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ICANN invited to participate at the Russian Economic Forum

ICANN has been invited to participate in the XIth St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Both myself (Veni Markovski) and CEO and President Paul Twomey will be attending. Paul will speak at the Round Table entitled: “Knowledge based economy” where the moderator is Andrei Fursenko, Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, and other speakers include Leonid Reiman, Minister of Information Technology and Communications of the Russian Federation; Esko Aho, President, Finnish National Fund for Research and Development (SITRA), former Prime Minister, Finland; Todd Bradley, Senior Executive Vice President, Hewlett Packard; William Swope, Vice President, Intel; Evgeny Utkin, President, Sitronics; and Jon Fredrik Baksaas, President and CEO, Telenor ASA.

During the two days of the conference Paul Twomey and myself will be meeting Russian and foreign governmental officials, representatives of private and governmental businesses from Russia and all over the world. A meeting with representatives from the Russian Internet business community is also scheduled.

I believe the invitation to participate at the Forum, is a clear sign, that ICANN’s commitment to work in cooperation with Russia and the countries from the region, has been welcome by our Russian colleagues. I also hope that during the meetings with the Russian officials, we’ll send some clear messages, one of which is the importance all countries with Cyrillic alphabet have for the development of IDNs. We believe that Russia, with its large number of engineers, could be more active within ICANN, the IETF, ISOC and other relevant organizations – at all levels. We are looking forward towards further Russian participation at the ICANN meetings, and we encourage Russian and regional representatives to put forward their names for different positions at ICANN – from the Board level, to the supporting organizations.

We signed the accountability framework with the .ru ccTLD at the end of March 2007, and that’s only the beginning of what, we hope, will be a long-term and positive development.

Other participants at the Forum include Russian president Vladimir Putin, vice-president Al Gore, Gerhard Schroeder, James Wolfensohn – former president of the World Bank, Klaus Schwab – Executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, Pascal Lamy – Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Jean Lemierre – President of the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Susan C. Schwab – US Trade Representative, and many others.


    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."