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2018 Events

Global Domains Division Industry Summit in Vancouver, Canada – 14 - 17 May 2018

In May, the Contractual Compliance team participated in the Global Domains Division (GDD) Industry Summit in Vancouver. The team held two sessions; one focused on registrar [PDF, 9.30 MB] related topics and the other on registry [PDF, 3.52 MB]. For more information about the summit, please refer to the GDD Industry Summit page at this link https://www.icann.org/gddsummit

China Outreach – 26 April 2018

Contractual Compliance completed a China outreach visit in partnership with the Global Domains Division team in Guangzhou, China. The outreach was targeted at China registries and registrars and approximately 20 representatives attended. Remote participation was available for registries and registrars who are unable to attend in person. It was an opportunity for the contracted parties to collaborate with ICANN on the compliance process and responses to notices. Registry and Registrar topics discussed include Annual Code of Conduct, Whois Inaccuracy, Transfer Policy, Registrar Information Specification and Web-posting Obligations, and communicating with ICANN Contractual Compliance. The session was conducted in Chinese. The registries and registrars were appreciative of this outreach and of the ability to interact in their local language.

ICANN's 61st International Meeting in San Juan, 12 - 15 March 2018

The Contractual Compliance team attended the ICANN61 Community Forum in San Juan, Puerto Rico from 12 - 15 March 2018.

On Wednesday, the team provided a Contractual Compliance Program Update [PDF, 14 MB] to the community with a focus on the latest work to enhance transparency in reporting. The team walked through the enhanced Monthly Dashboard, explaining the new details on the subject matter of complaints, and continued with the new quarterly and annual reports. In addition, the team addressed questions from the attendees. The team held a Registrar Outreach [PDF, 27 MB] session to provide an update on compliance related matters and addressed a list of questions and issues that were brought forward by the Registrar Stakeholder Group compliance sub-group team. The Registry Outreach [PDF, 10 MB] session did not take place due to a schedule conflict.

As in every ICANN meeting, the team attends the Generic Name Supporting Organization(GNSO) sessions, the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) sessions, the board meetings with stakeholders, and the different working group and review team sessions. The team also held meetings throughout the week with different ICANN community members, including contracted parties based on request.

The information is also available at the San Juan ICANN meeting schedule.

Germany Outreach - 21 February 2018

Contractual Compliance completed an outreach visit in Munich, Germany, in partnership with the Global Domains Division and Global Stakeholder Engagement teams. The event, called "Get Engaged with ICANN- Seminar for Registrars," was organized in conjunction with Domain Pulse 2018. Fourteen ICANN accredited registrars were onsite and six participated remotely. It was an opportunity for the registrars to collaborate with ICANN on the compliance process, responses to notices, and ask questions. Topics presented include Registrar Data Escrow, WHOIS Accuracy Program Specification (WAPS), Transfer Policy, ICANN Registrar Audit Program, Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy and annual certification. The registrars provided positive feedback overall. Per survey results, 80% of the participants were most satisfied with the compliance session and requested for more sessions dedicated to compliance and operational topics in the future.

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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."