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Spreading Knowledge in 2014 – Technical Training with NSRC

By Patrick Jones – Senior Director, Global Stakeholder Engagement

ICANN is a long time supporter of the University of Oregon's Network Startup Resource Center technical training and education programs (NSRC). In the coming weeks and months, ICANN and NSRC will be collaborating to bring continuing education and capability building workshops for ccTLDs and network operators. These workshops support the regional engagement strategies currently underway in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America & the Caribbean, and Oceania.

ICANN and NSRC will be hosting sessions at APRICOT 2014 in Bangkok (18-28 February). There will also be a DNSSEC training workshop with SGNIC prior to the ICANN meeting in Singapore (ICANN 49 runs from 23-27 March). Additional workshops are being planned for Costa Rica (21-25 April), Turkey and Rwanda (dates TBD). As part of cooperative work with regional network operator groups, ICANN and NSRC will also facilitate a DNS/DNSSEC training for the Middle East Network Operators Group (MENOG) in Dubai (23-27 March).

PACNOG – December 2013, Suva, Fiji

For those participating in the jointly developed NSRC-ICANN training courses, ICANN is able to offer continuing education credits through ISC2 (the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium). This is very useful for participants maintaining CISSP or a related continuing professional education certification.

If you are interested in hosting a future workshop, NSRC's workshop planning page is available here, providing information about requirements depending on the type of training being delivered.

The NSRC technical training has a real and substantial impact in the Internet community. Here are video examples of its work: Morocco, 2012 Year in Review. This training helps raise the level of technical understanding and awareness for network and TLD operators, builds trust and fosters a more resilient Internet ecosystem for everyone. ICANN strongly supports this collaboration and encourages others in the Internet community to do so.


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    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."