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GDD Industry Summit | 17-19 May 2016

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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.
  • Quality face-to-face time with ICANN staff
  • Network with other Registries and Registrars

GDD Industry Summit

17-19 May 2016


Hotel Okura Amsterdam
Ferdinand Bolstraat 333
1072 LH Amsterdam, The Netherlands
T: +31 20 678 7111

Ready. Set. Engage.

Join ICANN's Global Domains Division and ICANN accredited registrars and gTLD registries in a three-day summit in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

This is not a typical ICANN meeting. It is not intended for discussions of policy, but rather to provide contracted parties an opportunity to meet and address issues of shared importance. It is also an opportunity for direct, one-on-one interaction with members of ICANN's GDD team.



(as of 15 May 2016)

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Remote Participation Available:

Connect to the Adobe Room: Room 1 (Grand Ballroom) | Room 2 (Otter/Esperance)

List of International Dial-In Numbers (Phone/Listen Only)

Listen Only Passcode: 663 269 0639

GDD Summit - Post-event Survey

GDD Summit Survey: Open-ended Responses

Recordings and Presentations

GDD Summit Day 1 (17 May 2016)

Room 1

Universal Acceptance of TLDs

New gTLDs: Getting to the Subsequent Round

GDD Summit Day 2 (18 May 2016)

Room 1

Room 2

GDD Summit Day 3 (19 May 2016)

Room 1

Room 2

Press Conference



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GDD Summit Archive

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."