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Pre-ICANN 50 Policy Update Webinar

As ICANN 50 in London approaches, the Policy Development team is working diligently to update the global multistakeholder community on policy development work at ICANN. To this end, the Policy Development team will be hosting the Pre-ICANN 50 Policy Update Webinar on Thursday 12 June. There are two 90-minute sessions to allow for greater participation from around the world: 10:00 UTC and 19:00 UTC.

Please RSVP by completing this form. Remote participation details will be sent via e-mail the week of 9 June.

The Pre-ICANN 50 Policy Update Webinar sessions will provide an overview of policy development activities across the ICANN. Updates will also be provided on activities of the Supporting Organizations (ASO, ccNSO, and GNSO) and on the progress of policy advice efforts of the Advisory Committees (ALAC, GAC, RSSAC, and SSAC). Topics will include:

  • ASO and RIR Updates
  • Curative Rights for IGO/INGOs
  • Data and Metrics for Policy Making
  • Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy Part D
  • Policy and Implementation
  • Privacy and Proxy Services Accreditation Issues
  • Translation and Transliteration of Contact Information
  • Framework of Interpretation Final Report
  • ALAC Policy Advice Activities
  • ATLAS II Overview
  • High-Level Governmental Meeting
  • GAC Advice Follow-up
  • RSSAC Restructure Update
  • RSSAC Caucus Call for Membership
  • SSAC Activities

For more information, please visit the announcement page. Each webinar session includes a moderated question and answer session with our policy experts.

A primary role of ICANN is to coordinate policy development related to the global Internet's systems of unique identifiers. ICANN has open and transparent policy development mechanisms to promote well-informed decisions based on expert advice from a diversity of views from stakeholders.

The ICANN Community works to improve and streamline these mechanisms to encourage more participation from as many voices as possible. This bottom-up, multistakeholder, consensus-driven approach results in recommendations for the domain name system that are fair, effective, and carefully considered, preserving and enhancing the security, stability and resiliency of the Internet.

On behalf of the ICANN Policy Development team, I invite all to join the Pre-ICANN 50 Policy Update Webinar and learn more about policy development at ICANN. We also encourage you to engage with us by using the hashtag, #ICANNPolicy.


    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."