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Compliance Outreach Activities | 2017

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2017 Events

Global Domains Division Summit in Madrid, Spain – 9-11 May 2017 and ICANN Identifier Technology Health Indicator Workshop 12 May 2017

In May, the Contractual Compliance team participated in the Global Domains Division (GDD) Summit in Madrid. The team held a round-table discussion as requested by the contracted parties. In addition, several 1-1 sessions were conducted with contracted parties to address specific compliance topics related to them. For more information about the summit, please refer to the GDD Industry Summit page at this link

On Friday 12th May, Contractual Compliance joined the Identifier Technology Health Indicator workshop to present compliance information related to Whois Inaccuracy [PDF, 833 KB] processing and reviews and to support the ITHI initiative. This initiative is run by the ICANN Office of the CTO (OCTO) to develop metrics to quantify and measure the state of the unique Internet identifiers that ICANN helps coordinate. Please refer to this link for more information about the initiative.

ICANN's 58th International Meeting in Copenhagen, 11 – 16 March 2017

The Contractual Compliance team attended ICANN's 58th International Meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, 11 – 16 March 2017.

On Sunday, the team held two closed sessions; one focused on the Registrars [PDF, 1.04 MB] and the other one on the Registry Operators [PDF, 1.16 MB]. The sessions gave the contracted parties and ICANN the opportunity to ask questions and collaborate on compliance related matters. On Monday, the team provided a Contractual Compliance Program Update [PDF, 5.16 MB] to the community with a focus on addressing the questions and discussions from the attendees.

In addition, the team participated in the following sessions: the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) and Regional Leadership Working Group [PDF, 728 KB], the Government Advisory Committee (GAC) Public Safety Working Group [PDF, 3.33 MB], the Registry Stakeholder Group, the Registrar Stakeholder Group, provided a Briefing to the GAC [PDF, 532 KB] and attended the Generic Name Supporting Organization (GNSO) sessions, the GAC sessions, the board meetings with the stakeholders and the different working group and review team sessions. The team also held meetings throughout the week with different ICANN members and contracted parties based on their request.

The information is also available at the Copenhagen ICANN meeting schedule.

Domain Name System
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."