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Strategy Panel on Identifier Technology Innovation

Strategy Panel on Identifier Technology Innovation

Chair: Paul V. Mockapetris


Key Deliverables

  • Engage with the ICANN community and public on technology matters;
  • Develop a technology roadmap for DNS and other identifiers; and
  • Provide a technology roadmap for ICANN technical and security operations, including best practice recommendations and reference systems.


Strategy Panel on Identifier Technology Innovation – Final Report

Identifier Technology Innovation – Draft Report:

Meeting Dates, Agendas and Minutes

ICANN Strategy Panels & the Planning Process (24 March 2014, Singapore)

WEBINAR: ICANN Strategy Panels – Draft Reports (11 March 2014)

WEBINAR: ICANN Strategy Panel on Identifier Technology Innovation (22 and 23 January 2014)

ICANN Strategy Panels – An Introduction (18 November 2013)

Status Updates, Reference Material

Monthly Report (October-November 2013) [PDF, 193 KB]

Monthly Report (December 2013-January 2014) [PDF, 40 KB]

Identifier Technology Innovation (31 January 2014)

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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."