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Request for Proposal: IMRS Cluster (Singapore) Network Connectivity

LOS ANGELES – 23 December 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

Request for Proposal: IMRS Cluster (Singapore) Co-Location

LOS ANGELES – 23 December 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

Request for Quotation: Network Equipment Refresh 2020

LOS ANGELES – 23 December 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

Request for Quotation: Server Equipment Refresh 2020

LOS ANGELES – 23 December 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

Draft FY21-25 Operating & Financial Plan and Draft FY21 Operating Plan & Budget

Open Date: 20 December 2019 Close Date: 25 February 2020
Originating Organization: ICANN...

Apply Now for ICANN and PTI Leadership Positions

LOS ANGELES – 18 December 2019 – Today, the Nominating Committee (NomCom) for the Internet...

Belgian Data Protection Authority Response to Proposed Unified Access Model

LOS ANGELES – 17 December 2019 – On 12 December 2019, ICANN President and CEO Göran Marby...

Third Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT3) Draft Report

Open Date: 16 December 2019 Close Date: 31 January 2020
Originating Organization: The third...

NextGen@ICANN68 Application Round Is Now Open

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

Revised Schedule for Public Comment Period on Two Key ICANN Plans

LOS ANGELES – 13 December 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

IANA Customer Engagement Survey Results Available

LOS ANGELES – 10 December 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

Additional New gTLD Data Escrow Provider Announced

LOS ANGELES – 10 December 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

ICANN Publishes Updated Domain Name Marketplace Indicators

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

Mandy (Kathryn A.) Carver Appointed Senior Vice President of ICANN's Government & IGO Engagement Team

LOS ANGELES – 6 December 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

ICANN Announces NextGen@ICANN67 Participants

LOS ANGELES – 06 December 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

Country Code Top-Level Domains Can Now Participate in ICANN’s Domain Abuse Activity Reporting (DAAR) System

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

ICANN68 Fellowship Application Round Now Open

LOS ANGELES – 15 November 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

Call for SOs/ACs to Nominate Fellowship Program Mentors

LOS ANGELES – 13 November 2019 – ICANN's Supporting Organizations (SOs) and Advisory Committees...

2022 ICANN Public Meeting – Community Forum Location Announced

MONTREAL, Canada – 7 November 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and...

ICANN66 Montréal GAC Communiqué Now Available

MONTRÉAL, Canada – 6 NOVEMBER 2019 – Today, the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) of the...

Proposal for Future Root Zone KSK Rollovers

Open Date: 1 November 2019 Close Date: 31 January 2020
Originating Organization: IANA
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Successful Candidates Announced for ICANN67 Fellowship

LOS ANGELES – 1 November 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

ICANN and PTI Publish Audited Financial Statements for FY19

LOS ANGELES – 29 October 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

Implementation Plan for the GNSO Consensus Policy Relating to the Protection of Certain Red Cross Names

Open Date: 23 October 2019 Close Date: 12 December 2019
Originating Organization: GDD
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Call for Expressions of Interest (EoIs) for the At-Large Board Member Position 2019-2020 Cycle

LOS ANGELES – 21 October 2019 – On behalf of the Board Candidate Evaluation Committee (BCEC),...

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."