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Internet Stakeholders from Around the World Will Meet in Barcelona for ICANN's 63rd Public Meeting

Invitation to join the Opening Ceremony on 22 October and sessions of interest throughout the meeting

BARCELONA, Spain - 9 October 2018 - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will hold its 63rd Public Meeting (ICANN63) in the Barcelona International Convention Centre from 20 to 25 October. ICANN63 is hosted by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Business, through the Secretary of State for Digital Advancement, and, a public corporate entity responsible for managing the Internet Domain Name Registry for the country code ".es", and for developing programs to stimulate the digital economy.

Speakers at the Opening Ceremony on 22 October include: Spanish Minister of Economy and Business Nadia Calviño; Secretary of State for Digital Advancement Francisco Polo; ICANN Board Chair Cherine Chalaby; and ICANN President and CEO Göran Marby.

We encourage members of the press to join in-person or remotely via a live web stream. Additionally, you can get in touch with ICANN's Communications team for interviews and/or briefing on ICANN63 highlights. More information on remote participation and media contacts are provided below.

The meeting will bring together stakeholders from all over the world. Governments, businesses, the civil society, non-governmental organizations, research institutions, technical communities, and others are active participants in the event. The sessions will enable discussions and the development of policies on a broad range of Internet-related topics, particularly the Domain Name System and IP addressing, and inform the audience on latest issues of concern to stakeholders.

Among the highlights of ICANN63, a High Level Governmental Meeting (HLGM) will take place on 22 October. Ministers, government's representatives, and delegations from around the world will attend the meeting. The day-long HLGM will include interactive sessions for ministers and high-level officials to discuss the Internet ecosystem and governance, ICANN's work, wider digital issues of global interest, and the role of governments in these areas. For those interested in joining the HLGM sessions, more information on how to connect to the live webcast is provided below.

Additionally, there will be sessions related to the evolution of ICANN policies such as WHOIS, in light of new data protection rules emerging around the world such as the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). These sessions provide an opportunity for members of the press to learn more about the work that is being done to adapt existing ICANN contractual requirements and community-developed policies in relation to data protection laws, including a potential model to enable access to non-public user registration data for legitimate purposes.

Welcome Ceremony & Opening Session:

WHO: Spanish Minister of Economy and Business, Nadia Calviño; Secretary of State for Digital Advancement, Francisco Polo; ICANN Board Chair, Cherine Chalaby; and ICANN President and CEO Göran Marby. [more speakers may be confirmed]

WHEN: Monday, 22 October 08:30 A.M. – 09:30 A.M. CEST (07:30 A.M. – 08:30 A.M UTC)

WHERE: Rooms 111/112 – Barcelona International Convention Centre

OFF-SITE ACCESS: Journalists from around the world can participate in the Welcome Ceremony remotely.

  • Access the live webcast here.

High Level Governmental Meeting (HLGM):

WHEN: Monday, 22 October, 10:15 A.M. - 19:30 P.M. CEST (09:15 A.M. – 18.30 P.M. UTC)

WHERE: Room 117 (GAC) – Barcelona International Convention Centre

OFF-SITE ACCESS: Journalists from around the world can participate in the HLGM remotely.

  • Access the live webcast here.

Visit this page for more information and the HLGM's agenda.

Media Contacts:

Luna Madi
Communications Director, EMEA
Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 533 0313505

Buket Coskuner
Global Communications Coordinator
Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 533 4876254


ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must 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 with a community of participants from all over the world. 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."