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ICANN 50 Update: Press Conference Time Change | Opening Press Conference of ICANN's 50th Public Meeting in London Moved to 12:30 BST


London, United Kingdom

Journalists attending ICANN's 50th Public Meeting in London are advised that the Opening Press Conference has been moved 12:30 BST. The updated details of the conference are provided below.

Those unable to attend the meeting in person are highly encouraged to attend via the remote participation options listed below.

Updated Details of the News Conference:

WHAT: News Conference

WHO: Dr. Stephen Crocker, Chair of the Board of Directors, Fadi Chehadé, President and CEO, Akram Attallah, President, Global Domains Division, Jean-Jacques Sahel, VP, Global Stakeholder Engagement, Europe

WHEN: Monday, 23 June 12:30 – 13:15 BST (11:30 – 12:15 UTC)

WHERE: Thames Suite, Hilton London Metropole Hotel, London

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
  • Telephone access may be obtained by dialing an international access number obtained from this list 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
Communications Director, North America
Washington, D.C.
Tel:+1 301-365-3571

Luna Madi
Communications Director, EMEA
London, UK.
Tel: +44 7780 947574

Andrew Robertson
Edelman Public Relations
London, U.K.
Tel: +44 20 3047 2302


ICANN's mission is to ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet you have to type an address into your computer - a name or a number. That address has to be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN coordinates these unique identifiers across the world. Without that coordination we wouldn't have one global Internet. ICANN was formed in 1998. It is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet's unique identifiers. ICANN doesn't control content on the Internet. It cannot stop spam and it doesn't deal with access to the Internet. But through its coordination role of the Internet's naming system, it does have an important impact on the expansion and evolution of the Internet. For more information please visit:

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."