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Results Available for 25 February 2015 New gTLD Program Auction

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

ICANN Updates Authorization Process for Release of Two-Character ASCII Labels

Today, ICANN is announcing updates to the "Authorization Process for the Release of...

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...

Second Middle East DNS Forum to Take Place in Amman Jordan

What: Middle East DNS Forum
When: March 9-10, 2015
TIMES: 8:00 – 17:30 (please see agenda below)...

CWG-Stewardship Chairs' Statement - Summary of ICANN 52 Meeting | Lise Fuhr & Jonathan Robinson

The Cross Community Working Group (CWG) on Naming Related Functions held two sessions at the...

ICANN 52 Board Statement on ICANN Sending IANA Stewardship Transition and Enhancing ICANN Accountability Proposals to NTIA

We have received several questions requesting clarification as to how ICANN will handle receipt...

IAB Liaison to the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC)

The Internet Architecture Board and the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) issued a...

CWG-Stewardship Publishes Discussion Document for ICANN 52

The CWG-Stewardship has created a Discussion Document [PDF, 447 KB] for the ICANN 52 meeting in...

IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group - Fourth Face-to-Face Meeting & Public Session at ICANN 52

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

Generation Panel for the Armenian Script ‭Root Zone‬ Label Generation Rules (LGR) Seated‬‬‬‬

ICANN is pleased to announce that the Generation Panel for the Armenian Script Root Zone Label...

Draft Report: Rights Protection Mechanisms Review

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

RSSAC Elects Tripti Sinha as Co-Chair

The Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) has elected Tripti Sinha, Assistant Vice...

IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group – Announcement Regarding Community Comments

The IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG)'s Request for Proposals [PDF, 84 KB]...

Selection of International Law Advisor to the Enhancing ICANN Accountability Process

The Accountability & Governance Public Experts Group (PEG) announces the selection of the...

Third Face-to-Face Meeting for the Task Force on Arabic Script IDNs (TF-AIDN) to Convene in Singapore

When: February 6-8, 2015
Where: Raffles City Convention Center, Singapore (Room "Fullerton")

Group photo of the Task Force on Arabic Script IDNs group

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Joint CWG-Stewardship & CCWG-Accountability Chairs' Statement

Lise Fuhr & Jonathan Robinson – CWG-Stewardship
Thomas Rickert, León Sanchez, & Mathieu...

GNSO Policy & Implementation Working Group Publishes Initial Recommendations Report for Public Comment

Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 19 January 2015
Categories/Tags: Policy...

Webinars Scheduled to Explain Public Comment Enhancements

In addressing recommendations from the recent efforts of the second Accountability and...

Public Comment Sought on Potential Change to Registrar Accreditation Insurance Requirement

Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 15 January 2015
Categories/Tags: Contracted...

IDN TLDs - LGR‬ Procedure Implementation - Guidelines for Designing Script-Specific Label Generation Rules (LGR) - Now Open for Public Comment

Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 15 January 2015
Categories/Tags: ...

Annual IDN ‭ccTLD‬ Fast Track Process Review

Forum Announcement: Comment Period Opens on Date: 15 January 2015
Categories/Tags: Top-Level...

Data Retention Waiver (Germany) - CSL Computer Service Langenbach GmbH

DATA RETENTION WAIVER
CSL Computer Service Langenbach GmbH

CSL Computer Service Langenbach GmbH...

Data Retention Waiver (Belgium) - Register NV dba Register.eu

DATA RETENTION WAIVER (Belgium)
Register NV dba Register.eu

Register NV dba Register.eu...

Data Retention Waiver (France) - Online SAS

DATA RETENTION WAIVER
Online SAS

Online SAS ("Registrar") submitted to ICANN a Registrar Data...

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."