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DRAFT PTI and IANA FY21 Operating Plan and Budgets

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Open Date: 14 October 2019 Close Date: 27 November 2019
Originating Organization:

Finance

Proposed Changes and new Additions to the IANA SLAs for ccTLD Creation and ccTLD Transfers

Open Date: 14 October 2019 Close Date: 25 November 2019
Originating Organization:

ICANN

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Registration Directory Service (RDS-WHOIS2) Review Team Final Report

Open Date: 8 October 2019 Close Date: 25 November 2019
Originating Organization: ICANN...

Recommendations for the Technical Utilization of the Root Zone Label Generation Rules Published

LOS ANGELES – 7 October 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (lCANN)...

Register Now to Participate in the 4th Eastern European DNS Forum

BRUSSELS – 2 October 2019

Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

ICANN Releases Community-Wide Survey Findings on Age Diversity and Participation

LOS ANGELES – 2 October 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

Registration Open for ICANN Academy 2020 Leadership Program

LOS ANGELES – 2 October 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

Request for Information: ICANN Contractual Compliance Registry and Registrar Audit Services

LOS ANGELES – 27 September 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

ICANN's Adiel Akplogan Inducted Into the 2019 Internet Hall of Fame

LOS ANGELES – 27 September 2019 – Today, Adiel Akplogan joined the elite ranks of notable...

IANA Naming Function Review: Review Team Members Announced

LOS ANGELES – 26 September 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

Application Period Open for ICANN67 Community Childcare Grants Pilot Program

LOS ANGELES – 25 September 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

ICANN Publishes Registry Operator Audit for Addressing DNS Security Threats

Los Angeles – 17 September 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

Register for ICANN66 Prep Week Webinars

LOS ANGELES – 16 September 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review Team (CCT-RT) Accepted Recommendations – Plan for Implementation and Next Steps

Open Date: 11 September 2019 Close Date: 21 October 2019
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Join the Webinar on ICANN’s FY21 Annual Operating Plan and Budget and 5-Year Operating and Financial Plan

LOS ANGELES – 9 September 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

NextGen@ICANN Application Round for ICANN67 Is Now Open

LOS ANGELES – 9 September 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

First ICANN Managed Root Server Instance Installed in Shanghai

SHANGHAI, China – 3 September 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

Country Code Names Supporting Organization Review Final Report Submitted

LOS ANGELES – 3 September 2019 –Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

Developing a Work Plan for the Evolution of ICANN’s Multistakeholder Model Webinar

LOS ANGELES – 27 August 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

Next Steps to Improve the Effectiveness of ICANN’s Multistakeholder Model

Open Date: 27 August 2019 Close Date: 14 October 2019
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EBERO Providers Selected: Continued Protections for Registrants

LOS ANGELES – 26 August 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

Accountability and Transparency Review: Survey Available for Community Input

LOS ANGELES – 19 August 2019 – The third Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT3) has...

ICANN 2019 Nominating Committee Announces Leadership Selections

LOS ANGELES – 19 August 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

ICANN Mentors Young Leaders in Asia Pacific

SEOUL, Republic of Korea – 15 August 2019 – The Internet of tomorrow might well be influenced by...

ICANN65 Fellowship Program Post-Meeting Report and ICANN66 Statements of Interest Are Now Available

LOS ANGELES – 08 August 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

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."