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Russian Internet conference next month

In a little over a month (September 10-12), IT professionals from around the world will meet at the Vatutinki residence near Moscow, Russia.

Among them will be, from ICANN, Theresa Swinehart, Tina Dam and Veni Markovski, as well as Fred Baker and Patrik Faltstrom (CISCO/IETF), Jaap Akkerhuis (DNSsec/NLnet Labs), Timothy Lowe (RIPE), and Lynn St. Amour – President and CEO of the Internet Society.

Topics on the agenda include (but are not limited to): IPv6, ENUM, DNSsec, Internationalized Domain Names, presentation and discussion about ISOC and ICANN.

A session will be dedicated to “Internet governance: status and way ahead” (chaired by V.M. Vasilyev of the Russian Ministry of information technologies and communications); another will discuss “International and national projects and programs on support of Internet development” (chaired by Markus Kummer from the IGF Advisory Group Secretariat, and with participation of George Sadowsky, adviser to the IGF AG, and chairman of the ICANN Nomination Committee).

See the full agenda (in English) at the website of the local organizers – the Russian Association of Networks and Services (RANS).

Last year,the conference brought together Dr. Paul Twomey, President/CEO of ICANN and Houlin Zhao, currently deputy-secretary of the ITU. You can see pictures from their session here.


    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."