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Join the Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review Team in Vienna

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Less than a year ago, ICANN launched a Review Team to assess the extent to which the introduction of new gTLDs has promoted competition, consumer trust and consumer choice. The effectiveness of the application and evaluation processes, and safeguards put in place by ICANN to mitigate issues, are also being gauged.

At the end of this month, on 29-30 August 2016, the Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review Team (CCT-RT) will be holding a face-to-face meeting in Vienna, Austria to discuss these important issues, and we want you to join us!

Key objectives of this meeting will be to discuss our Review Team findings and to receive updates from:

  • An Analysis Group economic study that is examining pricing trends and competition indicators in the Global Domain Name market.
  • The Nielsen registrant survey that is studying consumers' perceived trust and choice in the Domain Name System.
  • AM Global's interviews conducted with applicants.

With all of this new data, our team will begin shaping our recommendations for how the community and ICANN can draw on the lessons learned over the past eight years to enhance the process moving forward.

All interested stakeholders can join us in-person to observe the meeting. The entire meeting will also be live-streamed on Adobe Connect for those outside of Vienna that would like to observe. We invite you to refer to the meeting program for more details on the agenda and in-person and/or remote participation.

In addition, we welcome stakeholders to meet us for a cocktail hour on Sunday, 28 August at 18:30 CEST. To join us, send an RSVP email to by 24 August, 23:59 UTC - to confirm your participation.

Community participation is key to the success of a review. Your unique input and perspectives will help us drive our recommendations. Any suggestions can be sent to us via our dedicated mailing-list:, which is publicly archived. 

For more information on our work and past meetings, you can visit our public wiki space here.

The CCT-RT looks forward to your participation in the meeting and thanks you for your interest!


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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."