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ICANN Newsletter | Week ending 20 June 2008

News from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers

Announcements This Week

French Minister Besson to Attend Paris Opening Ceremony

20 June 2008 | French Minister of State Eric Besson will attend the opening ceremony of ICANN's 32nd international public meeting in Paris on Monday 23 June.

Call for Expressions of Interest for 2009 Nominating Committee Chair

18 June 2008 | ICANN is immediately seeking expressions of interest for the 2009 Nominating Committee Chair.

New gTLD Program Page Updated with Additional Information and Resources

18 June 2008

Draft Proposed Changes to Registrar Accreditation Agreement

18 June 2008 | This announcement describes fifteen draft amendments to the Registrar Accreditation Agreement for consideration and discussion by the ICANN community.

Proposed Global Policy for Autonomous System Numbers - Final Call for Comments and Background Report

16 June 2008

Improving Institutional Confidence consultation launched

16 June 2008 | The President's Strategy Committee has provided the following three documents to launch a discussion with the community about how to complete the transition of the organization after the conclusion of the Joint Project Agreement.

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No Vacancy: Make Room for New Internet Addresses (The Korea Times)

21 June 2008 | By Paul Twomey: The traditional approaches for obtaining and assigning addresses will soon be no longer available.

21st-century trend: solving conflicts on the Internet (

20 June 2008 | As the world economy changes and more people conduct business over the Internet, disputes increasingly get resolved on the information highway instead of main street at high noon.

OECD Sees Internet as Crucial for Economic Progress (Digital Chosun Ilbo)

18 June 2008 | World experts discussed ways to use the Internet as a driving force for the recovery of the global economy at the OECD Ministerial Meeting on the Future of the Internet Economy which opened in Seoul on Tuesday.

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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."