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ICANN Newsletter | Week ending 27 October 2006

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Announcements This Week

Revised .BIZ, .INFO AND .ORG Registry Agreements Posted for Public Comment

24 October 2006

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ICANN in the News

Listed below are key media mentions involving ICANN over the course of the last week.

U.N. Summit Revives Concerns About Net Control (ZDNet)

27 October 2006

Internet Domain Dispute Will Last Years, Official Warns Ahead of World Summit (International Herald Tribune)

26 October 2006

Why It Matters To Master Your Domain (Guardian Unlimited)

26 October 2006

Is ICANN Producing Jewels? (CircleID)

24 October 2006

Judge Lets ICANN Off The Hook (Techworld)

23 October 2006

ICANN Featured Individual: Daniel Dardailler, Board Member - TLG Liaison

Daniel Dardailler is W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) Associate Chair for Europe, manager of the W3C/ERCIM European and African operations and chair of the official standard liaison task force of the consortium.

Daniel joined the W3C/INRIA team in Sophia-Antipolis, France, in July 1996. In 1997, he launched the Web Accessibility Initiative and was the technical director of the activity until 2003. In this role, he participated in the design of some important standards like HTML, CSS, and WAI Guidelines.

As the proposer and manager of several large European Commission IST funded projects supporting the activities of W3C in Europe, Daniel has over the past few years led W3C liaison activities in the area of European and international normalisation, ICANN W3C liaison, UN/WSIS participation, and ISO/ITU liaison matters.

Prior to joining W3C, from 1990 to 1996 Daniel worked in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, as a software designer and programmer for the X Window System Consortium and the OSF/TheOpenGroup. From 1986 to 1990, he was a Unix/Graphics engineer at the Bull Research Center in France.

Daniel holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science in Digital Typography and Networking from the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (1989).

Daniel Dardailler was appointed liaison to the ICANN Board by the W3C on behalf of the Technology Liaison Group to serve during the year 2006. Board liaison terms end (subject to possible re-appointment) after the conclusion of the ICANN annual meeting each year.


During the past week, ICANN staff have provided input to the internet community at events such as:

  • Internetdagarna, a yearly event in Stockholm, Sweden, with many internet-related sessions. ICANN staff provided presentations on the ICANN International Domain Names Program and progress toward introduction of internationalized top level labels, as well as Internet Governance and ICANN's role.
  • ccTLD workshop [PDF] with ISOC in Sofia, Bulgaria, organized to increase involvement among registry operators and to share best practices with them. ICANN staff delivered a presentation on how to organise an external relations service within a registry.
  • Meeting in Tokyo of the Japan Internet Provider's Association, which includes all of the ICANN accredited registrars in Japan.
  • The "Domain Name Dispute Resolution in the Asia Pacific Region" conference in Hong Kong, sponsored by the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre (ADNDRC) and the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. ICANN staff delivered a presentation on "ICANN's Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy: Maturing with the Global Internet."

Major Upcoming Events

31 October 2006: IGF Meeting in Athens, Greece, "Towards A Multilingual Global Internet: Avoiding the Risk of Fragmentation." Organized by the Egyptian Government, UNESCO, and ICANN.

5-10 November 2006: IETF Meeting, San Diego

13-14 November 2006: APTLD Meeting, Bangkok, Thailand

14-15 November 2006: RIPE Regional Meeting, Manama, Bahrain

27 November - 1 December 2006: AFRINIC Meeting, Mauritius

2 – 8 December 2006: ICANN Meeting, São Paulo, Brazil

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Strategic Plan

July 2006 2— June 2009

Operating Plan (Draft)

Fiscal Year 2006 2— 07

Proposed Budget

Fiscal Year 2006 2— 2007

2— 8 December 2006 — ICANN Meeting, São Paulo, Brazil

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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."