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ICANN Newsletter | Week ending 27 July 2007

News from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers

Announcements This Week

ICANN Starts Consultation on How to Protect Registrants

27 July 2007 | Increased protection for those registering domain names is ICANN's goal as it launches consultations on its Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) and the accreditation process for companies who register domains.

ICANN in the News

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Internet pioneer Vint Cerf looks to the future (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

24 July 2007 | In a building full of beanbags, lava lamps and tech workers wearing T-shirts, Google's chief Internet evangelist stands out in his three-piece suit.

Film Company Wins From Cybersquatter. Doh! (Intellectual Property Watch)

26 July 2007 | As the "Simpsons Movie" rolls out on silver screens across the United States and Europe, word comes that its maker, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, has won the rights to the domain name "" from a stand-up comedian who failed to strike the international arbitrator's sense of humour.

ICANN Featured Individual: Janice Douma Lange, Project Coordinator

Janice Douma Lange joined ICANN as the Coordinator, Project Office in February 2007. Janice brings over 10 years of coordination experience in design, production, and implementation for domestic and international projects, as well as 10 years of Operations knowledge and management. Most recently Janice worked as a design coordinator with several California based Architectural Design Firms on projects in Hong Kong, China and the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Prior to that, Janice was with Walt Disney Parks in Florida from 1985-1995 and Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) from 1995-2005.

Upcoming Events

22-27 July 2007 - 69th IETF - Chicago, IL, USA

26-27 July 2007 - Asian ICANN Registrar and Registry Gathering - Hong Kong, China

29 August - 7 September 2007 - APNIC 24 - New Delhi, India

29 August - 7 September 2007 - SANOG 10 - New Delhi, India

23 - 28 September 2007 - AfriNIC 7 - Durban, South Africa

17-19 October 2007 - ARIN XX - Albuquerque, NM, USA

22-26 October 2007 - RIPE 55 - Amsterdam, Netherlands

29 October - 2 November 2007: 30th International Public ICANN Meeting - Los Angeles, CA USA


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

Operating Plan (Draft) Fiscal Year 2007 - 2008

Adopted Budget Fiscal Year 2007 - 2008 [PDF, 426 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."