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Global Internet Stakeholders to Convene in Singapore for ICANN's 52nd Public Meeting

Invitation to Join the Welcome Ceremony and Press Conference on February 9th

Singapore… The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will convene its 52nd Public Meeting in Singapore, from February 9th to 12th.

The meeting will bring together stakeholders from around the globe to discuss what the future of the Internet may look like in light of last year's announcement that the United States (U.S.) government will transition stewardship of the IANA functions to the global multistakeholder community.

Former Senior Advisor to U.S. President Bill Clinton, Ira Magaziner, and Singapore's Minister of Communications and Information, Dr. Yaacob bin Ibrahim, will address attendees at the meeting's opening ceremony. Details are provided below.

In the afternoon, ICANN President and CEO Fadi Chehadé will join Board Chair Dr. Stephen D. Crocker, Global Domains Division President Akram Atallah and Vice President and Managing Director of Asia Pacific (APAC) Yu-Chuang Kuek in responding to journalists' questions during an international news conference. They will address a wide range of issues, including the current status of the IANA stewardship transition and the continued delegation of new generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs).

Journalists who are unable to attend the Singapore meeting are encouraged to participate remotely via a live 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 (http://www.icann.org/en/news/press) after the event.

To see the full schedule of events and meetings taking place during ICANN52 in Singapore, go to http://singapore52.icann.org/en/schedule-full.

Registration for ICANN52 is available on-site or at https://registration.icann.org/.

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 Yu-Chuang Kuek, Vice President and Managing Director for Asia Pacific (APAC).

WHEN: Monday, 9 February 13:00 P.M. – 14:00 P.M. SGT (0500 – 0600 UTC)

WHERE: Morrison Room, Raffles City Convention Centre, Singapore

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

  • A live webcast may be accessed at https://icann.adobeconnect.com/sin52-press/.
  • Telephone access may be obtained by dialling an international access number obtained from this list http://goo.gl/arhucw. The toll free access number in the U.S. is +1 (719) 457-6209.  Once you have reached the conferencing center, dial 364 624 6532.

Details of the Welcome Ceremony: 

WHAT: Welcome Ceremony and President's Opening Session

WHO: Fadi Chehadé, President and CEO, and Dr. Stephen Crocker, Chair of the Board of Directors

WHEN: Monday, 9 February 08:30 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. SGT (0030 – 0200 UTC)

WHERE: Padang Room, Raffles City Convention Centre, Singapore

OFF-SITE ACCESS: Journalists across the globe can monitor the welcome ceremony via a live video webcast at https://icann.adobeconnect.com/sin52-padang.


Media Contacts

Liana Teo
Head of Communications, APAC
Singapore
Tel: +65 6808 6669
Email: liana.teo@icann.org

James Cole
Global Media Coordinator
Washington, D.C.
Tel: +1 202 733 7598
Email: james.cole@icann.org


About ICANN

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: www.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."