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ICANN Executives to Answer Journalists' Questions at Buenos Aires News Conference

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Buenos Aires, Argentina…ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé, Board Chair Dr. Stephen Crocker, President of Generic Domains Division Akram Atallah and Vice President Stakeholder Engagement for Latin America and the Caribbean Rodrigo de la Parra will address major issues shaping the Internet's future at a news conference on Wednesday, 20 November at 11:30 AM (ART).

Internet challenges and opportunities are on the rise. From Internet governance issues to the increased consumer choice in the domain name market, ICANN leaders will answer questions on the organization's efforts to internationalize and its role in the growth of the Internet.

The ICANN executives will also detail the organization's growth in the Latin American and Caribbean region.

Journalists are also encouraged to attend the Welcome Ceremony and President's Opening Session on Monday, 18 November at 8:30AM (ART). Juan Manuel Abal Medina, Jr., Communications Secretary and Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers of Argentina will be among the speakers.

Journalists who are unable to attend the Buenos Aires meeting are encouraged to participate remotely in the news conference via a live video web stream or an international toll-free telephone connection.

A recording of the news conference will be posted to the press page of the ICANN web site (http://www.icann.org/en/news/press) after the event.

A list of other possible newsworthy sessions during the ICANN meeting for Latin American and Caribbean participants can be found here: http://buenosaires48.icann.org/en/schedule/lac-participant-guide-13nov13-en.pdf [PDF, 2.77 MB]


Here are the details of the News Conference:

WHAT: News Conference

WHO: Fadi Chehadé, President and CEO, Dr. Stephen Crocker, Chair of Board of Directors, Akram Atallah, President, Generic Domains Division, Rodrigo de la Parra, Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement - Latin America and the Caribbean

WHEN: Wednesday, 20 November 11:30 AM-12:30 PM. Buenos Aires, Argentina (1430 - 1530 UTC).

WHERE: – Libertador AB room, Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel & Convention Center, San Martin 1225/1275, Buenos Aires, Argentina

OFF-SITE ACCESS: Journalists from around the world can participate in the news conference via remote access.

  • A live video webcast may be accessed at http://icann.adobeconnect.com/eze48-press
  • Telephone access may be obtained by dialling an international access number obtained from this list www.adigo.com/icann. The toll free access number in the U.S. is +1.800.550.6865. Once you have reached the conferencing center, dial 25594.

Here are the details of the Welcome Ceremony:

WHAT: Welcome Ceremony and President's Opening Session

WHO: Juan Manuel Abal Medina Jr, Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers of Argentina and Communications Secretary, Fadi Chehadé, President and CEO, Dr. Stephen Crocker, Chair of Board of Directors., Sally Costerton, Senior Advisor to the President, Global Stakeholder Engagement ICANN.

WHEN: Monday, 18 November 2013, 0830 – 1000 Buenos-Aires, Argentina (1130 – 1300 UTC).

WHERE: Libertador Room – Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel & Convention Center, San Martin 1225/1275, Buenos Aires, Argentina

OFF-SITE ACCESS: Journalists from around the world can monitor the Welcome Ceremony via remote access.

  • A live video webcast may be accessed at https://icann.adobeconnect.com/eze48-libertador.
  • Telephone access may be obtained by dialling an international toll-free number obtained from this list www.adigo.com/icann. The toll free access number in the U.S. is +1.800.550.6865. Once you have reached the conferencing center, dial 25594.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Brad White
ICANN Director of Global Media Affairs
Washington, D.C.
Tel. +1 (202) 570 7118
brad.white@icann.org

Alexandra Dans
Communications Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean
Montevideo, Uruguay
Tel. +598 95 831 442
Alexandra.dans@icann.org

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."