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ICANN Newsletter | Week ending 14 September 2007

News from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers

Announcements This Week

Schedule Posted for ICANN's 30th International Public Meeting

14 September 2007 | ICANN released the schedule for its upcoming 30th International Public Meeting slated for 29 October to 2 November in Los Angeles.

ICANN's GNSO Council seeks additional comments on proposed changes to WHOIS

14 September 2007 | Public comments are invited via email until 00:00 UTC (17:00 PDT) on 30 October 2007 on the GNSO Council's WHOIS reports and recommendations.

ICANN Posts Issues Paper for the July 2008 - June 2011 Strategic Plan

11 September 2007 | ICANN posted the Issues Paper summarizing comments received during the initial phase of consultation on the July 2008-June 2011 Strategic Plan.

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New Generic Top-Level Domains Another Step Closer (

11 September 2007 | New generic top-level domains are a step closer with two important developments at ICANN. First, ICANN's Generic Names Supporting Organization Council approved policy recommendations to guide the development of a new gTLD application and approval process. Second, ICANN issued a global call for companies to bid to develop the Request for Proposals for new gTLDs.

ICANN Boss: Government should lead IPv6 push (TechTarget ANZ)

10 September 2007 | Government agencies should make migration to IPv6 a priority, according to Dr. Paul Twomey. "Many departments and agencies I have spoken to suggest that migration is something they will consider in their next three-year planning cycle," he said, before urging them to instead make the move a more immediate priority to lead the IT community into the new standard.

ICANN Featured Individual: Marc Salvatierra, Web Content Developer

Marc Salvatierra joined ICANN as Web Content Developer in September 2006. In his role, he is responsible for making ICANN more transparent through its website and online activities.

He is currently focused on a long-term project to unify the content of ICANN's websites within a shared framework, following the recommendations of the One World Trust report [PDF, 360 KB].

Marc's previous online experience includes web production roles at O'Melveny & Myers LLP, the Auto Club of Southern California, KCAL 9 News,,, Sony Online Entertainment, along with several independent projects.

He holds master's degrees in journalism (USC) and war studies (King's College London), and a bachelor's degree in humanities (LMU).

Upcoming Events

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


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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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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."