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Modification of Domains Protected Marks List Service

Open Date: 15 August 2018 Close Date: 24 September 2018
Originating Organization: Global...

Call for SO/AC Nominations to the New ICANN Fellowship Selection Committee and Guidance on Outreach Goals

LOS ANGELES – 13 August 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

Proposals for Kannada, Oriya and Telugu Scripts' Root Zone Label Generation Rules

Open Date: 8 August 2018 Close Date: 20 September 2018
Originating Organization:

Global...

German Appellate Court Rules on ICANN Request to Preserve WHOIS Data

LOS ANGELES – 3 August 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”)...

ICANN64 Fellowship Application Round Now Open

LOS ANGELES – 03 August 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

ICANN 2018 Nominating Committee Announces Selections

LOS ANGELES – 2 August 2018

The ICANN 2018 Nominating Committee is pleased to announce its...

Study on Technical Use of Root Zone Label Generation Rules

Open Date: 2 August 2018 Close Date: 11 September 2018
Originating Organization:

Global...

Registry System Testing (RST) Documentation Update

LOS ANGELES – 1 August 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

ICANN Publishes ICANN62 By the Numbers Report

LOS ANGELES – 31 July 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

ICANN Announces Participants NextGen@ICANN63

LOS ANGELES – 30 July 2018 – Today, The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

Draft ICANN Africa Strategic Plan 2016-2020 Version 3.0

Open Date: 30 July 2018 Close Date: 10 September 2018
Originating Organization:

Global...

Proposals for Devanagari, Gurmukhi, and Gujarati Scripts' Root Zone‬ Label Generation Rules

Open Date: 27 July 2018 Close Date: 10 September 2018
Originating Organization: Global...

Recommendations for Managing IDN Variant Top-Level Domains

Open Date: 25 July 2018 Close Date: 3 September 2018
Originating Organization: Global Domains...

ICANN Announces Calls-to-Action for Community Participation in ICANN Reviews

LOS ANGELES – 23 July 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has...

Methodology Review of the Domain Abuse Activity Reporting (DAAR) System

LOS ANGELES – 20 July 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

ICANN Request to Preserve WHOIS Data Referred to German Appeal Court

LOS ANGELES – 19 July 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was...

How to Get Involved: Launch of the EPDP on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data

Launched: Expedited Policy Development Process on Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data | Get involved! | Mailing List, Transcripts, Audio Streams

LOS ANGELES – 19 July 2018 – Today, the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council...

2018 Nominating Committee Update on Candidate Selections

LOS ANGELES – 17 July 2018 – The 2018 Nominating Committee (NomCom) is pleased to announce that...

Successful Candidates Announced for ICANN63 Fellowship

LOS ANGELES – 16 July 2018 - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

ICANN Board of Directors Submits Comments Regarding NTIA's Notice of Inquiry on International Internet Policy Priorities

ICANN BoD Submits Comments Regarding NTIA's Notice of Inquiry on International Internet Policy Priorities

LOS ANGELES – 13 July 2018 – The Board of Directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned...

Root Server System Advisory Committee Review: Final Report Now Available

LOS ANGELES – 10 July 2018 – Today, Interisle Consulting Group, LLC, the independent examiner...

Initial Report on the New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Policy Development Process (Overarching Issues & Work Tracks 1-4)

Open Date: 03 July 2018 Close Date: 05 September 2018
Originating Organization: GNSO
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Expressions of Interest Sought for Chair of GNSO EPDP on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data

LOS ANGELES – 2 July 2018 – The Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) is looking for...

ICANN62 Panama City GAC Communiqué

PANAMA CITY – 28 June 2018 – Today, the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) meeting at ICANN62...

Proposal for Generation Panel for Myanmar Script Label Generation Ruleset for the Root Zone

LOS ANGELES – 28 June 2018 –The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

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."