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ICANN´s regional strategy for Latin America and the Caribbean travels to Montevideo

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Speakers at the outreach track of the South America LAC-i-Roadshow, which was held in Montevideo, Uruguay.

For a little over four years, I've been involved in supporting the LAC-i-Roadshow as the Latin American and Caribbean Communications Manager. The LAC-i-Roadshow, a project created as part of the Latin America and the Caribbean Strategy [PDF, 212 KB], travels across the region to outreach to regional stakeholders on key topics related to the domain name system (DNS).

Having been involved since the creation of the first meeting logo, the distribution of the first press release, and the printing of first roll-up banner, I have been able to witness 18 successful editions held in cities across the Andean Region, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America. This year, Uruguay hosted our South American LAC-i-Roashow on 16 August 2018. As a Uruguayan, I was proud and excited to see that the LAC Internet community gather in Montevideo.

Montevideo, home to one of ICANN's regional offices, played host to more than 40 participants. The roadshow had a packed agenda, with three separate tracks: outreach, technical, and business. Session topics ranged from the security, stability, and resiliency of the DNS and the root zone Key Signing Key (KSK) Rollover to Universal Acceptance and the new generic top-level domain (gTLD) program. The roadshow also offered a comprehensive overview of key issues being discussed within both the ICANN community and the wider Internet Ecosystem.

This edition was particularly interesting, because hosting the roadshow in Uruguay gave us an opportunity to bring together local community members from ICANN's various constituencies and programs, including the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO), Address Supporting Organization (ASO), Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO), At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC), Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC), and Fellowship and NextGen programs. During the outreach track, each member gave an overview of their work, objectives, and current activities. Having someone from each one of these groups in attendance was a unique chance to demonstrate how involved the Uruguayan community is in the Internet governance ecosystem. It was a great reminder that Uruguay, and the rest of the LAC region, has quite a lot to offer to global Internet discussions.

We want to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to our local hosts, UYNIC, AGESIC, and MIEM, as well as our partner organizations at the Casa de Internet, for their support in making this all possible.

For Rodrigo de la Parra, ICANN's Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and Managing Director of the LAC Regional Office, it was good to be back "home" during a sunny week full of activities. Prior to the roadshow, our regional office in Montevideo was also the venue for another important activity, which you can read more about in Rodrigo Saucedo's recent blog.


    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."