ICANN’s Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Team Launches a New Regional Strategy Resource
Did you know that the LAC community presented its regional strategy for the first time in April 2013 at ICANN46 in Beijing? That the regional strategy projects fall into four key areas? That ICANN's LAC team and community travels across the region, four times a year, to provide outreach on key topics related to the critical infrastructure of the DNS? Or maybe you were aware of these activities but didn't know why the strategy was created or how to become involved?
As a starting point, to answer these questions, ICANN's LAC team has published a new trifold to describe its regional strategy. The trifold highlights some of our most prominent projects and explains how you can participate and stay informed on the latest regional news. This resource is available in English [PDF, 213 KB], Spanish [PDF, 205 KB], Portuguese [PDF, 204 KB] and French [PDF, 204 KB].
If you still have questions, please contact any of the staff members listed in the trifold and don't forget to subscribe to our monthly regional newsletter to receive the latest news on the strategy implementation.
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."