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  • Asia-Pacific Registry/Registrar Regional Gathering Concluded

    On 10-11 September 2008, ICANN hosted its third Asia/Pacific regional gathering in Seoul, Korea. The regional gathering approach to broadening participation in the ICANN process for gTLD registries and ICANN-accredited registrars was first introduced in February 2005 in...
  • Look at the front page! It’s… slightly different

    This is a screengrab of the ICANN front page. You’ll notice that it’s slightly different. The changes are explained briefly below, but we’d like to take this opportunity to ask people to think about the future of the website – it’s overall look and it’s overall...
  • Nominating Committee selections announced

    The selections of the 2008 Nominating Committee have just been announced. They include: • Two new Board members • Two members of the ALAC • One member of the ccNSO Council • One member of the GNSO Council In total, 78 individuals applied (13 female and 65 male). The...
  • We need a translation expert – do you know one?

    ICANN is becoming a more multilingual organization and in doing so has spent a year, with some expert help and plenty of useful feedback from the community, developing and implementing a translation programme. We have now reached the stage where we need someone with...
  • IIC consultation at APNIC in New Zealand – TODAY!

    As part of the Improving Institutional Confidence in ICANN consultation, we are holding a series of regional consultative meetings where the documents created by the President’s Strategy Committee (PSC) are outlined and attendees are given the opportunity to ask questions...
  • Used but Unallocated

    In February I commented about how we have been doing some research into the use of unallocated address space on the Internet. I hoped that I could give a report on the results sooner than this but the work has now been done and the results have been made public. Duane...
  • July magazine out

    The July edition of the ICANN magazine is out, emailed to subscribers and available for review online. Each issue covers the latest news and events, plus outlines how you can interact with the organization. This month, alongside the usual policy rundown, compliance...
  • Paris Briefing Note – overall summary of the meeting

    As with previous meetings, we have prepared a “briefing note” for Paris to act as a broad summary of what happened over the five days. It has been published on the Paris meeting site and we republish it below. What was it? ICANN’s 32nd international public meeting was one...
  • Circular dependencies, DNS and impediments to IPv6 adoption

    It is sometimes said that ISPs do not offer IPv6 transport and equipment vendors offer just partial IPv6 support because there is no customer demand. The counter argument is often made that consumers can only buy what is on offer so people prefer to buy production quality...
  • Let’s talk together

    The short video above was created to showcase the possibilities that now exist to communicate across languages using video and the latest transcription/translation technology. It is open to all so that they might be able to translate the message in your language through...
  • Main IDN User Question

    One of the main IDN questions asked by end-users in the last few months, and that have been discussed during the ICANN Paris meeting in the recent week is as follows: “If I have registered <domainname>.tld, then how will you ensure that I am also the registrant of...
  • Bienvenue a Paris

    The Paris meeting beings next week, and we are extremely grateful to receive this video from the boys at Domaine.info – acting as an ad for the conference. Domaine.info will also be filming the meeting and preparing edited highlights of the biggest sessions of each day.
  • What is Afghanistan?

    Tonight on American television quiz show Jeopardy, a piece of IANA-esoterica was the “Final Jeopardy” question of the night: More information on this event is in the UNDP’s press release of the event, as well as of course the IANA delegation report.
  • IDN wiki – adding Urdu and Thai

    As you may know by now ICANN has launched an IDN wiki, with fully localized addresses, which is managed by a GREAT wiki team (consultants to ICANN) and a GREAT group of moderators that have volunteered to assist is supporting the various languages that the wiki currently...
  • The Future of the Internet – YouTubery in action

    There is a large OECD ministerial meeting in Seoul later this month (and just a week before the ICANN Paris meeting), that has as its title: “The Future of the Internet Economy”. The technical community – including ICANN – is hosting a one-day conference prior to the...
  • May magazine out

    The May issue of ICANN’s magazine is out, emailed to subscribers and available for review online. Each issue covers the latest news and events, plus outlines how you can interact with the organization. It should also give you an insight into the upcoming month, including...
  • Global Survey on Multilingualism in ICANN’s Work Online

    ICANN today enabled an online survey, available in 11 languages including English, to facilitate understanding of the way in which the community uses existing materials prepared in multiple languages. It will also help ICANN understand how it could enhance multilingual...
  • Ghosts of Root Servers Past

    As noticed by some in the Internet network operations community, at the beginning of May an odd event occurred as ICANN ended DNS service on the IP address formerly associated with L.ROOT-SERVERS.NET (“L-root”). Specifically, as ICANN turned off the DNS service at the...
  • Deadline closing today on ALAC review

    A quick notice: the deadline for input on ALAC review is ending today (Fri 2 May 2008), so get your comments in as soon as possible if you want your perspective to be considered in the initial review of suggestions. What do the independent reviewers want to hear about?...
  • Public Comments Wanted on ORG Proposal

    ICANN is currently seeking comments on Public Interest Registry’s proposed implementation of DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) in .ORG. Information on the proposal can be found at this announcement, and at http://www.icann.org/registries/rsep/#2008004. In order for...
  • Latest issue of ICANN magazine out

    The April issue of ICANN’s magazine is out. It was emailed to subscribers on Friday night and has been posted online today, Monday 14 April. In it, we provide updates on three policy areas: translation, SSAC, and new gTLDs. It also provide summaries of all 2008 Board...
  • 24 Hours Remain to Apply

    If you are interested in applying for an ICANN leadership position through the 2008 ICANN Nominating Committee, there are 24 hours remaining for consideration. The nomination period closes tomorrow, 15 April 2008 23:59 UTC. See http://nomcom.icann.org
  • 5 Days Remaining to Apply for ICANN Leadership Positions

    The deadline for Statements of Interest for ICANN leadership positions through the 2008 Nominating Committee is 15 April 2008 23:59 UTC. If you are interested in applying for one of the positions listed below, see http://nomcom.icann.org. The following positions are being...
  • Organizational structure image conspiracy uncovered

    One of the most difficult things about working at ICANN is keeping all the conspiracies under wraps. With an eagle-eyed community keeping tabs on the organisation’s every move, the tiny tweaks that, left noticed, would irreversibly alter the entire domain name system keep...
  • Stats on the past five months’ deleted blog comments

    So we have been running stats on the number of blog comments we have deleted each month in the interests of openness for a year now. You may have noticed however that we have not posted monthly stats since October. Why not? Well, we’re delighted to say that’s because we...

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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""icann.org"" is not an IDN."