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ICANN Newsletter | Week ending 5 June 2015

News from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers

Announcements This Week

Request for Proposal for Reference LGRs for the Second Level

5 June 2015 | The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") is seeking provider(s) to develop Label Generation Rules (LGRs) for multiple languages (and scripts) for use at the second level, based on a new machine readable formal representation available at

Root Stability Study RFP

5 June 2015 | The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") is seeking one or more providers to conduct a technical study examining the impact of the New gTLD Program (the Program) on the DNS root system.

Advisory Concerning Registrar Obligations to Provide Data to ICANN Pursuant to Section 3.4.3 of the 2013 RAA

5 June 2015 | Section 3.4.3 of the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement (the "2013 RAA") requires registrars to provide certain data, information, and records to ICANN upon request and incorporates a procedure by which ICANN and registrars can agree to limitations, protections, or alternative solutions in the event a registrar believes that the provision of such data to ICANN would violate applicable law or legal proceedings.

Call for Expressions of Interest for 2016 Nominating Committee Chair and Chair-Elect

4 June 2015 | ICANN is seeking expressions of interest for leadership roles in the 2016 Nominating Committee (NomCom) - that of the 2016 NomCom Chair and Chair-Elect.

ICANN Grants Data Retention Waiver to COREHUB S.R.L.

4 June 2015 | COREHUB S.R.L. ("Registrar") submitted to ICANN a Registrar Data Retention Waiver Request ("Waiver Request") on the basis of Registrar's contention that compliance with the data collection and/or retention requirements of the Data Retention Specification in the 2013 RAA violates applicable law in Spain.

ICANN Announces New Members Of The Public Interest Commitment Dispute Resolution Procedure (PICDRP) Standing Panel

3 June 2015 | The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has selected and entered into contracts with four new members of the Public Interest Commitments Dispute Resolution Procedure (PICDRP) Standing Panel.

WEBINAR: Briefing on Final CWG-Stewardship Proposal

3 June 2015 | Following Public Comment periods in December 2014 and April/May 2015, the Cross Community Working Group to Develop an IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal for Naming Related Functions (CWG-Stewardship) is working to finalize its proposal and aims to deliver it to SO/AC chartering organizations by 11 June.

Draft Report: Review of the Generic Names Supporting Organization

1 June 2015 | The purpose of this Public Comment posting is to request community feedback on the Draft Report issued by Westlake Governance Limited (Westlake) on the Review of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO).

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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."