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Update on ICANN Meetings in Yokohama (13-17 July)

This email is an update on plans for the July ICANN meetings in Yokohama, Japan. For regularly updated details, please visit <>. The ICANN meetings in Yokohama will be free and open to any interested person. The meetings will generally focus on the following three policy areas: At Large membership elections for ICANN Director seats; the creation of new top-level domain (TLD) registries; and country-code top-level domain (ccTLD) delegation and administration policies.

  • Schedule of meetings

The Yokohama ICANN meetings will include the ICANN Board meeting; the ICANN Public Forum; the Domain Name Supporting Organization (including the Names Council, the DNSO constituencies, and a General Assembly); and a number of working
groups and committees. The currently posted schedule is as follows:

12 July: ccTLD constituency of the DNSO
13 July: DNSO constituencies and working groups
14 July: DNSO Names Council and General Assembly
15 July: ICANN Public Forum; Evening reception
16 July: ICANN Board meeting
17 July: possible DNSO meetings

In addition, ICANN is working to organize an orientation session aimed at new participants in the ICANN process. Please check <> regularly for updates.

  • Sponsorship

There are still several sponsorship opportunities available, including a reception, coffee breaks, and webcasting. Help support ICANN's free and open meeting philosophy! Please contact Andrew McLaughlin <> for further information.

  • Visas, Preregistration, Hotels

Individuals planning on attending the ICANN meetings should immediately review the applicable visa requirements, as visas can be time-consuming to obtain. To determine your visa requirements, you should contact your local Japanese Consular Office or review the information at <>. If a visa is necessary, you should complete the form at
<> and return it to the ICANN-Yokohama Travel Assistance Desk according to the instructions at the top of the form. Please fill out the form carefully and completely, as the information provided will be used in the preparation of the support documents necessary for your visa application. Because the application process often takes more than one month, it is important that you return the completed Visa Information Form as soon as possible. For more information about Japan's visa requirements, see <>.

If you plan to attend the ICANN meetings, please pre-register at <>.

Hotel rooms are disappearing rapidly, so make your reservations soon! Reservation and hotel information is posted at <>.

  • ICANN Asia/Pacific Activities in July

In connection with the Yokohama meetings, ICANN's Board of Directors and senior staff will be present in the Asia/Pacific region. As such, there is an excellent opportunity for ICANN to build better ties with Asia/Pacific Internet communities. In that spirit, the ICANN senior staff has made a commitment to visit various economies in the region to the extent feasible in July.

Internet communities that are interested in hosting meetings with ICANN staff or Directors should indicate their interest by email to Andrew McLaughlin <> on or before 30th June. ICANN warmly invites all interested individuals in the Asia/Pacific Internet communities to attend its meetings in Yokohama, which are free and open to all!


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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."