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Global Internet Stakeholders to Convene in Hyderabad for ICANN’s 57th Public Meeting

Invitation to Join the Welcome Ceremony and Press Conference on November 5th

Hyderabad, India The Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today shared details of its 57th Public Meeting to be held in Hyderabad International Convention Centre from November 3rd to 9th. The Hyderabad meeting, also known as ICANN57, is hosted by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), with support from the Government of Telangana.

The meeting will bring together diverse international stakeholders from government, business, civil society, non-government organizations, research institutions, technical communities and others. The representatives will discuss a broad range of Internet-related topics and develop policies for the Domain Name System.

India's Minister of Law & Justice and Minister of Electronics and Information Technology has confirmed that he will attend this global meeting of the organization that coordinates the global Internet's addressing system. Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and K. Chandrashekhar Rao, Chief Minister of Telangana State will address attendees at ICANN57's opening ceremony on November 5th.

Jia-Rong Low, Vice President and Managing Director of ICANN Asia Pacific said, "Some of the topics that will be discussed at the Hyderabad meeting include: Internet governance, enhancing accountability of ICANN, ongoing work to embrace a multilingual Internet, in particular the Neo-Brahmi scripts, as well as updates on the new generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Program."

Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, ICANN President and CEO Göran Marby and ICANN Board Chair Dr. Stephen D. Crocker will also meet and respond to journalists' questions at a news conference on the same day. They will address a wide range of issues, including Internet governance and the multistakeholder model; paving the way for a truly multilingual Internet; and enhancing security, stability and resiliency of the Internet.

ICANN meetings are held three times a year in different regions to enable attendees from around the world to participate in person. These meetings offer a variety of sessions such as workshops, open forums and working meetings on the development and implementation of Internet policies. ICANN meetings offer the best opportunity for face-to-face discussions and exchange of opinions among attendees dedicated to the continued stable and secure operation of the Domain Name System.

MeitY's mission is to promote inclusivity and sustainable growth of the electronics, enhance India's role in Internet governance and enhance efficiency through digital services and a secure cyber space.

Rahul Gosain, Director of MeitY said, "We are very pleased that the ICANN57 meeting is being held in India. We welcome all the delegates to this meeting. This 57th meeting is historic because it is the first meeting post the IANA stewardship transition. This meeting represents our continued interest in Internet governance and synchronizes well with the Digital India program of the Government of India."

"The Government of Telangana looks forward to welcoming the international delegates to Hyderabad. We also encourage our local communities, from students to businesses and academia, to come, attend and take part in ICANN57," said Jayesh Ranjan, Secretary to Government of Telangana, Information Technology, Electronics and Communications (ITE&C) Department.

All ICANN57 attendees (including journalists) are required to register either on-site or at https://registration.icann.org/

For more details of ICANN57, please go to: https://meetings.icann.org/en/hyderabad57
The full schedule of ICANN57 events and meetings is now available at https://icann572016.sched.org/

Download the ICANN57 Mobile App for easy access to information. It is available in App Store, Google Play, Windows Store and BlackBerry World.

Journalists who are unable to attend the Hyderabad meeting are encouraged to participate remotely via a live web stream or an international toll-free telephone connection. The details for connecting will be provided soon at the ICANN57 meetings page.


Details of the Welcome Ceremony:

WHEN: Saturday, 5 November 09:00 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. IST (0330 – 0500 UTC)

WHERE: Hyderabad International Convention Centre (Hall 3, Main)

OFF-SITE ACCESS: Journalists can monitor the welcome ceremony via a live video webcast. Details will be available at the meetings site: https://meetings.icann.org/en/hyderabad57


Details of the News Conference:

WHO:

WHEN: Saturday, 5 November 11:00 A.M. – 11:45 A.M. IST (0530 – 0615 UTC)

WHERE: Hyderabad International Convention Centre (Room MR 1.04)

OFF-SITE ACCESS: Journalists from around the world can participate in the news conference via remote access. Details will be shared at a later date.


Media Contacts

Liana Teo
Head of Communications, APAC
Singapore
Tel: +65 9796 5500
Email: liana.teo@icann.org

Fiona Aw
Global Communications Coordinator
Singapore
Tel: +65 9113 6621
Email: fiona.aw@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 into your computer or other device – a name or a number. 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 and a community with participants from all over the world. For more information, visit 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."