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ICANN to Convene Annual Asia/Pacific Regional Registry/Registrar Event

On 26-27 August 2010, ICANN and its gTLD registration services providers will meet in Tokyo, Japan. Regional events, which ICANN has convened annually in Asia/Pacific, Europe and North America since 2006, are a chance for ICANN staff and representatives from gTLD registries and ICANN-accredited registrars to meet informally to discuss topics important to our industry and business relationships. Some of the anticipated agenda items are:

• New RAA Implementation
• Developments in Contractual Compliance
• Developments in GNSO Policy Initiatives
• Developments in Security Initiatives
• Registry Transition Procedures
• Terminated Registrar Transition Process

These regional events are distinguished from the regular international ICANN meetings in that they are not structured to influence policy development, but as an opportunity to exchange information. These periodic regional events enable more people from local registrars to meet ICANN staff and get to understand ICANN better, to better appreciate compliance and policy issues, and to interact with peers and gTLD registries. As ICANN has done for previous regional events, all presentation materials will be published on the ICANN website after the event.

While this occasion is presented as a regional event, ICANN is making it available to ICANN-accredited registrars and gTLD registries located around the globe that may have a regional or business interest in attending. Space is limited, so interested registrars and registries are asked to pre-register. Others who may be interested in becoming an ICANN-accredited registrar or gTLD registry and wish to attend as observers should contact for details.


    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."