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Save the Date: Press Meeting with ICANN President and Board Chair

Join us for a meeting with CEO and President Fadi Chehadé and Board Chair Dr. Stephen Crocker during ICANN53 in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina… The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will convene its 53rd Public Meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from June 22 to 25, 2015.

On Monday, June 22, you are invited to join ICANN President and CEO Fadi Chehadé and Board Chair Dr. Stephen D. Crocker, as well as Global Domains Division President Akram Atallah and Vice President of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Rodrigo de la Parra for a meeting with local and international press, from 13:00-14:00 ART.

As you may already be aware, the United States government announced on March 14, 2014, its intent to transition stewardship of the IANA functions. Since then, the global Internet community has been hard at work developing several proposals to answer the question of how this transition will work. The success of this transition is critical to the future of Internet governance.

During this press meeting, Fadi, Steve, Akram and Rodrigo will discuss this transition, as well as a wide range of other issues, including the delegation of New generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) and ICANN's continued efforts to globalize its operations.

Journalists who are unable to attend the Buenos Aires meeting are encouraged to participate remotely via a live web stream. An audio feed has also been established for those who simply wish to listen, but do not have any questions. The details for connecting are provided below.

An audio 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 ICANN53 in Buenos Aires, please go to https://buenosaires53.icann.org/en/.

To see the LAC participant guide for ICANN53, a schedule that highlights the activities with a Latin American and Caribbean content, please go to: http://goo.gl/HnwjIr.

Registration for ICANN53 is available on-site or at https://registration.icann.org/.


Details of the Press Meeting:

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 Rodrigo de la Parra, Vice President of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

WHEN: Monday, 22 June 13:00 P.M. – 14:00 P.M. ART (16:00 – 17:00 UTC)

WHERE: Martin Fierro, Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel & Convention Center

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

  • A live webcast may be accessed at https://icann.adobeconnect.com/eze53-press/.
    • Journalists who wish to pose questions remotely must do so in this Adobe Connect room.
  • Telephone access may be obtained by dialling an international access number obtained from this list https://goo.gl/nvLx4o. The toll free access number in the U.S. is +1 (719) 457-6209. Once you have reached the conferencing center, dial 834 210 0020.
    • The telephone feed is listen-only and can not be used to ask questions.

Media Contacts

Alexandra Dans
Communications Manager, LAC
Montevideo, Uruguay
Tel: + 598 95 831 442
Email: alexandra.dans@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."