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Your input requested over the RegisterFly issue

In response to the ongoing queries for information over RegisterFly, we have set up a static page on ICANN’s Public Participation website to cover the process of review of both the Registar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) and wider changes with the registrar system itself.

We will be updating this page ( as and when new information comes in, so while blog posts will continue to provide the latest news, this static page should serve as a more useful and permanent resource for anyone interested in what is going on. The page provides useful links to factsheets, FAQs and previous discussions so people can educate themselves over what has happened so far; it also outlines what ICANN and its constituencies are doing about the issue; and provides suggestions to how you can get involved to improve the system, complete with links.

As part of this we have also set up a new forum which we hope will work more effectively than blog responses at helping the community reach its own suggested policy changes. That forum can be found at and is also linked to within the main static webpage.


This blog post will not allow comments as it is our hope that you use the participation site. If you wish to post a comment (rather than simply review others’ comments) you will need to register with the site. This is a very simple process where you simply type in a username and your email address and you will receive an email with a one-time password which you can then change immediately once you are logged in. If you have already registered and forgotten your password, you can request a new password.

If you find you have any problems with registering, please email ICANN’s general manger of public participation, Kieren McCarthy, at kieren [dot] mccarthy [at] From experience, we would first advise that you check your spam filter for the registration email.

The registration information acquired through this process will not be provided to any third-parties. ICANN is a not-for-profit corporation.


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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."