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ICANN56 Technical Report Now Available!

We're pleased to present the ICANN56 Technical Report, which summarizes our findings from ICANN's first Policy Forum. Meeting technical reports are part of ICANN's commitment to transparency. These metrics also help us improve meetings, as we learn what attendees want, what we are doing well and where we can improve.

The report presents the data in an accessible and easy-to-read format – using charts, graphics and tables. Highlights of the findings include:

  • 1,436 attendees, 24% first-time attendee
  • 264 sessions held
  • Most attended session: Welcome and Multistakeholder Ethos Award Presentation
  • 477 mobile app users with 355 schedules created
  • 400 meeting website users and 37,106 pages viewed
  • 1,344 remote participants
  • Streaming hours: 36% English, 14% French, 14% Spanish, 9% Arabic, 9% Chinese, 9% Portuguese, 9% Russian

Our goal is to improve on the metrics we collect each meeting. We are also analyzing trends by comparing data meeting over meeting. Learning about trends gives us greater insights into how we are meeting the needs of attendees, and informs the kinds of changes we need to make. We expect to release this information soon – stay tuned!

Click here to download the full ICANN56 Technical Report [PDF, 5.92 MB].

And don't forget to tell us what you thought about the Policy Forum! Take the post-ICANN56 survey!

If you have questions, don't hesitate to email


    Loto  07:42 UTC on 28 July 2016

    Interresting article, thanks.

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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."