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ICANN to Hold Its First Turkey Domain Name System Forum in Istanbul on November 18th, 2014

The goal is to encourage the growth of a stronger domain name industry in Turkey.

Istanbul, Turkey – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced today that, for the first time, it will host a Turkey Domain Name System (DNS) forum in Istanbul on the 18th November 2014. This Turkey DNS Forum is the first edition of what will be an annual event. The forum will bring together interested participants with key players in the domain name field, to discuss current topics in Turkey's industry. Representatives from ICANN, the Government of Turkey and Garanti Bank will provide welcoming remarks to kickoff this daylong session.

"Our newly opened hub in Istanbul is poised to engage with our local stakeholders in all aspects, this event being one of them, with the aim of building a stronger domain name industry in Turkey. At ICANN, our mission to the public is dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. Our hub is uniquely positioned to not only cater to our host country, but also to be a bridge connecting Europe, Africa and the Middle East," said David Olive, Vice President, Policy Development Support and General Manager, ICANN-Istanbul.

During this forum, presentations and panel discussions from experts of the Internet sector in Turkey will address topics such as:

  • Turkey's Internet industry,
  • The innovation and growth opportunities available for business innovation,
  • The new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs),
  • Registrar strategies in a competitive environment.

"We are very happy with the cooperation and support of the local community in helping making this happen and look forward to a fruitful collaboration in our future efforts to support and develop the emerging domain name markets, with all the expert knowledge we can provide," said Baher Esmat, Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement for the Middle East, ICANN.

Participants from ICANN, other Internet organizations, registries, registrars, registrants, ccTLDs, new gTLD applicants, policy makers, Internet service providers, IT businesses, brand owners and legal firms, academics and civil society will attend the event in an effort to share experiences and best practices.

For more information, please visit the event website at: https://community.icann.org/display/MES/Turkey+DNS+Forum

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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

For further information please contact:

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