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ICANN Newsletter | Week ending 16 March 2007

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

Announcements This Week

Termination of Registrar Accreditation Agreement

16 March 2007 | ICANN on Friday issued a formal notice of termination of's Registration Accreditation Agreement (RAA) ...

Final Task Force Report On Whois Services

16 March 2007 | The Whois Task Force has submitted its Final Task Force Report on Whois Services to the GNSO Council ...

ICANN Public Participation Site Launched

15 March 2007 | ICANN on Thursday launched a public participation website for its upcoming meeting in Lisbon on 26-30 March 2007 ...

President's Strategy Committee Next Meeting: 19 March 2007, 1 p.m. UTC

14 March 2007 | The President's Strategy Committee will hold its public session on Monday 19 March 2007 between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. (UTC) ...

Recent Submissions by Proposed ICM Registry in Support of Sponsorship Criteria Adopted by the Board

13 March 2007

ICANN in the News

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ICANN Terminates RegisterFly With Extreme Prejudice (The Register)

17 March 2007 | ICANN yesterday gave notice to terminate's right to handle domain transfers ...

How Secure Is Your Domain? (BusinessWeek)

16 March 2007 | Problems at shed light on loose oversight of Net addresses ...

ICANN: Anycast And Communication Foiled February's Root Server Attack (InformationWeek)

16 March 2007 | ICANN's evaluation analyzes what happened during the attack on the root servers, which ones were hit the hardest, and what kept them running ...

ICANN Featured Individual: Tina Dam, IDN Program Director

Tina joined ICANN in 2003 as Chief gTLD Registry Liaison, where she was responsible for developing ICANN's gTLD Registry functions including defining and managing processes in accordance with consensus policies and ICANN agreements for servicing the gTLD registries.

In January 2006 Tina was appointed Director for ICANN's IDN Program. In this capacity she develops and manages all IDN related projects at ICANN focused at the deployment of internationalized top level domains.

Prior to ICANN she worked with several companies in the DNS community, including ICANN-accredited registrar Ascio Technologies (formerly known as SpeedNames) where she oversaw the launches of the .biz, .info, and .name top-level domains, and managed the development of all related internal and external products and product marketing materials. Prior to Ascio, Tina was Systems Architecture Engineer at Navision Software a/s, establishing the architecture design of the company's next generation of products.

Tina holds a Master of Science in Mathematics and Physics from the Aalborg University in Denmark and a BBA in Marketing Management and International Trade from Copenhagen Business School.

Upcoming Events

18 – 23 March 2007 — 68th IETF, Prague, Czech Republic

26 – 30 March 2007 — ICANN Meeting, Lisbon, Portugal


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 2007 – June 2010 [PDF, 72 KB]

Operating Plan (Draft) Fiscal Year 2006 – 2007

Proposed Budget Fiscal Year 2006 – 2007 [PDF, 180 KB]

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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."