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Registrar Communications

Email communications from the Global Domains Division (GDD) to the ICANN organization's accredited registrars for the current year can be found below.*

27SEP18 Contracted Parties Briefing ICANN63 [PDF, 286 KB]
21SEP18 ICANN seeks gaining registrar for bulk transfer [PDF, 230 KB]
21SEP18 ICANN seeks gaining registrar for bulk transfer (attachment) [PDF, 215 KB]
20SEP18 New and updated Registrar Resources [PDF, 249 KB]
19SEP18 Notice to TMDB Users - Upcoming TMDB Maintenance [PDF, 225 KB]
18SEP18 2019 GDD Industry Summit: Save the Date [PDF, 233 KB]
06SEP18 The Sunrise and Trademark Claims survey [PDF, 230 KB]
05SEP18 ICANN Registrar Fee Approval Request FY19 [PDF, 227 KB]
23AUG18 Notice of Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data - Reaffirmed by ICANN Board [PDF, 213 KB]
02AUG18 Trademark Database System Maintenance [PDF, 206 KB]
05JUL18 RRA Amendment: Registry-Registrar Agreement Template Language Now Available & Reminder about BRDA [PDF 459 KB]
26JUN18 Reminder-Action Required: ICANN Implements Paperless Invoicing [PDF, 488 KB]
04JUN18 Contracted Parties Briefing ICANN62 [PDF, 73 KB]
31MAY18 Webinar: Naming Services portal for Registrars Roadmap [PDF, 29 KB]
30MAY18 ICANN Introduces Paperless Invoicing Effective 31 July 2018 [PDF, 30 KB]
25MAY18 Privacy Policy & Terms of Service Notice [PDF, 37 KB]
25MAY18 ICANN Temporary Specification Now In Effect & Webinar Announcement [PDF, 33 KB]
24MAY18 Reminder GDD Summit Survey - Let us know your thoughts! [PDF, 403 KB]
18MAY18 Advance Notification Regarding Privacy Policy and Terms of Service Updates [PDF, 24 KB]
18MAY18 Legal Notice of New Temporary Specification - gTLD Registration Data [PDF, 27 KB]
17MAY18 2018 GDD Industry Summit Survey [PDF, 337 KB]
16MAY18 ICANN Designates DENIC eG for Additional Registrar Data Escrow Services [PDF, 39 KB]
11MAY18 Proposed Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data [PDF, 36 KB]
08MAY18 Naming Services portal Amended Terms of Use [PDF, 24 KB]
07MAY18 GDD Industry Summit 1:1 Meetings [PDF, 42 KB]
02MAY18 Finance Department Intent to Annually Publish Tax Residency Certificate [PDF, 341 KB]
25APR18 REMINDER: 26 April 2018 ICANN Registrar Naming Services portal demonstration and live Q & A [PDF, 49 KB]
19APR18 GDD Industry Summit: News and Updates as of 19 April [PDF, 46 KB]
17APR 18 Update RADAR/RRS Security Vulnerability [PDF, 26 KB]
12APR18 ICANN Registrar Naming Services portal demonstration and live Q & A [PDF, 32 KB]
03APR18 RADAR/RRS Security Vulnerability [PDF, 160 KB]
26MAR18 [Correction] ICANN Registrar Naming Services Portal Welcome: Instructions Included [PDF, 46 KB]
26MAR18 ICANN Registrar Naming Services portal Welcome: Instructions Included (New users) [PDF, 60 KB]
26MAR18 ICANN Registrar Naming Services portal Welcome: Instructions Included (current NSp users) [PDF, 60 KB]
08MAR18 ICANN Registrar Naming Services portal demonstration link and launch dates [PDF, 50 KB]
07MAR18 2018 GDD Industry Summit Agenda [PDF, 345 KB]
06MAR18 Please Participate: Contracted Parties Satisfaction Survey [PDF, 447 KB]
28FEB18 Please Review: New Blog regarding Data Protection/Privacy & GDPR [PDF, 440 KB]
26FEB18 Come Meet Us in San Juan [PDF, 448 KB]
15FEB18 Contracted Parties Briefing [PDF, 464 KB]
31JAN18 Model Selection Delay Blog & Webinar Announcement Published/Webpage Updated [PDF, 662 KB]

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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."