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  • Board discussion over .xxx

    Board discussion over .xxx The following discussion took place between ICANN Board members with regard to the .xxx domain in a public meeting in Lisbon, Portugal on Friday 30 March 2007: Note: Although transcript output is largely accurate, in some cases it is incomplete...
  • Board resolutions, Lisbon 2007

    The following resolutions were passed by the ICANN Board on Friday 30 March 2007 in Lisbon. Approval of Minutes Proposed sTLD Agreement with ICM Registry Discussion of Registrar Accreditation Agreement Review Authorization to pay Legal Bills Action on President’s Strategy...
  • What’s wrong with this picture?

    Here is a screen shot from a bank’s website. Do you see anything wrong with it? Of course, the answer is yes. This website is artificially constraining a wide variety of valid Internet users from entering their valid email address into the web form. Users of domains like...
  • University Outreach Event Tomorrow

    In conjunction with the 28th International ICANN Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, tomorrow (Thursday, 29 March 2007) ICANN will conduct a special outreach event at the University of Lisbon. The event is 14:30-17:00, Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (Faculdade...
  • Kevin, Stop The Nonsense: Take the Logo Down and Give us the Data

    To all affected by RegisterFly, I am very sorry for not having provided an update to the Blog before this. We have not been idle. We are pursuing RegisterFly as hard as we can. The latest development is that ICANN’s General Counsel, John Jeffrey, has sent a letter to...
  • What do you think?

    Well, lCANN today introduced a new website with better navigation and new features. The site has a new, more useable navigation system and an improved look and feel. There’s a button in the top navigation that allows people to understand our processes and the timelines...
  • Factsheet: RegisterFly and Registrars

    A factsheet has been produced in time for the open forum discussion over the recent difficulties with registrar RegisterFly. The aim and intention of this and the previous factsheet is very clear: many of the issues that affect the Internet are quite technical and as a...
  • Some ICANN-related statistics

    Here are some statistics from Alexa.com about ICANN and ICANN-related web sites (as of this moment). If you know of other web sites, dedicated primarily on ICANN, please, publish them here as comments. Ranking Website Alexa ranking 1. Icann.org 11,521 2. Circleid.com...
  • ICANN Lisbon Meeting airport to city taxi transportation update

    Having just arrived in Lisbon, I’d like to share some useful information for all ICANN meeting participants. When you land at the airport, you may be asked by the taxi drivers that you need to pay up to Euro 20 for transport to the hotel. In reality, the price should be...
  • Interview with ICANN president and CEO Paul Twomey

    In an effort to provide interested observers with some up-to-date information on what is happening with ICANN, the organisation’s general manager of public participation interviewed ICANN’s president and CEO Paul Twomey. The interview, running at just over 10 minutes, is...
  • Public meeting on RegisterFly

    ICANN will be holding a public meeting specifically on RegisterFly as part of its opening open forum in Lisbon on Monday 26 March. President and CEO Paul Twomey will give his president’s report at 10.30am GMT/UTC in which he will briefly cover what should be discussed in...
  • Updated Contractual Compliance Program

    ICANN’s updated Contractual Compliance program (http://www.icann.org/compliance/), which includes ICANN’s Contractual Compliance philosophy, vision and operating plan, has been published to provide clear, transparent information regarding contractual compliance. ICANN...
  • RegisterFly transfer-out statistics

    ICANN received the following transfer statistics from RegisterFly overnight. We post these following our request last week for this daily information. Date No. domains transferred March 12 1,177 March 13 1,200 March 14 1,143 March 15 1,235 March 16 1,343 March 17 1,897...
  • Internet Epidemiology

    In 1854 London Dr. John Snow, by mapping incidence of cholera, was able to make the connection to that city’s water system. The recent New York Times Article “Research Tracks Down a Plague of Fake Web Pages” considers research by Microsoft and the University of...
  • Termination of RegisterFly Registrar Accreditation Agreement

    ICANN today issued a formal notice of termination of RegisterFly.com’s Registration Accreditation Agreement (RAA). ICANN has issued a letter to RegisterFly indicating that it will cease operating as an ICANN-Accredited Registrar on March 31, 2007. Under the terms of the...
  • Topics of Interest Beyond RegisterFly

    With nine days until the start of meetings in Lisbon, Portugal, some other topics of interest include: President’s Strategy Committee public session on Monday 19 March ICANN Nominating Committee seeking Statements of Interest Public comment period on PDP Feb 06 Report on...
  • Our policy on blog comments

    With a recent expansion in the number of comments the ICANN blog has been receiving, there have been a number of queries and complaints about individual comments not appearing. As such we felt it would be helpful to state ICANN’s policy on blog comments so the community...
  • RegisterFly update: March 13, 2007

    This shows the number of domains transferred away from RegisterFly.com for the dates of March 9, 10, 11, 2007. The numbers were: Date No. domains transferred March 9 1,114 March 10 707 March 11 345 ICANN has not received numbers for March 12. This demonstrates that...
  • RegisterFly update: March 12, 2007

    After discussions today with RegisterFly it seems clear that RegisterFly now has no technical impedements to do what’s necessary to service its eNom customers, including obtain auth-codes. ICANN would be grateful for information about whether eNom customers are receiving...
  • RegisterFly update: March 10, 2007

    ICANN spoke yesterday with Kevin Medina and Mark Klein of RegisterFly. ICANN asked for greater clarity from RegisterFly about auth-info codes and draw attention to this link to the registerfly.com auth-info codes retrieval process. RegisterFly indicated that auth-info...
  • RegisterFly update: March 9, 2007

    The United States District Court in New Jersey yesterday awarded Kevin Medina control of RegisterFly.com Inc. The decision resolves a dispute over ownership of the company. The resolution of this issue does not alter RegisterFly obligations to immediately cure the...
  • International Women’s Day

    Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day. A quick run through (by no means thorough) came up with the following number of women on various ICANN groups: Board: 4 of 15 or 27% Interim ALAC: 5 of 14 or 36% Nominating Committee: 3 of 22 or 14% GNSO: 5 of 22 or 23% ASO: 0...
  • Factsheet: DNS attack

    Today ICANN posted the first [pdf] in what we hope will be a series of factsheets that will help explain various elements of ICANN’s mission as well as wider, technical aspects of the Internet. The aim and intention is very clear: many of the issues that affect the...

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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."