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Moroccan Minister of Industry & Digital Economy Stresses Importance of IANA Stewardship Transition During ICANN55

Marrakech, Morocco… Moroccan Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment and the Digital Economy, Moulay Hafid Elalamy, expressed Morocco's support of the IANA Stewardship Transition today, during the Opening Ceremony of ICANN's 55th Public Meeting, taking place in Marrakech, Morocco from 5-10 March. The meeting is being held under the high patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI.

"This great meeting in Marrakech coincides with the last leg, the final leg, of the process in order to get to a transition plan of the governance model of the world system of Internet resources, in order to increase transparency as well as accountability," said Elalamy. "This initiative is, without any doubt, the illustration of opening up the Internet."

ICANN55 is taking place during a critical moment in the history of the Internet governance, as members of the global Internet community have come together in Marrakech to finalize a set of proposals which will transfer stewardship of key elements of the Internet's system of unique identifiers – the IANA functions – from the United States Government over to the multistakeholder community.

Director General of Morocco's National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency, Azdine El Mountassir Billah, spoke to the importance of the multistakeholder model of Internet governance, stating, "The great challenge - we know it all and we are working on it - consists of inventing a governance model for the Internet: a multistakeholder, inclusive, fair and balanced one, involving all stakeholders: governments, civil society, and businesses, in order to increase the exchange of opportunities, to reconcile points of view and to create the necessary synergies."

ICANN Board Chair Dr. Stephen Crocker remarked on the historic nature of ICANN55, but also to the work that still lies ahead, stating, "These proposals will usher in a new era of independence and global accountability of ICANN. Let me emphasize that we're not done yet. This will be an extremely important juncture at this meeting, and then we still have quite a lot of time and work that will go on in multiple quarters, including, of course, within the U.S. Government."

"I wish to pay tribute to Mr. Fadi Chehadé, President of ICANN, and his team for the work done to make this organization what it is today," added Billah. "And for supporting, with enthusiasm and confidence, the holding of the 55th meeting in my country, Morocco."

Those unable to attend ICANN55 in person are highly encouraged to participate remotely. Details for doing so can be found for any of the sessions listed at https://meetings.icann.org/en/marrakech55/schedule-full.

Members of the press are also invited to attend a press conference being held today, at 14:30 UTC. Details for joining are provided below.


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 https://icann.adobeconnect.com/icann55-press/.

    • 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 https://goo.gl/nvLx4o.

    • 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.

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To learn more about ICANN55 in Marrakech, please visit: https://meetings.icann.org/en/marrakech55

To download high-resolution photos of the meeting, please visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/icann

Media Contacts

Luna Madi
Communications Director, EMEA
London, U.K.
Tel: +44 7780947574
Email: luna.madi@icann.org

James Cole
Global Media Coordinator
Washington, D.C.
Tel: +1 202 733 7598
Email: james.cole@icann.org

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.

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."