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ICANN Holds Second Turkey Domain Name System Forum in Istanbul

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Istanbul, Turkey… The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is hosting the second Turkey Domain Name System (DNS) Forum, which will take place from 18-19 January 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. A key focus of the forum will be to discuss the status of the Internet industry in Turkey and the Turkish domain name market, exploring both the opportunities and challenges businesses, entrepreneurs and Internet users face.

Launched last year, the Forum aims to connect interested parties with international experts and key players in the industry, update Turkish stakeholders on the latest developments at ICANN, and educate and inform attendees on the DNS industry in general.

"We're excited to hold the second edition of the Turkey DNS Forum in Istanbul after last year's success. Our engagement in the Turkish market continues to deepen, building solid relationships with our partners here, working together to enhance the industry and exploring potential the opportunities available in the market. This is an important forum for the Internet community in Turkey," said Baher Esmat, ICANN Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement in the Middle East.

ICANN is currently overseeing a major expansion of the DNS with the introduction of up to 1,300 new domains, known as generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs). The new gTLD program represents one of the biggest changes to the Internet since its inception, and is aimed at enhancing innovation and competition in the domain name industry. Recently, top-level domains .IST and .ISTANBUL were announced here in Turkey. These city-specific domain extensions were launched to assist local businesses to thrive, market and promote tourism in Istanbul, and spread the dynamic image and brand value of Istanbul around the world.

President of the Board of Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK), Dr. Ömer Fatih Sayan, and ICANN's Istanbul Hub General Manager, David Olive, will be addressing the audience during the forum's opening ceremony. The forum, which is open to anyone interested the DNS industry and the business opportunities it can bring, will be attended by participants from ICANN, gTLD and ccTLD Registries, Registrars, service providers, brand owners, legal firms, civil society members and academia.

More information about the Turkey DNS Forum is available here: http://www.turkeydnsforum.org/.

To register online, please go here: http://www.turkeydnsforum.org/registration/.


WHEN: 18-19 January 2016.

WHERE: The Renaissance İstanbul Polat Bosphorus Hotel (Barbaros Bulvari No 145, Besiktas, Istanbul 34349).

Media Contacts

Luna Madi
Communications Director, EMEA
London, United Kingdom
Tel: + 44 7780 947574
Email: luna.madi@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."