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

DATE EMAIL COMMUNICATION
25FEB19 Come meet us in Kobe! [PDF, 222 KB]
25FEB19 ICANN64 Recommended Sessions for Registrars [PDF, 122 KB]
21FEB19 2019 Contracted Parties Satisfaction Survey begins 26 February [PDF, 211 KB]
15FEB19 Urgent Attention: Reports of Malicious Activity Targeting the DNS [PDF, 224 KB]
14FEB19 2019 GDD Industry Summit Agenda Published [PDF, 237 KB]
11FEB19 Contracted Parties Briefing for ICANN64 [PDF, 278 KB]
04FEB19 Naming Services portal - Maintenance Notification [PDF, 193 KB]
29JAN19 Notice to RRI Users - Upcoming RRI Maintenance [PDF, 205 KB]
17JAN19 2019 GDD Industry Summit Invitation [PDF, 113 KB]
10JAN19 Meet with ICANN at NamesCon Global 2019 [PDF, 199 KB]
08JAN19 New Year Reminder for Registrars [PDF, 229 KB]

* This page will be updated bi-weekly.

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""icann.org"" is not an IDN."