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ICANN Newsletter | Week ending 23 May 2014

News from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers

Announcements This Week

Notice of Preliminary Determination To Grant Registrar Data Retention Waiver Requests

22 May 2014 | ICANN has made a preliminary determination that it is prepared to grant three (3) data retention waiver requests submitted by registrars 1API GmbH, ingenit GmbH & Co. KG and RegistryGate GmbH (the "Registrars") under the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement (the "2013 RAA").

WHOIS Requirements and National Law Conflicts

22 May 2014 | As contemplated in the Whois National Law Conflict Procedure (Whois Procedure), this paper opens a review process to solicit community feedback on the effectiveness of the procedure. The community is encouraged to offer comments or suggest possible changes to the procedure, which will be compiled and analyzed to determine a proposed path forward.

ICANN Information and Exchange Session: The Evolution of ICANN and Internet Governance Ecosystems – Wednesday 11 June, 1700-1900 @TheFactory

22 May 2014 | In this open meeting, Fadi Chehade, President and CEO, and Jean-Jacques Sahel, Vice-President for Europe at ICANN will discuss the evolutionary milestones taking place in the ICANN and wider Internet Governance ecosystem.

Remaining IPv4 Addresses to be Redistributed to Regional Internet Registries | Address Redistribution Signals that IPv4 is Nearing Total Exhaustion

20 May 2014 | ICANN announced today that it has begun the process of allocating the remaining blocks of Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) addresses to the five Regional Internet Registries (RIR).

Global Panel Announces New Approach to Managing Future of the Internet | Final Report Addresses Growing Interests in Internet Governance

20 May 2014 | The Panel on Global Internet Cooperation and Governance Mechanisms—a global Panel of prominent stakeholders from diverse organizations and governments—today released key recommendations on how to evolve the Internet governance (IG) ecosystem to accommodate global needs for collaboration, interconnectivity and Internet growth.

Proposed Implementation of GNSO PDP Recommendations on Locking of a Domain Name Subject to UDRP Proceedings – Revised UDRP Rules

19 May 2014 | Obtain community input on the proposed implementation of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Policy Development Process (PDP) recommendations on the Locking of a Domain Name subject to Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) Proceedings Implementation.

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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."