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  • Updated Lookup Tool for Domain Name Registration Data Now Available

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    Today, ICANN is launching an updated version of its lookup tool that makes use of the Registration Data Access Protocol, known as RDAP, to query, parse, and display registration data in a human-friendly format. The lookup tool – which gives users the ability to look up...
  • DNS and the Internet of Things: Opportunities, Risks, and Challenges

    The ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) has recently published SAC105, a report on the interplay between the Domain Name System (DNS) and the Internet of Things (IoT). Unlike typical SSAC publications, SAC105 does not provide particular recommendations...
  • ICANN in the Middle East – A Glance at the Past Year

    With ICANN's Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) coming to an end, now is a good time to reflect on our achievements and provide an overview of the future of our engagement strategy in the Middle East. KEY HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR Community Regional Engagement Survey In June 2019, the...
  • Chair’s Blog: ICANN65 Meeting & Board Workshop

    Thank you to everyone who participated in ICANN65. This fourth Policy Forum was the second held in Africa and the third ICANN Public Meeting held in Marrakech, Morocco. ICANN65 served as a platform for cross-community dialogue on important issues and topics, such as the...
  • Known Zoom Vulnerabilities

    Earlier this week, two vulnerabilities in the Zoom application for Mac devices were disclosed by a security researcher. These vulnerabilities include the use of a local host web server on Mac devices to operate Zoom, and the way in which video is enabled for Zoom...
  • Operating Standards: Guiding ICANN’s Specific Reviews

    On 23 June 2019, the ICANN Board adopted the Operating Standards for Specific Reviews [PDF, 647 KB] at ICANN65 in Marrakech. This is a significant contribution to improving review effectiveness at ICANN. The Operating Standards are mandated by ICANN's Bylaws and guide how...
  • Thank you to Marrakech, Bonjour to Montréal

    Two words have always defined ICANN: evolutionary change. That principle is well established, regardless of whether we are talking about the community, the organization, or the Board. Evolutionary change will frame ICANN’s next Public Meeting, ICANN66, in Montréal,...
  • Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Morocco

    One of the unique aspects of the ICANN community is its truly global nature and the opportunity to meet and work with people from across the world. We’re getting that chance again here in Morocco – a country with a rich history, diverse culture, and a growing Internet...
  • Automated Transcripts from Zoom at ICANN65

    As you know, ICANN moved to Zoom as its web conferencing solution and we are pleased with the positive feedback we have received aboutthisnew system. One of the most welcome developments about Zoom has been the introduction of its automatic transcriptionfeature. You may...
  • Marhaba, Bienvenue, and Welcome to Marrakech!

    We are honored to welcome the global ICANN community to Marrakech, Morocco, for ICANN65. The ambitious Policy Forum agenda, featuring outreach and cross-community sessions, was developed by ICANN’s Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees. A few important policy...
  • Welcome to ICANN65

    It’s my pleasure to welcome you back to Marrakech, Morocco, for ICANN65. I am pleased to return to the site of my first ICANN Public Meeting (ICANN55), especially considering how much has changed since that time. This will be an opportunity to reflect on the progress we’...
  • Looking Ahead to ICANN65

    In a few days, the ICANN community will gather in Marrakech, Morocco for ICANN65. This will be the fourth Policy Forum and the second to be held in the African region. The Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees have taken the lead in organizing the program for...
  • Chair’s Blog: A Preview of the Marrakech Board Workshop

    From 21-23 June, the ICANN Board will hold its fourth Board workshop of the calendar year, just ahead of ICANN65 in Marrakech, Morocco. ICANN65 will be a policy forum, dedicated primarily to interaction between the ICANN community’s constituency groups, as well as key...
  • ICANN to Launch a Pilot Childcare Grants Program for its Community

    ICANN is making it easier for community members with children (up to 12 years old) to attend ICANN meetings in person by launching the Community Childcare Grants Pilot Program. Starting with ICANN66, the Annual General Meeting in Montréal, Canada, eligible community...
  • ICANN's New Meeting Registration Platform

    ICANN has launched a new registration platform for ICANN Meetings and events. If you have registered in the past 15 months, you may receive an email to confirm or edit your existing profile, as well as past attendance details. Otherwise, you may create a new profile when...
  • Evolving the Governance of the Root Server System

    Today, ICANN org is launching a Public Comment proceeding on evolving the governance of the Root Server System (RSS). We invite the ICANN community to participate in this important work. Following the IANA stewardship transition, the Root Server System Advisory Committee...
  • Chair’s Blog: Wrapping up the Istanbul Workshop

    In this blog, I share some of the more significant discussions from the ICANN Board workshop, which was held earlier this month in Istanbul, Turkey, as well as a summary of the key resolutions passed during the public Board meeting in Istanbul. I will also update you on...
  • ICANN to Participate in the Upcoming Africa Internet Summit

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    This year, members of the ICANN community and organization will participate in the Africa Internet Summit (AIS) taking place in Kampala, Uganda, from 9 to 21 June, which is a multistakeholder conference on information and communication technologies. The Summit will bring...

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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."