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Save the Date: Press Conference with ICANN President - CEO and Board Chair During ICANN55 in Marrakech

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Marrakech, Morocco… The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will convene its 55th Public Meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, from March 5 to 10, 2016, at the Palmeraie Conference Center.

On Monday, March 7, you are invited to join ICANN President and CEO Fadi Chehadé and Board Chair Dr. Stephen D. Crocker, as well as Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement, Africa, Pierre Dandjinou, for a meeting with local and international press, from 2:30 P.M. – 3:30 P.M. WET (14:30 – 15:30 UTC).

During this press conference, Fadi Chehadé, Steve Crocker and Pierre Dandjinou will discuss a wide range of the current topics, including the IANA Stewardship Transition, an update on the New generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) program and the recent announcement that Göran Marby has been selected as ICANN's new President and CEO.

Journalists who are unable to attend the Marrakech 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 ( after the event.

To see the full schedule of events and meetings taking place during ICANN55 in Marrakech, please go to

Registration for ICANN55 is available on-site or at

Press Conference Details:

WHO: Fadi Chehadé, President and CEO, Dr. Stephen Crocker, Board Chair, and Pierre Dandjinou, Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement, Africa.

WHEN: Monday, 7 March, 2:30 P.M. – 3:30 P.M. WET (14:30 – 15:30 UTC)

WHERE: Roseraie, Palmeraie Conference Center

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

  • A live webcast may be accessed at
    • Journalists who wish to pose questions remotely must do so in this Adobe Connect room.
  • The press conference will be held in English, but simultaneously interpreted into French, Arabic and Spanish, via the Adobe Connect room.
  • Telephone access (English) may be obtained by dialling an international access number obtained from this list
    • 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

Luna Madi
Communications Director, EMEA
London, U.K.
Tel: +44 7780947574

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


ICANN's mission is to help 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 helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation and a community with participants from all over the world. ICANN and its community help keep the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It also promotes competition and develops policy for the top-level of the Internet's naming system and facilitates the use of other unique Internet identifiers. 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."