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  • Extension of Nom Com Deadline to 18 May 2007

    Earlier today the ICANN Nominating Committee extended the deadline for Statements of Interest from 1 May 2007 to 18 May 2007, 23:59 UTC. If anyone is interested in submitting a Statement of Interest, please see http://nomcom.icann.org. A copy of the extension announcement...
  • Court decision allows imminent termination of RegisterFly

    ICANN granted the right to act on transfers as soon as possible; plan in action Under a preliminary injunction issued on Thursday 26 April 2007, ICANN now has the right to terminate RegisterFly’s accreditation as soon as possible. RegisterFly failed to meet the conditions...
  • African RALO footage

    At the Lisbon meeting in March, two new regional at large organisations (RALOs) were formed and formally signed agreements up on stage with ICANN CEO Paul Twomey. We recorded the event and have put together this two-minute video of the African RALO signing, complete with...
  • Looking for Feedback on Registry Failover

    As part of ICANN’s Registry Failover project, I have been informally asking questions outside ICANN on what types of information the community, users and the public would want to receive in the event of a registry failure. So far the response has been: - When will the TLD...
  • ICANN granted temporary restraining order against RegisterFly

    RegisterFly has been ordered to hand over to ICANN current and accurate data for all of its domain names now ICANN’s application for a temporary restraining order (TRO) against RegisterFly was granted on Monday by US Federal Court Judge, Manuel J. Real. Under the TRO,...
  • Reminder: Deadline for NomCom statements is two weeks away

    This is a reminder that the deadline for the 2007 ICANN Nominating Committee to receive Statements of Interest from candidates for the ICANN Board of Directors, GNSO Council, ccNSO Council and At-Large Advisory Committee is 1 May 2007 23:59 UTC. Potential candidates have...
  • ICANN Lisbon in pictures

    ICANN held its 28th meeting in the Portugese capital of Lisbon between 26 and 30 March 2007, thanks to local hosts FCCN – Fundação para a Computação Científica Nacional (National Foundation for Scientific Computing) who run the .pt top-level domain. This is a very brief...
  • ICANN in Russia, April 2007

    On April 5-6 several of us were in Moscow, at the international conference on security and trust. The conference was organized by RANS – The Russian Association for Networks and Services. ICANN was represented by Theresa Swinehart – VP Global Partnership, board members...
  • Students, you can participate in ICANN

    During the ICANN meeting two weeks ago, we conducted a special university outreach event at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (Faculdade de Ciencias da Universidade de Lisboa). ICANN Board Chairman Vint Cerf gave a very interesting introduction on the...
  • Hello from ALAC

    Hi everyone I’m Jacqueline Morris, the new Chair of ALAC, the At-Large Advisory committee. The At-Large is the vehicle for individual Internet users to have a voice in ICANN, on policy matters, or on anything that’s of interest to the global community of individual...
  • 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....
  • Public forum discussion over RegisterFly

    The following is the discussion held over RegisterFly at the ICANN public forum on Monday 26 March 2007. It has been split and hyperlinked for ease of review. The transcript for the entire public forum can be found here. RegisterFly was also the topic of discussion at a...
  • Stats on blog comment deletions

    In the interests of openness, we have compiled statistics for the posts we have deleted from the blog last month, March 2007, broken down according to person and type of comment. We have only listed those who had three or more comments deleted. There were five people with...
  • Board discussion over RegisterFly

    The following is the discussion held over RegisterFly at the ICANN Board meeting on Friday 31 March 2007. RegisterFly was also the topic of discussion for an hour at the end of the Public Forum on Monday 26 March 2007. The public forum’s full transcript is available here....
  • FAQs for RegisterFly customers

    UPDATE: ICANN has announced the bulk transfer of gTLD names from RegisterFly to Go Daddy. Please see the announcement at http://www.icann.org/announcements/announcement-29may07.htm for more information. Archived FAQs Over the last several weeks, ICANN has fielded...
  • RegisterFly Update March 31

    This is an update on the termination of RegistrFly as an ICANN accredited registrar. As was previously advised ICANN sent a notice of termination to RegisterFly effective 31 March 2007 Under the agreement RegisterFly can initiate arbitration challenging the termination....
  • 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...
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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."