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ICANN in Wuzhen, China - Fourth World Internet Conference and More


In a few days, I will be visiting China for the Fourth World Internet Conference (WIC), and will also visit Chinese community members in the vicinity.

ICANN is not new to the WIC, also known as the Wuzhen Summit. Members of the ICANN community, Board, and organization have attended the last three summits. Each year, over 2000 participants have attended the summit. This is an opportunity for us to interact with different stakeholder groups to raise awareness of ICANN and the multistakeholder model.

Our approach this year is to continue engaging with multistakeholders. While the ICANN Chinese community has grown, given China’s 751 million Internet users, more participation in ICANN is needed. Furthermore, China has the second largest domain name market in the world. China’s developments in the domain industry will have an impact on the world.

Joining me this year will be Akinori Maemura, our Board member from the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, and Jian-Chuan Zhang, our Head of China. Akinori and I will speak at different sessions in Wuzhen. I will speak at the “Internet Talent Development and Exchange Forum,” organized by the China Association of Science and Technology, and the Internet Society of China. I will share about ICANN’s participation model, as well as our experience in stakeholder engagement in the Internet ecosystem, particularly with the next generation.

Akinori will speak at the session “International Rules in Cyberspace: Consensus and Outlook.” This is a closed session organized by academia – China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, Wuhan University, and Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. It is an opportunity for us to speak about rulemaking in the unique identifier ecosystem, where ICANN and other technical organizations such as the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and Regional Internet Registries – such as the Asia-Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) in the APAC region – have proven the multistakeholder model successful.

Finally, due to the proximity to Hangzhou, one of China's Internet centers, we plan to visit Hangzhou after WIC to meet with Chinese community members. We hope to discuss and explore collaboration opportunities for the Chinese community to be more plugged into ICANN’s work. 

I look forward to meeting you in Wuzhen.  


    aamir khan  21:41 UTC on 04 December 2017


    sarahwalker  21:51 UTC on 04 December 2017


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."