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ICANN 54: Dublin – Global Domains Division (GDD) Session Highlights

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In less than two weeks we'll be meeting in Dublin for ICANN 54, during which the Global Domains Division will have its strongest showing yet! We will conduct over 20 sessions on a variety of topics, with the GDD Update and New gTLD Program Reviews at the forefront of discussion along with related topics such as Universal Acceptance.

23 October 2015 will mark the second anniversary of the first delegations under the New gTLD Program and, to date, 760 new gTLDs have been delegated. With the program well underway, ICANN is increasing its focus on facilitating reviews that will help determine how well original program goals are being met and what lessons learned can be incorporated into future rounds. In addition to an overview session where you can learn about the status of all reviews, staff will conduct sessions on specific review topics, such as a discussion on the findings of the Program Implementation review and an examination of data that will inform the Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice review.

Following a full-day workshop on Sunday, the Universal Acceptance Steering Group will take the stage Monday to discuss activities underway and help educate members of the domain name industry, developers and other stakeholders on how they can make their systems Universal Acceptance-ready. This is a must-attend session for anyone interested in the success of new generic top-level domains and Internationalized Domain Names.

Other non-GDD sessions of interest to registries, registrars and the general community include a discussion of the role voluntary practices play in combating abuse online, which will be lead by ICANN's Chief Contract Compliance Officer, and a series of non-technical tutorials on how the Internet works, which will be conducted by ICANN staff and community members (more info: Internet Standards Setting, Internet Networking, Domain Name Registry Protocols and Root Server Operations).

Participate in as many sessions as you can at ICANN 54 and get answers to your questions directly from the GDD team. Have a question about a process? Stop by our GDD Information Booth to schedule an appointment with a subject matter expert. Also, read our latest blog post about our new and improved Global Support Center and learn how we can better serve you. You can find all GDD sessions on the Dublin website, including special interest sessions.

We look forward to seeing you all in Dublin. Safe travels!


    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."