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Press Release: Registration Open for ICANN79 Community Forum

Fostering Collaborative Solutions for the Future of the Global Internet

LOS ANGELES – 27 February 2024 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will host the ICANN79 Community Forum, its 79th Public Meeting, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from 2 to 7 March 2024. This six-day meeting aims to convene participants from across the globe to further collaboration to ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet.

"The stability, security and resiliency of the Internet's unique identifier systems are direct reflections of the hard work and dedication of ICANN's multistakeholder community," said ICANN Board Chair Tripti Sinha. "The Internet is a resource that should be available to everyone, so we must continue to work together to ensure it is reliable and accessible for users around the globe."

Many sessions and workshops will be held during the Community Forum, ranging from Universal Acceptance and Domain Name System abuse to informational workshops for newcomers and ICANN Fellows. The event will also include a meaningful dialogue with the multistakeholder community around ICANN's strategic planning process for fiscal years 2026–2030 to ensure future priorities are aligned with global community needs.

Another highlight of the ICANN79 Community Forum will be the presentation of the ICANN Community Excellence Award, a distinction bestowed upon a community member who has deeply invested in consensus-based solutions and contributed in a substantive way to the ICANN multistakeholder model.

"The Internet's technical functions are governed by a global community who work collaboratively to solve policy and technical challenges for the public benefit. With this uniquely democratic multistakeholder approach, every stakeholder has a voice in a bottom-up, consensus-driven process," said Sally Costerton, ICANN Interim President and Chief Executive Officer. "The ICANN79 Community Forum is an opportunity to become a part of this global and collective effort."

There is still time to register for the ICANN79 Community Forum and join the ICANN community of stakeholders, with virtual and in-person attendance as options. To register and access the meeting schedule, please visit the ICANN79 Meeting Website. Registration for in-person attendance remains open until 29 February. (On-site meeting registration will not be available.) Registration for virtual attendance will remain open throughout the meeting.


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 – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. 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 nonprofit public benefit corporation with a community of 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."