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ICANN Newsletter | Week ending 26 June 2015

News from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers

Announcements This Week

FY16 Operating Plan and Budget Adopted by ICANN Board at ICANN 53 in Buenos Aires

25 June 2015 | ICANN is pleased to announce the adoption of the FY16 Operating Plan and Budget by the Board at ICANN 53 in Buenos Aires.

2015 Multistakeholder Ethos Award Goes to Two Members of the Global Internet Community

25 June 2015 | Buenos Aires, Argentina… ICANN is pleased to announce the winners of this year's 2015 Multistakeholder Ethos award: Africa Internet pioneer Nii Quaynor and community leader Cheryl Langdon Orr.

ICANN53 Buenos Aires GAC Communiqué

24 June 2015 | The Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) meeting at ICANN53 has issued its Buenos Aires Communiqué.

ICANN Quarterly Stakeholder Report - Register for the FY15 Q4 Call on 20 August 2015

24 June 2015 | ICANN has announced its FY15 Q4 Stakeholder Call, which will take place on 20 August at 14:00 UTC.

ICANN and Senatics to Increase Coordination and Collaboration on the Domain Name Space In Paraguay and Regionally

23 June 2015 | Buenos Aires, Argentina… Paraguay has taken an important step to bolster its role in developing the emerging industry surrounding the Internet's addressing system, known as the Domain Name System (DNS).

ICANN, JPNIC and JPRS Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Promote Collaboration on Translation

22 June 2015 | Buenos Aires, Argentina… ICANN signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Japan Network Information Center (JPNIC) and Japan Registry Services Co., Ltd. (JPRS) today to forge an alliance fostering greater collaboration on translation.

Indian Government Declares Support for Multistakeholder Model of Internet Governance at ICANN53

22 June 2015 | Buenos Aires, Argentina… Indian Minister of Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad announced today India's support for the multistakeholder model of Internet governance, during the opening ceremony of ICANN's 53rd public meeting in Buenos Aires.

Release of Country and Territory Names within the .GLOBAL, .BNPPARIBAS, .BRIDGESTONE and .FIRESTONE TLDs

21 June 2015 | Three (3) Registry Services Evaluation Policy (RSEP) requests were submitted by the registry operators listed below to allow the release of country and territory names for the below TLDs. In total, the requests concern 4 New gTLDs.

Statement from the CCWG-Accountability after Face-to-Face Meeting in Buenos Aires

20 June 2015 | Members and participants of the Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability) Meet in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 19 June 2015.

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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."