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ICANN Newsletter | Week ending 8 June 2007

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

Announcements This Week

ICANN Opens Comment Period on NeuStar Amendment to Implement Approved Registry Service

8 June 2007 | ICANN is opening a comment period on the proposed amendment [PDF, 25 KB] to implement the new registry service proposed by NeuStar to offer Bulk Transfer After Partial Portfolio Acquisition (BTAPPA) to consenting registrars in the circumstance where one ICANN-accredited registrar purchases, by means of a stock or asset purchase, merger or similar transaction, a portion but not all, of another ICANN-accredited registrar's domain name portfolio in the .BIZ top-level domain.

ICANN Response to One World Trust Review of ICANN's Accountability and Transparency — Structures and Practices and Update on Management Operating Principles Development Consultation

7 June 2007 | ICANN commissioned the One World Trust (OWT) organisation ( to review ICANN's transparency and accountability as one of a number of initiatives aimed at further improvements in this area. ... The attached document outlines ICANN's response to each of the recommendations in the OWT report.

Extension of Comment Period on Telnic Proposal

7 June 2007 | On 11 May 2007, ICANN opened a public comment period on a proposal from Telnic Ltd. to amend the terms in the .TEL Registry Agreement concerning the public display of Whois information, In accordance with requests, ICANN is extending the public comment period through 28 June 2007.

ICANN Formalizes Relationship with ccTLD Manager for .sv (El Salvador)

6 June 2007 | ICANN has announced an accountability framework with the country code top level domain (ccTLD) manager for .sv, delegated to SVNet in 1994, a not-for-profit organization based in El Salvador.

ICANN Launches Media Registration for San Juan Meeting

4 June 2007 | ICANN has launched a new media registration service for journalists planning on covering the 29th International Public Meeting being held in San Juan, Puerto Rico 25-29 June, 2007.

ICANN in the News

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Time for Multilingual Net Domains (BBC News)

7 June 2007 | Imagine if each time a British internet user entered an e-mail or website address, they would be required to include a Chinese or Cyrillic character. For millions of non-English speakers around the world, this is precisely what they experience when they use the internet as the domain name system is unable to fully accommodate their local language.

A Domain Name Game of Growth (

6 June 2007 | More than a dozen years after companies and individuals first began to snap up Internet domains, demand continues to be strong.

ICANN Featured Individual: Steve Antonoff, Director of Human Resources

Steve Antonoff joined ICANN as Director of Human Resources in March 2007. In this capacity Steve is responsible for the global human capital activities of the organization with a particular emphasis on performance management, sourcing qualified individuals to join the ICANN team, and developing efficiencies in process and procedure.

Steve's previous experience includes senior level Human Resources positions with such diverse organizations as Hyundai Motor America, LA Gear, QANTAS Airways, and Mercury Air Group. He holds a B.S. in Political Science from Hofstra University (Hempstead, New York), an MBA in Accounting from New York University, and attended law school at Seton Hall University Law School (Newark, New Jersey).

Upcoming Events

25 - 29 June 2007 -- ICANN Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico


ICANN Bylaws

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Strategic Plan, July 2007 - June 2010

Operating Plan (Draft) Fiscal Year 2007 - 2008

Adopted Budget Fiscal Year 2006 - 2007 [PDF, 172 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."