Thank you to Marrakech, Bonjour to Montréal
Two words have always defined ICANN: evolutionary change. That principle is well established, regardless of whether we are talking about the community, the organization, or the Board. Evolutionary change will frame ICANN’s next Public Meeting, ICANN66, in Montréal, Canada.
As ICANN65 draws to a successful close and we express our gratitude to our gracious hosts in Marrakech, we are hoping that you are also looking ahead to ICANN66 scheduled for 2-7 November 2019.
The Montréal meeting will be an important one. It is an Annual General Meeting. That means there will be a lot happening.
We will be saying farewell to a handful of Board members, including Board Chair Cherine Chalaby, as we welcome his yet-to-be-named successor.
Also, the At-Large community is holding its leadership development summit meeting, ATLAS III, in Montréal, which will draw At-Large participants from around the globe.
And don’t forget one of the biggest changes that you can expect at ICANN66 – the weather. You will be going from temperatures around 33°C (91°F) here in Marrakech in June to roughly around 7°C (45°F) in Montreal in November. Don’t think of it as “cold,” instead think of it as “brisk.” The temperatures will be nice enough to explore one of the most beautiful cities in North America, while also attending a meeting that will help determine ICANN’s future.
Safe travels home from Marrakech and we hope to see you in Montréal in November.
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."