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ICANN Files Legal Action in Germany to Preserve WHOIS Data

LOS ANGELES – 25 May 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

Deadline Extension: Request for Proposal for ccNSO Review

LOS ANGELES – 23 May 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

Register Now: Pre-ICANN62 Policy Webinar – 12 June 2018

The Policy Development Support Team is pleased to announce two webinar sessions to assist with...

Deadline Extended: SSAC2 Review Survey for Community Input

LOS ANGELES – 22 May 2018 – The deadline to take the SSAC2 Survey has been extended...

Proposed FY19 Operating Plan and Budget for ICANN Board Adoption Published

LOS ANGELES – 21 May 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and...

ICANN Board Approves Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data

LOS ANGELES – 17 May 2018 – The Board of Directors of the Internet Corporation for...

ICANN Announces DENIC eG as New ICANN-Designated Agent to Support Registrar Data Escrow Services

LOS ANGELES – 15 May 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

ICANN and PTI Publish U.S. Tax Returns for FY17

LOS ANGELES – 15 May 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

NextGen@ICANN Application Round for ICANN63 Is Now Open

NextGen@ICANN Application Round for ICANN63 Is Now Open

LOS ANGELES – 15 May 2018 – Today, The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and...

Long-Term Options to Adjust the Timeline of Reviews

Open Date: 14 May 2018 Close Date: 20 July 2018
Originating Organization: Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI)

Short-Term Options to Adjust the Timeline for Specific Reviews

Open Date: 14 May 2018 Close Date: 6 July 2018
Originating Organization: Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI)

Webinar on Proposed Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data Scheduled

LOS ANGELES – 14 May 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

Release for Registration one .COM Domain Name with a Single-Character Label: O.COM

Open Date: 10 May 2018 Close Date: 20 June 2018
Originating Organization: Global Domains Division

Final Proposed Draft v. 4.0 of the IDN Guidelines

LOS ANGELES – 10 May 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

View the Latest Quarterly Stakeholder Update and Register for the Q&A Call on 14 May

LOS ANGELES – 9 May 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and...

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

LOS ANGELES – 02 May 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

UPDATED: ICANN Board to Hold Three Public Sessions and Board Meeting During Vancouver Workshop

LOS ANGELES – 1 May 2018 – The ICANN Board will be holding three public sessions and...

Draft Final Report of the RSSAC2 Review

Open Date: 01 May 2018 Close Date: 10 June 2018
Originating Organization: Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI)

ICANN participates in LACNIC29 and prepares for ICANN62 in Panama

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – 30 April 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned...

Request for Proposal for ccNSO Review

LOS ANGELES – 26 April 2018 - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

ICANN Publishes Staff Report of Public Comments on ICANN's Draft FY19 Operating Plan and Budget

LOS ANGELES - 25 APRIL 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers...

SSAC2 Review Survey Available for Community Input

LOS ANGELES – 19 April 2018 – Analysis Group, the independent examiner conducting the...

Attention Domain Name System: Your 30-Year Scheduled Maintenance Is Overdue!

LOS ANGELES – 17 April 2018 – The Office of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the...

ICANN Receives Data Protection/Privacy Guidance from Article 29 Working Party

LOS ANGELES – 12 April 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

Initial Report on Review of the Customer Standing Committee (CSC) Charter

Open Date: 11 April 2018 Close Date: 1 June 2018
Originating Organization: ccNSO & RySG
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."