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Draft Final Report of the NomCom2 Review

Open Date: 27 March 2018 Close Date: 7 May 2018
Originating Organization: Multistakeholder...

Proposed Revisions to Bylaws Section 11 – Additional Voting Thresholds

Open Date: 26 March 2018 Close Date: 5 May 2018
Originating Organization: ICANN Board of...

ICANN63 Fellowship Application Round Now Open

LOS ANGELES – 20 March 2018 - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (lCANN) is...

Nomination Period for ICANN Multistakeholder Ethos Award Extended

Nominations Close 28 March 2018

Submit Nominations Via the Ethos Award Nomination Form

ICANN is...

ICANN Community Onboarding Pilot Program Call for Nominations by SOs/ACs

LOS ANGELES – 19 March 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

Request for Proposal: ICANN's Open Data Platform

LOS ANGELES – 12 March 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is...

Successful Candidates Announced for ICANN62 Fellowship

LOS ANGELES – 9 March 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

ICANN Publishes First Complaints Office Semi-Annual Report

LOS ANGELES – 7 March 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

ICANN Reserve Fund: Proposed Replenishment Strategy

Open Date: 6 March 2018 Close Date: 25 April 2018
Originating Organization: ICANN...

Draft Project Plan for the Proposed Name Collision Analysis Project (NCAP)

Open Date: 2 March 2018 Close Date: 18 April 2018
Originating Organization: Security and...

Uniform Board Member Integrity Screening Process

Open Date: 2 March 2018 Close Date: 17 April 2018
Originating Organization: ICANN Board of...

Calls-to-Action for ICANN Reviews

Calls-to-Action for ICANN Reviews

ICANN Reviews are important accountability mechanisms that need your input to help ICANN...

Reminder: Nomination Period for ICANN Multistakeholder Ethos Award Open

Nominations Close 19 March 2018

Submit Nominations Via the Ethos Award Nomination Form

ICANN is...

GSMA and ICANN Sign Memorandum of Understanding at GSMA Mobile World Congress

GSMA and ICANN Sign Memorandum of Understanding at GSMA Mobile World Congress

BARCELONA, Spain – 28 February 2018 – Today, the GSMA and the Internet Corporation for...

RSSAC2 Review: Assessment Report Published

LOS ANGELES – 27 February 2018 – Interisle Consulting Group, the independent examiner performing...

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 during its...

ICANN Webinar: Replenishment Strategy for the Reserve Fund

LOS ANGELES – 23 February 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

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 Numbers (ICANN),...

Draft Procedure for Community gTLD Change Requests

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

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 and Numbers...

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:...

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 Numbers (ICANN)...

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...

Apply Now for ICANN Leadership Positions

LOS ANGELES – 31 January 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

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."