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Global Internet Community to Focus on Internet’s Future at Los Angeles ICANN Meeting

Icann Leaders Will Answer Journalists’ Questions At Opening News Conference

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Los Angeles, California… The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will convene its 51st Public Meeting in Los Angeles October 12-16.

The meeting will bring together representatives from government, business, civil society, non-governmental organizations, research institutions and others from across the globe for one of the most important international Internet meetings of the year. 

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will address attendees on Monday morning, October 13 at 8:30AM PT (see details below). The National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA), a bureau within the U.S. Department of Commerce, announced earlier in the year its desire to transition the stewardship of some key Internet technical functions to the global Internet community.

Following the welcoming session, ICANN President and CEO Fadi Chehadé will join Board Chair Dr. Stephen D. Crocker, Global Domains Division President Akram Atallah and Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement for North America Chris Mondini in responding to journalists' questions during an international news conference. They will address a wide range of issues, such as the future of Internet governance, issues surrounding ICANN's accountability and the status of the New gTLD Program.

Journalists from around the world who are unable to attend the Los Angeles meeting are encouraged to participate remotely via a live video web stream or an international toll-free telephone connection. The details for connecting are provided below.

A recording of the news conference will be posted to the press page of the ICANN web site ( after the event.

To see the full schedule of events and meetings taking place during ICANN 51 in Los Angeles, go to

Details of the News Conference:

WHAT: News Conference

WHO: Fadi Chehadé, President and CEO, Dr. Stephen Crocker, Chair of the Board of Directors, Akram Atallah, President of ICANN's Global Domains Division, and Chris Mondini, Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement, North America and Global Business Engagement

WHEN: Monday, 13 October 12:00 P.M. – 13:00 P.M. PDT (1900 – 2000 UTC)

WHERE: Olympic Room, Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles, California

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

  • Telephone access may be obtained by dialling 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.

Details of the Welcome Ceremony:

WHAT: Welcome Ceremony and President's Opening Session

WHO: Penny Pritzker, United States Secretary of Commerce, Fadi Chehadé, President and CEO, and Dr. Stephen Crocker, Chair of the Board of Directors

WHEN: Monday, 13 October 8:30 – 10:00 A.M. PDT (1530-1700 UTC)

WHERE: Los Angeles Room, Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles, California

OFF-SITE ACCESS: Journalists across the globe can monitor the welcome ceremony via a live video webcast at

Media Contacts

Brad White
Communications Director, North America
Washington, D.C.
Tel: +1 301-365-3571

James Cole
Global Media Coordinator
Washington, D.C.
Tel: +1 202 733 7598


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."