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Global Internet Stakeholders to Convene in Marrakech for ICANN's 65th Public Meeting

Members of the media are invited to join the ICANN65 Policy Forum from 24-27 June

ISTANBUL - 17 June 2019 - The Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will hold its 65th Public Meeting in the Palmeraie Conference Center Marrakech from 24-27 June 2019. This meeting is ICANN's fourth Policy Forum, focused solely on policy work and outreach. It is also the twelfth ICANN meeting to be held in Africa, and the third meeting in Morocco.

Hosted by the National Telecommunication Regulatory Agency (ANRT), the meeting will bring together global and regional Internet stakeholders to develop policies related to the Internet's Domain Name System (DNS).

The ICANN65 Multistakeholder Ethos Award Ceremony is among the highlights of ICANN65. Launched five years ago, this special award honors members of the ICANN community who have made outstanding contributions to ICANN's multistakeholder model of Internet governance. The Multistakeholder Ethos Award will mark the first day of ICANN65.

Among other highlights of ICANN65 will be discussions on the policy aspects of Universal Acceptance (UA) and Internationalized Domain Names (IDN), the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) and the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data, the effectiveness of ICANN's multistakeholder model, as well as technical topics such as current issues in cybersecurity, DNS over HTTPS (DoH), and DNS over TLS (DoT).

Members of the press are encouraged to join in-person or remotely via a live web stream. Additionally, you can contact ICANN's Communications team for interviews and/or briefings on ICANN65 events. More information on remote participation and media contacts is available below.

ICANN meetings provide an excellent opportunity for those interested in getting involved in Internet governance to learn how they can join and have an impact. Global voices have many avenues represented at ICANN through different structures to ensure local perspectives are taken into account in the policy making process. Some of these structures are based in Africa, helping reflect the African perspective in ICANN's policy making processes. The African Regional At-Large Organization (AFRALO), the African Governmental Advisory Committee representatives (including the Moroccan Government), observer International Governmental Organizations such as the African Telecommunications Union (ATU), and Africa Information & Communication Technologies Alliance (AFICTA) are among the regional bodies that represent Africa's diverse voices.

ICANN Public Meetings are held three times a year in different regions, enabling community members from around the globe to participate in person. These meetings offer a variety of sessions, such as workshops, forums, and meetings on the development and implementation of policies related to the Internet's system of unique identifiers.

Event Information:

You also can download the ICANN Meetings Mobile App available in the App Store and Google Play.

Media Contacts

Luna Madi
Communications Director, EMEA
Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 533 031 3505
Email: luna.madi@icann.org

Buket Coskuner
Global Communications Coordinator
Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 533 487 6254
Email: buket.coskuner@icann.org

About ICANN

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.

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."