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ICANN Newsletter | Week ending 1 August 2014

News from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers

Announcements This Week

Board Extends Term of ICANN President

1 August 2014 | The ICANN Board has extended by two years the contract of President and Chief Executive Officer Fadi Chehadé. It will now run until 30 June 2017.

Join Us for a Webinar on the Name Collision Occurrence Management Framework

1 August 2014 | ICANN will be holding a webinar to provide information regarding the Name Collision Occurrence Management Framework. There will be two sessions to accommodate different time zones.

ICANN Approves Name Collision Occurrence Management Framework | Special IP Address ( Alerts System Administrators of Potential Issue

1 August 2014 | ICANN today announced the approval of the Name Collision Occurrence Management Framework by the ICANN Board New gTLD Program Committee (NGPC). The framework implementation requirements were developed with input from many sources including the ICANN community, a report published by JAS Global Advisors LLC, and advice from the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC).

ICANN Tells U.S. Court That ccTLDs Are Not "Property" | Files Motion to Quash in U.S. Legal Action Aimed at Seizing Top-Level Domains

30 July 2014 | Washington, DC… The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has told a U.S. federal court in the District of Columbia, that a country code Top-Level Domain (ccTLD) cannot be considered "property," and thus cannot be attached by plaintiffs in a lawsuit, who are trying to obtain the assets of countries that they argued have supported terrorism.

ICANN Approves Investment Policy Statement Update for 2014

30 July 2014 | As part of ICANN's responsibility to perform periodic reviews of the ICANN Investment Policy Statement, a revised policy has been approved by ICANN's Board of Directors implementing a number of minor changes.

Registry Services Technical Evaluation Panel (RSTEP) Report on Public Interest Registry's Request to Implement Technical Bundling in .NGO and .ONG

29 July 2014 | To obtain community input on the Registry Services Technical Evaluation Panel (RSTEP) report regarding Public Interest Registry's (PIR) request to implement technical bundling of second level domains for .NGO and .ONG. PIR defines technical bundling as a set of two different gTLDs, with identical second level labels for which certain parameters are shared.

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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."