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Dubai meeting opens tomorrow

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Dubai meeting logoICANN’s second regional meeting will open its doors in Dubai tomorrow, Tuesday 1 April.

It starts at 9am local time with opening remarks from the Director General, Telecom Regulatory Authority of UAE, Mr. Mohamed Al Ghanim, and ICANN’s CEO Paul Twomey (timezone breakdown).

Then follows a keynote from the Chairman of TAGOrg, Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, and a presentation from the Director of Technical Affairs for TRA, Mohammed Gheyatha.

The meeting will last for three days with three main themes:

Day 1: An introduction to ICANN and the multi-stakeholder model
Day 2: Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs)
Day 3: New opportunities in the registry and registrar markets

You can find out all you need to know about the meeting here on ICANN’s public participation site, with the full agenda on this webpage.

There is a chatroom for the course of the meeting, which may also be used for remote participation during the meeting.

And you will be able to listen in to events as they happen: in English, and in Arabic. (If you are looking for a media player, the excellent open-source and multi-functional VLC player can be downloaded here.)

The Dubai meeting is the second regional outreach meeting ICANN has held, the first being in Taipei between 19-21 October. The meetings are intended for policy makers, as well as business and members of the Internet community in the region.

For those interesting in participating remotely, 9am Dubai time = 6am London = 1am New York = 10pm Los Angeles. See table here.


    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."