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ICANN Extends Engagement in Brazil in 2016

Expanding Our Outreach

ICANN Extends Engagement in Brazil in 2016

Brazil is a vast country, where engagement means traveling long distances. In 2016 we crossed the country from north to south to engage with an impressive collection of current and potential stakeholders. Our Global Stakeholder Engagement team:

  • Met with members of Internet service provider (ISP) associations from Redetelesul (Foz do Iguaçu, State of Paraná), Future ISP (Olinda, State of Pernambuco) and InternetSul (Porto Alegre, State of Rio Grande do Sul).
  • Presented on topics of interest to Internet service and connectivity providers at 8ISP ABRINT2016 in São Paulo. (ABRINT is the conference of the Associação Brasileira de Provedores de Internet e Telecomunicaçõe.)
  • Discussed participation opportunities with more than 900 computer science and engineering students who were new to ICANN and Internet governance. Visited universities in Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul and São Paulo.
  • Participated and led discussions with local and foreign community representatives during the "Internet Governance and Freedom of Expression Seminar" in Brasilia.
  • Accompanied researchers of the LAC Domain Name System (DNS) Marketplace Study [PDF, 3.7 MB] to Rio de Janiero to present the study at the RioInfo 2016 Congress.

Supporting New gTLDs

Brazil is home to 11 new generic top-level domain (gTLD) registries, most of them actively pushing the boundaries of innovation. Together with our colleagues in the Global Domains Division, the LAC Global Stakeholder Engagement team provided support to these new gTLD registries.

Strengthening Partnerships

We engaged with Brazil's top institutions to spread the word about ICANN's most important policy developments of 2016. We updated business leaders on brand protection and dispute resolutions, and educated law practitioners on Internet governance affairs and remote hub operations at ICANN Public Meetings.

Spreading the Word Through NextGen

In 2016, Brazil hosted the free and open Governance Primer. LAC NextGen alumni powered the event, sharing what they had learned from the ICANN community: "The activity seeks to explain Internet governance to anybody who is interested in it, regardless of their background, be they university undergraduate or senior electronic engineers"

This concept has spread across Brazil, with successful editions in São Paulo and Porto Alegre, and across the LAC region to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Montevideo, Uruguay. Some 160 participants joined the events.

Stay tuned! Soon, we'll launch our "2016 LAC Year in Review" report, which will include infographics with data showing our progress. In the meantime, take a look at recent blog posts by my colleagues Alex Dans (2016 LAC Communications Highlights) and Rodrigo Saucedo (2016 LAC Strategy Highlights).


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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."