ICANN Board to Hold Two Open Meetings at ICANN58
As part of an ongoing pilot program following up on its commitment to open sessions, the ICANN Board of Directors will make two of its sessions at ICANN58 in Copenhagen open to the community and public. The Board invites all interested individuals to join. Note that times are shown in both Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and Central European Time (CET), Copenhagen’s time zone.
Saturday, 11 March | 15:00–15:30 UTC, 16:00–16:30 CET
The Board will review and discuss the Community Anti-Harassment Policy and decide on its adoption. It will also evaluate whether the proposed resolution addresses the public comments regarding the role of the Office of the Ombudsperson in the evaluation of complaints filed under the policy.
FY18 ICANN and IANA Operating Plan and Budget Review
Sunday, 12 March | 07:45–09:15 UTC, 08:45–10:15 CET
This is an informational briefing to the Board on the Draft FY18 Operating Plan and Budget posted for Public Comment.
Because of physical and logistical constraints, the format will be a listen-only session via Adobe Connect. For information about how to join, visit: https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/2017-board-meetings. All meeting materials will be posted on the same page. We hope you will join!
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."