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Countdown to ICANN58: Copenhagen

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In less than two weeks, the Internet community will gather in the Danish capital of Copenhagen for ICANN58. One of the oldest capitals in Europe and a hotbed of tech innovation, Copenhagen offers something for everyone – from history to art to food and more. Against the backdrop of this beautiful city, the Global Domains Division (GDD) will be offering a multitude of sessions that we encourage you to attend. A full list of sessions can be found here, but to highlight a few:

On Sunday, 12 March, you will have the opportunity to participate in a Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) Workshop, which will consist of technical working sessions on issues such as programming criteria, communications strategy review and email address internationalization (EAI) engagements. Also on the UA front is a public forum on Wednesday, 15 March, which will offer updates from the UASG as well as an opportunity for community engagement.

On Monday, 13 March, join us for New gTLD Program Reviews, an interactive session that will offer updates on the progress of several reviews, including competition, consumer trust and consumer choice (CCT), root server stability as well as rights protection mechanisms. In addition to updates, there will be discussion on policy recommendations and next steps. Additionally, on Wednesday, 15 March you can learn more about "Thick" WHOIS Policy updates related to the new gTLDs. Later that same day, you can also attend a multi-session on the IDN Program Update, where community contributors will update attendees on their great progress to date.

Another hot topic is the upcoming key signing key (KSK) rollover. Internet service providers (ISPs), enterprise network operators and others who have enabled DNSSEC validation are encouraged to attend Root Key Signing Key Rollover: Changing the Keys to the Domain Name System on Tuesday, 14 March. Members of ICANN's technical team will provide an update on the rollover, offer guidance on how to prepare and answer community questions.

ICANN58 promises to be a lively and engaging week! If you will be attending in person and have questions we can answer, feel free to stop by the GDD Information booth or reach out to your engagement manager to schedule a meeting.

We look forward to seeing you in Copenhagen. Safe travels!


    Mike Roch  23:57 UTC on 28 February 2017

    I am eagerly waiting for 12 March UASG workshop. thanks for the updates.

    John Caswell  20:27 UTC on 18 April 2017

    Thanks for the information. It's very interesting and useful.

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."