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ICANN's Asia Pacific Office Turns Five

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The Asia Pacific (APAC) office is marking an important milestone as we celebrate our fifth anniversary. The regional office, walking hand in hand with you, our APAC community, have come a long way in five years.

In our fifth anniversary report, we've put together key milestones of our journey. Looking back, we have formed many partnerships with our community. ICANN Readouts and APAC Space have since become established platforms to help our community network and stay up-to-date on current issues that facilitate participation in ICANN. Today, our APAC community has a clear presence within ICANN. In this year's report, we also profile those that have taken on leadership positions in the past year. We want to thank you for your passion and hard work.

Looking ahead, we aim to take on a more data-driven approach to continue to improve and address any gaps. In case you missed it, check out Joyce's recent blog, highlighting feedback we have collected from our APAC Space Survey, and where we will work to improve APAC Space.  

We will continue to focus on contributing to the security, stability, and resiliency of the Internet. To date, we have trained over 3,000 community members to strengthen their DNS operations and to adopt DNSSEC. This will continue to be a key pillar of our work, and Champika will soon share a blog on this.

Another key pillar of our regional office is to develop operational excellence, and the ICANN APAC team is becoming even more cohesive. Amongst others, we have strengthened our cross-functional support to the Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) Programs team. Our support as a regional team to the community has helped them make significant progress, such as by the Neo-Brahmi Generation Panel and the recent formation of the Myanmar Generation Panel. On a similar note, we have also stepped up efforts to support and partner the Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) to facilitate more engagement and awareness around Universal Acceptance. IDNs and Universal Acceptance are important topics for our diverse region and will continue to be key areas of our engagement work.

Please join us in celebrating our regional office's fifth anniversary. Look out for our posts on social media using the hashtag #APAC5. We look forward to creating more milestones with you!


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    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."