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Email communications from the Global Domains Division (GDD) to the ICANN organization's contracted parties for the current year can be found below.

Please note: Weekly registrar announcements are not included in the list below. Legal notices listed below are intended to inform contracted parties of specific policies and contractual obligations.

Additional information for contracted parties can be found in the News and Media section of icann.org at https://www.icann.org/news/blog.

Contracted Party (CP) Date Legal Notice
Registrars 04JAN23 Notice of Voting Period – Global Amendment to the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement Registrar with Multiple IANA IDs
Registrars 04JAN23 Notice of Voting Period – Global Amendment to the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement Registrar with Single IANA
Registry Operators 04JAN23 Notice of Voting Period – Global Amendment to the Base New gTLD Registry Agreement RO Multiple TLD
Registry Operators 04JAN23 Notice of Voting Period – Global Amendment to the Base New gTLD Registry Agreement RO Single TLD
Registry Operators - .BRAND 04JAN23 Notice of Voting Period – Global Amendment to the Base New gTLD Registry Agreement and Specification 13 Brand RO Multiple TLD
Registry Operators - .BRAND 04JAN23 Notice of Voting Period – Global Amendment to the Base New gTLD Registry Agreement and Specification 13 Brand RO Single TLD

 

Contracted Party (CP) Date Email
All Contracted Parties 25JAN23 [Action Required] ICANN has updated Banking Information for Payments
All Contracted Parties 12JAN23 Correction: [Action Required] Trademark Clearinghouse Certificate Authority Expiration
All Contracted Parties 11JAN23 29 Day Notice [Action Required] Trademark Clearinghouse Certificate Authority Expiration
Registry Operators 11JAN23 Notice to MoSAPI Users - Upcoming maintenance window
Registry Operators 10JAN23 IDN Table Updates: Process Bulk Updates from RSP
Registrars 09JAN23 Risks derived from the use of sacrificial name servers
Registry Operators 09JAN23 Risks derived from the use of sacrificial name servers
Registry Operators 03JAN23 Annual Certifications Due to the ICANN org by 20 January 2023
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""icann.org"" is not an IDN."