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ICANN Newsletter | Week ending 23 March 2007

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

Announcements This Week

Updated Contractual Compliance Program

24 March 2007 | ICANN's updated Contractual Compliance program, which includes ICANN's Contractual Compliance philosophy, vision and operating plan, has been published ...

ICANN Releases Beta-3 Version of TLD Verification Code

22 March 2007 | ICANN has issued a new version of code intended to assist software developers and application providers whose work assists others in using the DNS ...

Draft ICANN Operating Plan For Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Now Available For Review

22 March 2007 | ICANN has posted the draft version of its fiscal year 2007-2008 Operating Plan for review ...

Registrar Accreditation Policy and Process Must be Reviewed

21 March 2007 | President and CEO of ICANN, Dr Paul Twomey today called for major review of ICANN's Registrar Accreditation Agreements (RAA) and the Accreditation process ...

ICANN in the News

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Vote on '.xxx' Internet Address Nears (San Francisco Chronicle)

23 March 2007 | Online pornographers and religious groups are in a rare alliance as a key Internet oversight agency nears a decision on creating a virtual red-light district through a ".xxx" Internet address ...

ICANN Weighs Anonymizing Domain-Name Registrations (Fox News)

21 March 2007 | Many owners of Internet addresses face this quandary: Provide your real contact information when you register a domain name — and subject yourself to junk or harassment. Or enter fake data — and risk losing it outright ...

ICANN Featured Individual: Pablo Hinojosa, ICANN Global Partnership - Latin American Liaison

Previous to joining ICANN, Pablo was Director for Multilateral Affairs in the Mexican Federal Telecommunications Commission (COFETEL). As a government official, he was the Representative from Mexico at ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), where he held the positions of Vice- Chair and Convener of the Working Group on ccTLDs. He has attended numerous ICANN meetings since 2001.

Pablo was part of the Mexican delegation attending WSIS and also Advisor to the Chair of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Telecommunications and Information Working Group (APEC-TEL). He has also experience in other fora such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Latino-American Telecom Regulators Forum (Regulatel), the World Trade Organization (WTO), and Inter-American Telecommunications Commission (CITEL).

Pablo has a bachelor degree in Political Science and International Relations and a masters degree in IT Management.

Upcoming Events

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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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."