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Revised Process for Selection of Sites for ICANN International Public Meetings

Open: 21 June 2010
Closed: 20 July 2010

Explanation/Background: The ICANN Board Committee on Public Participation has approved a modified process for identifying the location of ICANN International Public Meetings. The bid process by which ICANN Meeting sites have been chosen in the past inherently limits the range of choices to cities and venues to those that submit a bid. The goal of the modified process is to continue to inform and consult ICANN stakeholders on locations of ICANN Meetings, while ensuring that the venues ultimately selected provide the best combination of logistics and security for all ICANN Meeting delegates.

This modified selection process will maintain the current practice of regional rotation of ICANN Meetings, and those in the geographic region will continue to be invited to submit recommendations for specific locations. These recommended venues, along with others in the region that meet the established selection criteria, will be considered. The final location for the ICANN Meeting will then be selected through the evaluation of both community-recommended and ICANN-identified locations.

This new meeting site selection process will be implemented beginning with the 40th ICANN International Meeting to be held 13-18 March 2011 in North America. An announcement requesting location recommendations from the ICANN community will be posted on 21 July 2010. It will contain the criteria by which sites will be evaluated.

ICANN welcomes your feedback on this revised meeting site selection process and will consider that input to aid in future enhancements to the process.

Staff member responsible: Janice Lange

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