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ICANN Takes DNS Discussions to the 14th Internet Governance Forum

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The Fourteenth Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is taking place in Berlin, Germany, from 25 to 29 November 2019. Members of the ICANN Community, Board, and organization will participate in the event, hosted by the Government of Germany at Estrel Congress Center. This year's theme, "One World. One Net. One Vision." intersects with our own long-standing motto: One World, One Internet.

ICANN will engage in a number of discussions over the course of the meeting, either as session participants or through ICANN-organized sessions. Within the three sub-themes of the forum, namely data governance, digital inclusion, and security, stability and resiliency, ICANN will focus on several important topics in the pursuit to bring the next billion people online. These topics include governance and how we can participate in discussions on smart regulation initiative; security and stability of the Domain Name System; and how Universal Acceptance is a key enabler for broader global accessibility to the Internet.

ICANN will hold three scheduled sessions:

Date Session Time (UTC +1) Location
25 November Workshop - The Evolving Ecosystem: ICANN's Role in the Security and Stability of the Internet 15:05 - 16:35 Raum II
26 November Open Forum: DNS, Threats and Opportunities 10:45 - 11:45 Convention Hall I - C
28 November Workshop - Online Identity in the Multilingual Domain Name Space 11:05 - 12:35 Raum III

At our now-customary Open Forum, we will look at recent threats to the Internet's stability and security. We will also discuss our initiative to track legislation and regulations that could impact our collective ability to foster an open, secure, and single Internet. During this interactive session, participants can engage in an open dialogue and exchange views with ICANN's leadership on this critical topic.

In the workshop "The Evolving Ecosystem: ICANN's role in the Security and Stability of the Internet", we will explore our role in furthering the stability and security of the Domain Name System (DNS) and talk about how we engage with our partners to fulfill this goal. The "Online Identity in the Multilingual Domain Name Space" workshop will focus on Universal Acceptance to foster digital inclusion and showcase examples of successfully addressing it.

ICANN is also co-hosting a reception with our Technical Community partners on Tuesday evening.

In addition, ICANN community members will participate or host other workshops and sessions. To see the full schedule, click here.

We look forward to participating in this year's IGF and engaging in discussions with our stakeholders from around the world.

Please visit our booth in Foyer 3 at the IGF Village. This year's event will be paperless; you will find many useful materials by clicking here.

See you soon in Berlin!


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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."