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APWG, APWG EU Welcome ICANN to Steering Committees

Nearly 300 participants from academia and research, governments and NGOs, and commercial security investigation gathered in Barcelona from 26-29 May to attend the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) Symposium on Electronic Crime Research (eCrime 2015). This year's event was hosted by Caixa Bank at the exceptional and unique Caixa Forum in Barcelona, and had the highest number of attendees to date.

The event program included accepted research papers, case studies and research presentations, as well as expert panels that examined cryptocurrencies (e.g., BitCoin), mobile attacks, social media, messaging and data privacy abuse, domain reputation, (phishing) incident response, data privacy and security awareness. The breadth of the program illustrates the many cyber activities that shape or influence phishing and impersonation-based online crime.

During the event, ICANN was formally nominated and accepted as a Steering Committee member for both the APWG and the APWG EU. I'm excited to serve as ICANN's committee representative. I was also invited to speak on a panel to discuss the future of data privacy and security awareness programs including Stop. Think. Connect.

Caixa Forum Panel

During his closing remarks, Caixa Bank Deputy Chairman, Antonio Massanell, welcomed ICANN to the APWG EU and expressed his appreciation that ICANN would lend its Internet governance and domain name industry expertise to APWG EU.

ICANN has enjoyed a mutually productive relationship with APWG since 2007. Security staff has participated in APWG's Internet Policy Committee and APWG members have been accepted to ICANN's Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC). This cross-community relationship has helped raise awareness of the roles domain names and Internet addresses play in cybercrime, which has been helpful in shaping multi-stakeholder policies aimed at mitigating identifier system abuse. ICANN is excited to have a formal role in APWG and APWG EU and looks forward to even more effective collaboration in the future.


    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"""" is not an IDN."