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The Third Turkey DNS Forum Kicks Off Tomorrow in Istanbul

A two day event on global Interent Trends with a focus on the Internet Industry in Turkey

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Istanbul, Turkey – The third Turkey Domain Name System (DNS) Forum kicks off tomorrow in Istanbul from 15-16 February. The Forum is organized by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and sponsored by IHS Telekom. It 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 IHS Telekom will provide welcoming remarks.

Launched in 2014, the Forum aims to connect interested parties with international experts and key players in the industry, update Turkish stakeholders on the latest developments at ICANN, and educate and inform attendees on the DNS industry in general.

From "Websites and Social Media in Turkey" to "DNS and Cybersecurity", the two-day forum will cover various sessions in which over 20 speakers will present and discuss current topics in Internet governance and DNS. The forum is also a great opportunity to find out about latest trends in the domain name industry, posing new venture areas for DNS industry professionals.

"The Turkey DNS Forum is an essential platform as it is unique in bringing together all NGOs, private sector and government organizations forming the DNS ecosystem of Turkey. As one of the leading DNS providers, IHS Telekom is happy to support the Forum."
Emre Sayın, Founder and CEO, IHS Telekom

Legal issues such as domain name legal aspects as well as data protection and IP laws in Turkey will also be covered, during the second day of the Forum. Legal experts will hold an IP Law and Data Protection Law tutorial at the end of the event.

ICANN, as an international organization, has relationships with global Internet stakeholders and is looking to extend regional engagement and cooperation with these stakeholders here in Turkey to complement its work around the world.

"As the domain name market in Turkey continues to evolve, we are seeing more interest from across the community in discussing various business, technical and legal issues related to the DNS. The Turkey DNS Forum is the place for the community to come together to exchange views not only on past experiences and key current issues, but also the prospects of the industry in the years ahead."
Baher Esmat, VP of Global Stakeholder Engagement in the Middle East, ICANN

Participants from ICANN, other Internet organizations, registries, registrars, registrants, country code Top Level Domain (ccTLDs), new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) 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.

The forum is open to anyone interested in issues pertaining to the domain name industry and the business opportunities it can provide, and engage with key players and experts in the field. ICANN continuously works on building relationships with the Turkish community to generate understanding on the potential of the domain name industry, and assist with the development of local expertise and know-how in different aspects of the domain name ecosystem.

For more information, please visit the event website at

Media Contacts:

Luna Madi
Communications Director, EMEA
London, U.K.
Tel: +44 7780947574

Buket Coskuner
Global Communications Coordinator, EMEA
Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 533 4876254

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.

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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."