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ICANN Newsletter | Week ending 3 May 2013

News from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers

Announcements This Week

Location Recommendations Now Being Accepted for ICANN's 2015 Meetings in Africa, Latin America/Caribbean Islands, Europe

3 May 2013 | ICANN is actively seeking locations for its three public meetings to be held 8-12 February 2015 in Africa, 21-25 June 2015 in Latin America/Caribbean Islands, and 18-22 October 2015 in Europe.

ICANN Engagement Center to Open in Latin America [PDF, 64 KB]

3 May 2013 | Los Angeles, California… The President and Chief Executive Officer of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced the opening of an engagement center in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Proposed Modification of GNSO Operating Procedures Concerning the Deadline for the Submission of Reports and Motions

2 May 2013 | The Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council is proposing a modification of the GNSO Operating Procedures to make the deadline for the submission of reports and motions more precise and uniform.

Fellowship Application Round Opens for ICANN 48 in Buenos Aires, Argentina

1 May 2013 | The Fellowship Program has demonstrated success in its mission to build capacity in the ICANN multi-stakeholder environment through focused interactive engagement between newcomers to ICANN and community members at each of the ICANN meetings.

Webinar: Proposed Final 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement Overview

30 April 2013 | Join ICANN Staff and members of the Registrar Negotiating Team for an update on the Proposed Final 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement that was posted for public comment on 22 April 2013.

Post-Delegation Dispute Resolution Procedures for New gTLDs: ICANN Seeks Service Providers for Registry Restriction DRP and Trademark PDDRP

30 April 2013 | ICANN is issuing today two Requests for Proposals (RFPs) to identify potential providers of Registry Restrictions Dispute Resolution Procedure (RRDRP) services and Trademark Post-Delegation Dispute Resolution Procedure (Trademark PDDRP) services.

ICANN Nominating Committee Extends Deadline for Statements of Interest to 15 May 2013

30 April 2013 | In order to provide additional time for candidates to apply, ICANN's 2013 Nominating Committee (NomCom) has extended the deadline for Statements of Interest until 15 May 2013 at 23:59 UTC.

Proposed Final New gTLD Registry Agreement

29 April 2013 | ICANN is seeking public comment on a revised draft of the New gTLD Registry Agreement that will serve as the contractual document between successful New gTLD Applicants and ICANN, and will govern the rights and obligations of new gTLD registry operators.

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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."