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ICANN Board to Hold Two Public Sessions During Puerto Rico Workshop

LOS ANGELES – 26 February 2018 – The ICANN Board will be holding two public sessions...

ICANN Webinar: Replenishment Strategy for the Reserve Fund

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

Analysis Group Selected to Conduct the SSAC Review

Second Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC2) Review

LOS ANGELES – 22 February 2018 - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

ICANN Holds First Capacity Development Workshop for Asia GAC Members

SINGAPORE – 15 February 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and...

Draft Procedure for Community gTLD Change Requests

Open Date: 14 February 2018 Close Date: 2 April 2018
Originating Organization: Global Domains Division

View the Latest Quarterly Stakeholder Update and Register for the Q&A Call on 22 February

LOS ANGELES – 14 February 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names...

Register Now: Pre-ICANN61 Policy Open House – 1 March 2018

The Policy Development Support Team is pleased to announce two sessions for an upcoming webinar:

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Call for Experts to Study the Application of Root Zone Label Generation Rules

LOS ANGELES – 8 February 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and...

Plan to Restart the Root Key Signing Key (KSK) Rollover Process

Open Date: 1 February 2018 Close Date: 2 April 2018
Originating Organization: Office of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

Apply Now for ICANN Leadership Positions

LOS ANGELES – 31 January 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and...

Request for Proposal: Rights Protection Mechanisms Survey

LOS ANGELES – 29 January 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and...

Data Protection/Privacy Update Webinar Scheduled for 2 February

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

Proposal for Korean Root Zone‬ Label Generation Rules

Open Date: 25 January 2018 Close Date: 17 March 2018
Originating Organization: Global Domains Division

ICANN Board to Hold Three Public Sessions and Board Meeting During Los Angeles Workshop

LOS ANGELES – 23 January 2018 – The ICANN Board will be holding three public sessions...

ICANN Draft FY19 Operating Plan and Budget and Five-Year Operating Plan Update

Open Date: 19 January 2018 Close Date: 08 March 2018
Originating Organization: ICANN Organization

IANA Functions Customer Survey Results Available

LOS ANGELES – 18 January 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Name and...

Maximal Starting Repertoire version 3 (MSR-3) for Root Zone Label Generation Rules (RZ-LGR)

Open Date: 17 January 2018 Close Date: 26 February 2018
Originating Organization: Global Domains Division

Implementation of the Consensus Policy for Protection of Certain Specific IGO and INGO Identifiers for All gTLDs

LOS ANGELES – 16 January 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and...

Potential Data Exposure in ICANN RFP System Resolved

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

Establishment of the Internet and DNS Engagement Center in Seoul

SEOUL, Republic of Korea – 12 January 2018 – Today, the Korea Internet & Security...

ICANN Response to Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities

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

Nominating Committee Review: Assessment Report Released and Forthcoming Webinar

LOS ANGELES – 10 January 2018 – Analysis Group, the independent examiner performing...

Call for volunteers to serve on the Implementation Committee of the Latin American and Caribbean Strategic Plan

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – 10 January 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned...

Public Comment Period Extended: Operating Standards for ICANN's Specific Reviews

LOS ANGELES – 8 January 2018 – The deadline to submit comments on the Operating...

Successful Candidates Selected for NextGen@ICANN61

LOS ANGELES – 5 January 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and...

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."