Meet the NextGen from ICANN59
The NextGen experience at ICANN59 will be a lasting memory for all who were involved. After the meeting was over, the NextGen participants took it upon themselves to create a report highlighting their experiences. The meeting gave them a deeper idea of what ICANN is all about. Their individual interactions with the various stakeholders and community members brought to light how the NextGen Program is making a difference in these young people's lives and is helping to shape the future. We hope that before long, the ICANN community will benefit from their involvement.
Six weeks before ICANN59, the program Ambassadors and I prepared the NextGen participants. And once again, when they arrived at the meeting, I was struck by the level of knowledge and enthusiasm that these young adults brought with them. Presentation day gave them a chance to shine! Their topics were intriguing and their presentations were fascinating – and elicited thought-provoking questions from the audience.
In the report, you'll meet the NextGen participants of ICANN59 and experience what they encountered during their week at ICANN59. I think you'll find it an interesting read, and it will help you to understand the program and its importance.
I also invite you to take a look at the ICANN59 NextGen Flickr album put together by Nelson Kwaje, one of this meeting's participants.
If you're interested in learning more about the NextGen Program or becoming a participant in a future meeting, see the ICANN@NextGen webpage.
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""icann.org"" is not an IDN."