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ICANN 50: London – Global Domains Division (GDD) Sessions

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It's time for our next ICANN meeting! ICANN 50 in London is taking place 22 – 26 June 2014. The meeting will be a great place for attendees to learn about the Global Domains Division, get an update on the evolution of the New gTLD Program, and discuss hot topics with staff.

Session topics include: What's New with the Global Domains Division; Name Collision; Universal Acceptance; the IDN Variant TLD Program; and many more. Information on these sessions and others can be found below. All session times are subject to change, visit the ICANN 50 meeting site for an updated schedule.

To better serve you, I am pleased to let you know that GDD will have an information booth at the London meeting. This is the first time we will have a single "gathering spot" to help attendees connect with appropriate GDD team members – we'll even be scheduling appointments to meet with GDD staff during ICANN 50. The GDD team is always happy to discuss any particular issues, suggestions or improvements you would like us to focus on so please stop by the booth to chat or setup a meeting.

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

  • What's New with the Global Domains Division?
    Date: Monday – 23 June 2014
    Time: 13:30 to 15:00 BST
    This session will provide an overview of the Global Domains Division (GDD) including its mission, structure and services. The overview will be followed by a high-level update on the New gTLD Program, a wide range of domain name industry services and other high-interest topics. Time will be allotted for questions and answers at the end of the session.

  • New gTLD "Stories" Panel
    Date: Monday – 23 June 2014
    Time: 15:15 to 16:45 BST
    What is the vision behind your new generic Top-Level Domain? ICANN will pose this question to a group of new gTLD applicants and registry operators who have volunteered to share their ideas and real-life experiences. Potential themes include business plans, challenges faced in bringing a new gTLD online, expectations for Internet user interaction on a new domain, and the future of the domain name industry in general.

  • Name Collision
    Date: Monday – 23 June 2014
    Time: 17:00 to 18:30 BST
    Inform the community of the proposal to handle name collision on new TLDs and collect input.

  • Thick Whois Consensus Policy
    Date: Monday – 25 June 2014
    Time: 12:15 to 13:15 BST
    Brief History and Overview of Thick WHOIS, sharing of Staff, implementation plan and schedule, discussion with the Implementation Review Team and an open microphone for comments and feedbacks.

  • IDN Variant TLDs Program
    Date: Wednesday – 25 June 2014
    Time: 8:30 to 10:00 BST
    This session will provide a presentation and status update on the IDN Variant TLD Program. Update will include progress made on the implementation of the IDN Root LGR Procedure, status of the Maximal Starting Repertoire, community and Generation Panels' updates. Who Should Attend? New gTLD applicants and anyone with an interest in IDN variant TLDs.

  • Contractual Compliance Program Updates and Q&A
    Date: Wednesday – 25 June 2014
    Time: 9:30 to 11:00 BST
    This session is to bring ICANN community (ALAC, IPC, BC, contracted parties, etc.) together to engage in the updates and address any questions and concerns directly with the compliance team and amongst each other. The objective of this session is to provide the ICANN community with an update on the ICANN Contractual Compliance program, core operations and performance reporting.

  • TLD Universal Acceptance
    Date: Wednesday – 25 June 2014
    Time: 10:45 to 12:15 BST
    Based on practical operational experience, not all systems (e.g. browsers, spam filters, registration databases, user profiles, ISPs, etc.) work seamlessly when new TLDs are added. Users may experience failures in resolution or other issues with newer TLDs, which in turn impacts consumer trust on the DNS. The issue of the Universal Acceptance of TLDs (Top-Level Domains) is critically related to the introduction of new gTLDs, as well as the introduction of IDN ccTLDs.

  • Whiteboarding Session with IRTP – C IRT
    Date: Wednesday – 25 June 2014
    Time: 11:30 to 13:00 BST
    The session is for the IRTP - C Implementation Review Team to discuss process flow for Recommendation 1 of the WG's final report. The session will include a whiteboarding session with the team to map out what the change of control/change of registrant function will consist of in the future Transfer Policy.

  • IDN Root Zone LGR Generation Panels
    Date: Wednesday – 25 June 2014
    Time: 15:30 to 16:30 BST
    After a short introduction to the IDN Root Zone LGR Procedure implementation and LGR work, as well as discussions on various LGR project related topics with script community guidance on how to form a Generation Panel, this public workshop will allow established and prospective Generation Panels to present community efforts to establish themselves and initiate the LGR work, as well as discussions on various LGR project related topics with script community representatives. Who Should Attend? New gTLD applicants and anyone with an interest in IDN variant TLDs.

  • ICANN's Security, Stability & Resiliency Team – Outreach Session
    Date: Wednesday – 25 June 2014
    Time: 15:30 to 16:30 BST
    Open session for the community to discuss and share with ICANN's Security, Stability & Resiliency Team on current and relevant SSR matters.

  • New gTLD Registry Operator Engagement
    Date: Wednesday – 25 June 2014
    Time: 15:30 to 16:30 BST
    The purpose of this session is to provide new gTLD Registry Operators (RO) with RO related material including updates to the registry on - boarding process, quick refreshers on Registry Services (e.g., RSEP, RRA Amendment Process) and overview of anticipated roadmap of our future activities. This will be followed by a feedback/Q&A session to engage with the Registry Operators on all topics related to Registry Services.

  • User Workshop for GDD Portal
    Date: Wednesday – 25 June 2014
    Time: 16:45 to 18:15 BST
    Present GDD Portal Overview and Status; provide forum for Registry users to share their experience; discuss and gather suggestions for improvements and enhancements.


    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."