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Join the ICANN Webinar on Review Operating Standards

LOS ANGELES - 12 October 2017 - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

ICANN Releases Findings from a Community-Wide Survey on Gender Diversity and Participation

LOS ANGELES – 12 October 2017 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

Draft PTI and IANA FY19 Operating Plans and Budgets

Open Date: 9 October 2017 Close Date: 26 November 2017
Originating Organization: Finance
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Webinar: The KSK Rollover Delay and Next Steps

LOS ANGELES – 4 October 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

Pre-ICANN60 Policy Open House

Register Now: Pre-ICANN60 Policy Open House – 19 October 2017

The Policy Development Support...

ICANN Announces Successful String Evaluation for Mauritania IDN ccTLD

LOS ANGELES – 3 October 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN")...

The Second Eastern European DNS Forum to Take Place in Belarus

The second Eastern European Domain Name System Forum (EEDNSF) will take place from 12-13 October...

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

LOS ANGELES – 28 SEPTEMBER 2017 – In collaboration with the second Security, Stability, and...

Interisle Appointed to Conduct RSSAC Review

Second Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC2) Review

LOS ANGELES – 28 September 2017 - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

ICANN Webinar: Data Protection/Privacy Activities

LOS ANGELES – 27 Sept. 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN")...

KSK Rollover Postponed

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") today announced that the plan...

Request for Proposal: gTLD Marketplace Health Index Assessment

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") is seeking to identify one or...

ICANN Board to Hold Public Session and Board Meeting During Montevideo Workshop

LOS ANGELES – 13 September 2017 – The ICANN Board will be holding one public session and a Board...

WEBINAR: Compliance & Consumer Safeguard Overview

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

Quarterly Stakeholder Update for FY17 Q4 Posted and Registration for the Q&A Webinar

LOS ANGELES – 8 September 2017 – Today, ICANN released its latest Quarterly Stakeholder Update...

ICANN Academy Launches New Intercultural Awareness Program to take Place at ICANN60

LOS ANGELES – 5 September 2017 – Today, the ICANN Academy Working Group announced a new ICANN...

Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP) Pilot Program Launches

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced a voluntary...

ICANN 2017 Nominating Committee Announces Selections

LOS ANGELES – 01 September 2017 - The ICANN 2017 Nominating Committee is pleased to announce its...

ICANN Provides Update on Review of the Community Priority Evaluation Process

LOS ANGELES – 1 September 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

Webinar: "Statistical Analysis of DNS Abuse in gTLDs" (SADAG) Study

LOS ANGELES – 31 August 2017 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

Proposed Changes to the NCUC Charter

Open Date: 24 August 2017 Close Date: 3 October 2017
Originating Organization: ICANN Board of...

Proposed Renewal of .MUSEUM Sponsored Registry Agreement

Open Date: 24 August 2017 Close Date: 3 October 2017
Originating Organization: Global Domains...

Proposed Dates for ICANN Public Meetings 2021–2023

Open Date: 21 AUG 2017 Close Date: 2 OCT 2017
Originating Organization: Meetings Team –...

Alexandra Kulikova to Head Stakeholder Engagement for Eastern Europe & Central Asia at ICANN

21 August 2017 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

Request for Proposal: ICANN Designated Agent for Registrar Data Escrow Services

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") is seeking to identify one or...

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."