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Registry Services Changes - Final Report

Procedure for use by ICANN in considering requests for consent and related contractual...

ICANN Concludes 23rd International Meeting with Action on Domain Name Security and Global Addressing Policy

July 15 2005, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg – Over 900 delegates from 55 countries gathered in...

ICANN Ombudsman Releases First Annual Report

In accordance with Bylaw V the ICANN Ombudsman, Frank Fowlie, today presented the ICANN Board of...

ICANN Publishes Latest Newsletter

In conjunction with its meetings in Luxembourg, ICANN has published it latest newsletter-...

Statement Concerning London Bombings and ICANN Meeting in Luxembourg

Friends and Colleagues,

There have been multiple bomb blasts in London this morning. At the time...

ICANN Posts New gTLD Questions Paper

In September 2004 ICANN published a strategy for the implementation of new top-level domains...

ICANN Nominating Committee Extends Deadline for Submissions to 20 July 2005

ICANN's Nominating Committee (NomCom) announced today that it has extended its deadline for...

ICANN Board Designates VeriSign to Retain Control of .NET Registry

Marina del Rey, CA – 8 June 2005 – ICANN’s Board has named VeriSign, Inc. as the designated...

ICANN Vice President to head up major European Project 'Galileo' unit

ICANN's Vice President for Policy Support, Paul Verhoef, currently on secondment to the ICANN...

ICANN Publishes Proposed Agreement on .MOBI

ICANN has completed negotiations with the Applicant for .MOBI sponsored top-level domain. The...

ICANN Announces New Staff Appointment

ICANN is pleased to announce the appointment of Dave Piscitello to the position of Security and...

sTLD Update: ICANN Moves Forward in First Phase Commercial & Technical Negotiations with an Additional sTLD Applicant

ICANN is pleased to announce that the independent evaluation process, which began last year, has...

Review Procedure to Handle Policy Proposals Submitted by the ASO Address Council in Line with the ASO MoU

Deadline for comments extended to 27 June

Background

According to the ASO MoU, in Section 5...

ICANN Nominating Committee Issues Formal Call for Recommendations and Statements of Interest

Marina del Rey, CA - April 29, 2005 – ICANN's Nominating Committee invites Recommendations and...

Update – .NET RFP Process

The anticipated response from Telcordia to the applicant's written comments as noted in ICANN.s...

ICANN moves to equip AfriNIC for its new mission

AfriNIC, Africa's own Regional Internet number Registry (RIR) has just received its first...

ICANN Concludes 22nd Meeting with Major Announcements on AfriNIC, sTLDs & IPv4

Over 600 delegates from 80 countries gathered in Mar del Plata, Argentina, to participate in...

ICANN Officially Designates .JOBS & .TRAVEL

ICANN is pleased to announce the designation of two new sponsored Top-Level Domains (sTLDs),...

Proposed Review Procedure for ASO Policy Proposals - Public Comment Forum

Background

According to the ASO MoU, in Section 5 Global Policy Development Process, ICANN...

ICANN Publishes Latest Newsletter, with focus on Latin America

In conjunction with its meetings in Mar del Plata this week, ICANN has published it latest...

ICANN Meetings Open in Argentina 4-8 April 2005

ICANN welcomes the Internet Community to Mar del Plata, in Argentina. This is ICANN's 22nd...

ICANN Publishes Telcordia Report on their Findings and Rankings for .NET

The following is an update on the selection of a successor operator for the .NET registry.

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ICANN Completes Negotiations with Applicants for .JOBS and .TRAVEL

Updated 2 April 2005

ICANN has completed negotiations with the applicants for the .JOBS and...

.EU Update

Earlier this week, ICANN's Board took steps to authorize the delegation of .EU as a ccTLD...

Proposed Change to ICANN Bylaws Regarding Number of GNSO Council Representatives – Public Comment Forum

Background:

  • The Board meeting in Carthage on 31st of October, 2003 voted unanimously to...
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."