1 Stakeholder...

Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review Team – New Sections to Draft Report of Recommendations

Open Date: 27 November 2017 Close Date: 8 January 2018
Originating Organization: Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI)

Recommendations to Improve ICANN Staff Accountability

Open Date: 13 November 2017 Close Date: 05 January 2018
Originating Organization: Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability)

Recommendations to Improve ICANN's Office of Ombudsman (IOO)

Open Date: 10 November 2017 Close Date: 22 December 2017
Originating Organization: Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability)

ICANN Global Indigenous Ambassador Program Accepts Applications

LOS ANGELES – 8 November 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and...

Marrakech Identified as ICANN Meeting Site for 2019 Policy Forum

LOS ANGELES – 2 November 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and...

ICANN Recognizes Community Leaders

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – 2 November 2017 – Today, the Internet Corporation...

ICANN and PTI Publish Audited Financial Statements for FY17

LOS ANGELES – 27 October 2017 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

EXTENSION - SSR2 Review Team is Seeking an Independent Expert to Perform a Gap Analysis

LOS ANGELES – 27 October 2017 – In collaboration with the second Security, Stability,...

Request for Information: Address Validation Solutions

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") is seeking information...

Enhancing Accountability - Recommendations for Diversity

Open Date: 26 October 2017 Close Date: 15 December 2017
Originating Organization: Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability)

Revisions to Proposed Dates for ICANN Public Meetings 2021–2023

LOS ANGELES – 23 October 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and...

Community-developed Framework for Registry Operator's Response to Security Threats Now Available

LOS ANGELES – 20 October 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and...

ICANN History Project Explores the Early Days of ICANN

LOS ANGELES – 19 October 2017 – ICANN is pleased to announce the unveiling of the...

Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) Implementation Guidelines – Second Public Comment

Open Date: 19 October 2017 Close Date: 10 December 2017
Originating Organization: Global Domains Division

Operating Standards for ICANN's Specific Reviews

Open Date: 17 October 2017 Close Date: 15 January 2018
Originating Organization: Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives

Proposal for Cyrillic Script Root Zone‬ Label Generation Rules

Open Date: 17 October 2017 Close Date: 6 December 2017
Originating Organization: Global Domains Division

Deadline Extended for the NomCom2 Review Survey

LOS ANGELES – 12 October 2017 – The deadline for community input has been extended...

ICANN Reserve Fund – Public Comment on Rationale and Target Level

Open Date: 12 October 2017 Close Date: 30 November 2017
Originating Organization: ICANN Finance

Draft PTI and IANA FY19 Operating Plans and Budgets

Open Date: 9 October 2017 Close Date: 26 November 2017
Originating Organization: Finance
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."