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GDD Industry Summit | September 9-11, 2015

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Top reasons to attend

  • Learn from real world experience of other registries and registrars.
  • Find solutions to issues relevant to your company.
  • Stay ahead of emerging and ongoing operational challenges.
  • Invaluable face-to-face time with ICANN staff
  • Network with other Registries and Registrars
  • Customize your learning – come prepared to learn and teach in a workgroup setting
  • Santa Monica! This seaside community is a great destination for business and leisure visitors.

Schedule meetings

  • Provide answers to contracted parties regarding various process flows.
  • Discuss operational issues or challenges and work to find solutions.
  • Schedule an appointment with GDD subject matter experts.

GDD Summit - After Event Survey [PDF, 1.06 MB]

GDD Industry Summit

September 9-11, 2015

Le Meridian Delfina

530 Pico Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90405

Ready. Set. Engage.

Join ICANN's Global Domains Division, and ICANN accredited Registries and Registrars in a three day summit where the city meets the sea: Santa Monica, CA!

We are not gathered to discuss policy, but rather to answer questions and obtain insight into the specific operational needs and challenges of our contracted parties. This 3-day conference allows time for one on one scheduling with various departments within ICANN operations.



View Final Agenda [PDF, 283 KB]

Remote participation is available in English.

GDD Summit Day 1 (9 September 2015)

GDD Summit Day 2 (10 September 2015)

GDD Summit Day 3 (11 September 2015)

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."