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ICANN and Senatics to Increase Coordination and Collaboration on the Domain Name Space In Paraguay and Regionally

ICANN and the National Secretariat for Information and Communication Technologies of Paraguay (Senatics) signed a Memorandum of Understanding

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ICANN and Senatics Signing a Memorandum of Understanding

Buenos Aires, Argentina… Paraguay has taken an important step to bolster its role in developing the emerging industry surrounding the Internet's addressing system, known as the Domain Name System (DNS).

Minister Executive Secretary Héctor David Ocampos Negreiros, of Paraguay's  National Secretariat for Information and Communication Technologies signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) yesterday, to increase coordination and collaboration between both organizations.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed during ICANN's 53rd public meeting in Buenos Aires.

While signing the document, Mr. Ocampos Negreiros said, "Inspired by organizations such as ICANN, SENATICS is about to implement a national multistakeholder Internet governance platform in Paraguay. Through this agreement we will establish a DNS Development Center. With this kind of cooperation, Paraguay is seeking to address specific concerns from landlocked countries such as Bolivia and Paraguay and also seeks to enhance internal regional traffic in the context of the Mercosur."

"It is in everyone's interest to maintain one Internet that is secure, stable, and resilient," said ICANN President and CEO Fadi Chehade. "In signing this document, we are joining Minister Ocampos in supporting and promoting the emerging DNS sector in Paraguay and more broadly in all of South America."

In signing the memorandum, both parties are committing to continue their cooperation and collaboration to strengthen active participation in ICANN's policy-making processes, which includes input from all stakeholders such as business, civil society, academics and government.

Mr. Chehadé and Mr. Ocampos Negriros committed to make this framework the first step in defining concrete actions aimed at increasing awareness of ICANN's mission and strengthening participation by South American regional stakeholders in ICANN's work and supporting its global multistakeholder Internet Governance model.

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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:

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."