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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.*

Legal notices listed below are intended to inform registry operators of specific policies and contractual obligations.

18JUN19 Notice of Extension of the 2013 RAA Specification on Privacy and Proxy Registrations [PDF, 197 KB]
17MAY19 Legal Notice of Registration Data Policy Implementation [PDF, 212 KB]
27FEB19 Legal Notice re: implementation of an RDAP service [PDF, 197 KB]
12FEB19 Notice of Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data - Reaffirmed by ICANN Board [PDF, 204 KB]


08AUG19 Monthly Report of the CSC on PTI Performance - June 2019 [PDF, 215 KB]
06AUG19 ICANN Registrar Naming Services Portal Version 2.0 6Aug19 [PDF, 228 KB]
24JUL19 Important Reminder Notice: Implementation of RDAP Service [PDF, 272 KB]
19JUN19 CSC Findings on PTI Performance May 2019 [PDF, 224 KB]
04JUN19 Contracted Parties Briefing: ICANN65 [PDF, 162 KB]
30MAY19 Monthly Report of the CSC on PTI Performance - April 2019 [PDF, 240 KB]
22MAY19 2019 Contracted Parties Satisfaction Survey Results [PDF, 214 KB]
14MAY19 Reminder: 2019 GDD Industry Summit Survey [PDF, 222 KB]
08MAY19 2019 GDD Summit Survey: Let us know your thoughts! [PDF, 288 KB]
25APR19 Monthly Report of the CSC on PTI Performance - March 2019 [PDF, 225 KB]
24APR19 2019 GDD Industry Summit Expanded Agenda Published [PDF, 266 KB]
23APR19 New RDAP base URL field now available in RADAR [PDF, 217 KB]
22APR19 2019 GDD Industry Summit 1:1 Meetings [PDF, 288 KB]
09APR19 REMINDER Webinar Invitation: RDAP Requirements Overview [PDF, 231 KB]
03APR19 Visa requirements for GDD Industry Summit [PDF, 120 KB]
02APR19 Last Chance to Participate: 2019 Contracted Parties Satisfaction Survey [PDF, 245 KB]
28MAR19 RDAP webinar for contracted parties [PDF, 233 KB]
26MAR19 Time is Running Out: 2019 Contracted Parties Satisfaction Survey [PDF, 210 KB]
19MAR19 Time is Running Out: 2019 Contracted Party Survey [PDF, 239 KB]
15MAR19 ICANN Seeks Gaining Registrar for Bulk Transfer [PDF, 233 KB]
15MAR19 Registrar Expression of Interest 15 March 2019 [DOCX, 73 KB]
15MAR19 gTLDs sponsored by terminating registrar [CSV, 3 KB]
26FEB19 2019 Contracted Parties Satisfaction Survey [PDF, 154 KB]
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"""" is not an IDN."