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Ready, Set, Engage: The Inaugural ICANN Global Domains Division (GDD) Industry Summit

ICANN's inaugural Global Domains Division (GDD) Industry Summit will be held 9-11 September, 2015. The three day event is intended to provide our contracted parties, resellers, and New gTLD applicants with the opportunity to discuss industry trends, operational issues, and emerging and ongoing challenges, as well as network with each other and ICANN staff in a more intimate setting than the tri-annual ICANN conferences. The Summit will also offer our staff additional insights into specific operational needs and challenges facing our contracted parties.

The agenda has been developed jointly with the registry and registrar stakeholder groups to encourage and promote candid, solutions-oriented conversations with a particular focus on operational issues as well as topics that may affect the overall eco-system of DNS in the long term. Moreover, the Summit is designed to answer questions and workshop specific operational needs and challenges related to contracted parties, not discuss policy. Attendees will also have the opportunity to become better acquainted with ICANN staff and schedule one-on-one meetings. Remote participation will be available for those that are not able to join in person.

I look forward to hosting the Summit and facilitating stronger ties to better our industry and work.


    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."