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Additional 2021 ICANN Public Meeting Locations Announced

LOS ANGELES – 6 May 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

Alert: Phishing Scam Email From "[email protected]"

LOS ANGELES – 2 May 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") has...

Proposed FY20 Operating Plan and Budget for ICANN Board Adoption Published

LOS ANGELES – 02 May 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers...

Process Proposal for Streamlining Organizational Reviews

Open Date: 30 April 2019 Close Date: 15 July 2019
Originating Organization: Multistakeholder...

Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone Version 3 (RZ-LGR-3)

Open Date: 25 April 2019 Close Date: 4 June 2019
Originating Organization: Global Domains...

Evolving ICANN’s Multistakeholder Model

Open Date: April 25, 2019 Close Date: June 13, 2019
Originating Organization: ...

ICANN Publishes Updated Domain Name Marketplace Indicators

LOS ANGELES – 17 April 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Names and Numbers (ICANN) today...

Invitation: Name Collision Analysis Project (NCAP) Discussion Group

LOS ANGELES – 17 April 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is...

Updated Request for Proposal: ICANN's Technical Compliance Monitoring System

LOS ANGELES – 10 April 2019 –The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is...

ICANN Publishes ICANN64 By the Numbers Report

LOS ANGELES – 9 April 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

ccNSO Review Assessment Report for Community Input; Join the Upcoming Webinar

LOS ANGELES – 8 April 2019 – Meridian Institute, the independent examiner performing the second...

Proposed Renewal of .biz Registry Agreement

Open Date: 3 April 2019 Close Date: 14 May 2019
Originating Organization: Global Domains...

ICANN Publishes Staff Report On First Consultation on Two-Year Planning Process

LOS ANGELES – 2 April 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

[email protected] Application Round for ICANN66 Is Now Open

ICANN NextGen Program | ICANN66 Annual General | Montréal 2-7 November 2019

LOS ANGELES – 01 April 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

Updated IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process Including Risk Mitigation Measure Evaluation Released

LOS ANGELES – 29 March 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (lCANN)...

Proposed Renewal of .asia Registry Agreement

Open Date: 27 March 2019 Close Date: 7 May 2019
Originating Organization: Global Domains...

ICANN Systems Controls Validated by Annual IANA Functions Audit

LOS ANGELES – 26 March 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)...

Deadline Extended: Expressions of Interest Sought for Chair of GNSO EPDP on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data – Phase 2

LOS ANGELES – 25 March 2019 – The Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) is extending the...

Call for Volunteers: NomCom Review Implementation Working Group

LOS ANGELES - 25 March 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN),...

ICANN Publishes Staff Report On ICANN's Draft FY20 Operating Plan and Budget Public Comment Proceeding

LOS ANGELES – 22 March 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...

ICANN Launches Age Diversity and Participation Survey

LOS ANGELES – 21 March 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is...

Proposed Renewal of .org Registry Agreement

Open Date: 18 March 2019 Close Date: 29 April 2019
Originating Organization: Global Domains...

Proposed Renewal of .info Registry Agreement

Open Date: 18 March 2019 Close Date: 29 April 2019
Originating Organization: Global Domains...

ICANN Invokes Process to Protect Registrants

LOS ANGELES – 15 March 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN")...

ICANN64 Kobe GAC Communiqué

KOBE – 14 March 2019 – Today, the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) meeting at ICANN64...

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."