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ICANN Newsletter | Week ending 18 May 2012

News from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers

Announcements This Week

Approved July 2012 - June 2015 Strategic Plan Posted

18 May 2012 | Based upon the Board Resolutions resulting from the recent Special Meeting of the Board of Directors held in Amsterdam on 6 May 2012, the adopted 2012-2015 Strategic Plan is now posted.

DRAFT - ICANN Language Services Policy and Procedures

18 May 2012 | ICANN Language Services is submitting for public comment the draft Language Services Policy and Procedures.

New L-Root DNS Server Enhances DNS Fault Tolerance and Resistance to DDoS Attacks

18 May 2012 | A new instance of L-Root has been installed in Odessa, Ukraine, increasing the Domain Name System's (DNS) overall fault tolerance and its resilience against certain types of cyber threats, such as Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.

Period of 17-27 May 2012: Public Comment Periods Approaching Closing Date

17 May 2012 | The Following Public Comment periods are approaching their Comment or Reply Period Close dates, May 17-27 2012.

TAS Interruption - Update (17 May 2012)

17 May 2012 | As we announced last week, ICANN is targeting 22 May 2012 as the reopening date for the TLD Application System, or TAS. Specifically, we are targeting 19:00 GMT/UTC on 22 May for the reopening.

Draft Statement of ICANN's Role and Remit in Security, Stability and Resiliency of the Internet's Unique Identifier Systems

17 May 2012 | ICANN is seeking community feedback on a draft statement of ICANN’s Role and Remit in Security, Stability & Resiliency of the Internet’s Unique Identifier Systems.

Call for Expressions of Interest for 2012-2013 Nominating Committee Chair-Elect

16 May 2012 | ICANN is immediately seeking expressions of interest for the 2012-2013 Nominating Committee (NomCom) Chair-Elect.

Open-Source Reference Implementation of a Domain Name RESTful Whois Server - Request for Proposals

16 May 2012 | ICANN is issuing today a Request for Proposal to identify a provider capable of providing an open source reference implementation of a Domain Name RESTful Whois server.

Pre-Prague ICANN Policy Update Webinar Invitation

16 May 2012 | Whether you plan to participate in the upcoming ICANN meeting in Prague remotely or in person, you're invited to an update on the background and current status of each major policy issue currently under discussion in ICANN.

Proposed Revised Process for Handling Requests for Removal of Cross-Ownership Restrictions on Operators of Existing gTLDs

16 May 2012 | ICANN is posting a proposed revision to the process that allows existing registry operators to request removal of cross-ownership restrictions for the gTLDs that they operate.

Revised ICANN Board Conflicts of Interest Policy and Other Governance Documents Adopted

15 May 2012 | As part of ICANN's review of its conflicts of interest and ethics practices, on 6 May 2012 the ICANN Board approved revisions to the Board Conflicts of Interest Policy, the Code of Conduct and Expected Standards of Behavior.

Ratification of Global Policy Proposal for Post Exhaustion IPv4 Allocation Mechanisms by the IANA

15 May 2012 | The ICANN Board has ratified the Global Policy Proposal for Post Exhaustion IPv4 Allocation Mechanisms by the IANA as sent by the Address Supporting Organization (ASO) Council to the ICANN Board on 13 March 2012.

Independent Objector for New gTLD Program Selected

14 May 2012 | ICANN is delighted to announce that Professor Alain Pellet has agreed to serve as the Independent Objector for the New Generic Top-level domain program. The Independent Objector will act solely in the interests of the public who use the global Internet.

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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."