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ICANN Newsletter | Week ending 1 December 2006

A weekly electronic newsletter from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers

Announcements This Week

São Paulo Remote Participation Website

30 November 2006

Approval of .com Registry Agreement

30 November 2006

ICANN Publishes Report on Implementation of the Whois Data Reminder Policy (WDRP) [PDF, 349 KB]

30 November 2006

ICANN Formalizes Relationship with ccTLD Managers for Czech Republic and Kazakhstan

30 November 2006

President's Strategy Committee Releases Draft Recommendations for Community Consideration and Announces Process for Further Consultations

30 November 2006

ICANN Posts São Paulo Board Meeting Agenda

29 November 2006

ICANN Posts Summary of Comments on Management Operating Principles

29 November 2006

ICANN at ITU Telecom World in Hong Kong, China, 4-8 December 2006

28 November 2006

Review of ICANN Regions

28 November 2006

ICANN in the News

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

Opening Up ICANN (Marketplace)

1 December 2006

Commerce Department Extends .com Pact With VeriSign (Computerworld)

1 December 2006

ICANN Says No to .travel Typo Search (BetaNews)

30 November 2006

ICANN Featured Individual: Alejandro Pisanty, Board Member

Alejandro Pisanty is currently Director of Computing Academic Services at UNAM, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, in Mexico City, Mexico. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of CUDI, Corporación Universitaria para el Desarrollo de Internet, the Mexican Internet 2 Consortium, as well as Chairman of the Board of ISOC Mexico. He has served UNAM as Coordinator of the Distance Education Project (1995 – 1997), Technical Secretary of the Computing Advisory Council (1991-1997) and Head of the Graduate School in Chemistry (1993 – 1995, as well as Professor in the School of Chemistry. From UNAM he also leads the National Network for Videoconference in Education.

Mr. Pisanty received a bachelors degree in Chemistry, and an M.Sc and Ph.D. degrees in Physical Chemistry from UNAM. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Max-Planck-Institut für Festkörperforschung in Stuttgart, Germany (1984 – 1986).

He was selected for the ICANN Board by the Domain Name Supporting Organization and was seated at the 1999 annual meeting. He served until mid-2003, when he was again selected by the DNSO to a second term that expired mid-2004. Alejandro was then elected to a third term by the DNSO, which expires six months following the 2006 annual meeting.

Major Upcoming Events

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

ICANN Bylaws

Our bylaws are very important to us. They capture our mission of security, stability and accessibility, and compel the organization to be open and transparent. Learn more at

Strategic Plan

July 2006 – June 2009

Operating Plan (Draft)

Fiscal Year 2006 – 07

Proposed Budget [PDF, 180 KB]

Fiscal Year 2006 – 2007

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

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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."