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GDD Industry Summit | 14-17 May 2018

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GDD Industry Summit

Join the ICANN organization's Global Domains Division, ICANN accredited registrars and gTLD registries in a three-day summit to be held 14-17 May 2018, in Richmond, British Columbia (Vancouver metro area), Canada.

The GDD Industry Summit provides contracted parties an opportunity to engage and address issues of mutual interest and importance. This forum enables direct and one-on-one interaction with members of the ICANN org's GDD team. It is not a typical ICANN meeting nor is it solely intended for discussions of policy.

Fun Facts: GDD Industry Summit 2018


GDD Team 1-on-1 Pre-scheduled Meetings: Monday, 14 May 2018 (afternoon)
Meet and Greet Welcome Reception: Monday, 14 May 2018 (evening)
Sessions: Tuesday, 15 May – Thursday, 17 May 2018
GDD Team 1-on-1 Pre-scheduled Meetings: Thursday, 17 May 2018 (afternoon)
Registrations Operations Workshop (ROW) meeting will be held on Thursday, 17 May 2018 (afternoon)

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Venue Hotel


Richmond Conference Centre in Metro Vancouver, Canada


Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel
Hotel Direct: 1-800-663-0299

Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel
Hotel Direct: 1-604-233-3991

Hilton Vancouver Airport
Hotel Direct: 1-604-233-3990

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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."