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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 at

Contracted Party (CP) Date Legal Notice
Registrars 20JAN21 Notice of Extension of the 2013 RAA Specification on Privacy and Proxy Registrations


Contracted Party (CP) Date Email
Registry Operators 10MAY21 Notice to MoSAPI Users - Upcoming maintenance windows
Registry Operators 28APR21 Net 4 India: ICANN Initiated Expression of Interest to Registrars
Registrars 28APR21 ICANN Seeks Gaining Registrar for Bulk Transfer Attachments: 1
Registry Operators 22APR21 IDN Table Updates: IDN Review Tool
Registrars 21APR21 Iron Mountain Developing Integration to Registration Reporting Interfaces (RRI)
Registry Operators 20APR21 IDN Table Updates: Clarifying and updating review process
Registry Operators 14APR21 Notification of change in IP addresses of SLA monitoring system probe nodes
All Contracted Parties 01APR21 Please Join ICANN for a Contracted Party Roundtable Discussion
Registry Operators 01APR21 Notice to MoSAPI Users - Upcoming maintenance window
Registry Operator 31MAR21 Notification of upcoming change in IP addresses of SLA monitoring system probe nodes
All Contracted Parties 11MAR21 UPCOMING MAINTENANCE - Naming Services portal and RRI
Registry Operators 08MAR21 Notice to MoSAPI Users - Upcoming maintenance window
Registry Operators 05MAR21 Net 4 India Limited; Do Not Delete Domain Request
Registry Operators 03MAR21 Recorded Demo of New Webpages
Registry Operators 02FEB21 Notice to MoSAPI/RRI Users - Upcoming TLS updates
Registry Operators 21JAN21 Notice to MoSAPI/RRI Users - Upcoming maintenance window
Registry Operators 11JAN21 Notice to MoSAPI/RRI Users - Upcoming TLS updates
Registry Operators 04JAN21 Annual Certifications Due to ICANN by 20 January 2021
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."