¡Hola México! ICANN is Ready for ICANN67 in Cancún
As we close 2019 with ICANN66 in Montréal, Canada, we now focus on the new year for ICANN67 in Cancún, Mexico. It has been 10 years now since we had an ICANN meeting in Mexico. We are glad that our vibrant community will have the opportunity to visit the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region again for the ICANN67 Community Forum.
I am from Mexico and so is our newly-appointed ICANN Board Vice Chair León Sánchez, so this meeting has a special meaning to us, and to all of our community in Mexico and the LAC region. We are ready to welcome you and make the most of your participation in the ICANN meeting.
During ICANN66, we said goodbye to some of our Board members and greeted our new ICANN Board Chair, Maarten Botterman and new Vice Chair, León Sánchez. We wish them well in their new endeavor. They will play an important role in implementing ICANN’s new Strategic Plan 2021-2025 with very clear initiatives to help achieve our mission.
Mexico is home to over 80 million heavy Internet users, and the government is committed to increasing Internet penetration and achieving universal access for all its inhabitants. Cancún, Mexico, known for its beautiful beaches and Mayan culture and history, will host five days of intense debate and stakeholder engagement about ICANN’s most pressing matters. These key issues include DNS evolution, continued discussions around the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on the Temporary Specification on gTLD Registration Data, the New Generic Top-Level Domain Subsequent Procedures PDP, and many others. We will also be featuring sessions with a regional focus such as our traditional LAC Space.
Join us at ICANN67 and participate in a forum full of engagement opportunities.
See you in Cancún.
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."