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Public Responsibility at ICANN

ICANN provides the community with the necessary support and tools to carry out public responsibility related activities that enhance the multistakeholder model and support ICANN’s mission.

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  • Supporting Public Interest Initiatives

    ICANN supports public responsibility activities to broaden and strengthen the multistakeholder model through concrete tools and programs. Examples include:

    Diversity at ICANN

    Emergency Assistance Program for Continued Internet Access

    Exploring the Public Interest within ICANN's Remit

    Human Rights Impact Assessment

    Supporting Community Work on Human Rights

    Supporting Auction Proceeds Discussions

  • Supporting Education

    This focus aims to build a global public audience that is knowledgeable of the greater Internet ecosystem.

    ICANN Learn

    ICANN Learn is an online learning platform designed to help the global community better understand how ICANN and the Internet work. Courses are built for various skill levels and languages.

    ICANN History Project

    The ICANN History Project seeks to preserve ICANN's institutional memory by capturing stories from key figures who helped to shape the organization.

    Leadership Program

    The ICANN Academy Leadership Program is designed for current and incoming leaders, helping them to better understand the complexity of ICANN and elaborate their facilitation skills.

    Chairing Skills Program

    The ICANN Academy Chairing Skills Program focuses on new ICANN Chairs that wish to be coached by their peers.

  • Supporting Stakeholder Participation

    ICANN has established programs to raise awareness and encourage the participation in ICANN's multistakeholder model.

    ICANN for Beginners

    The ICANN for Beginners page provides a starting point for newcomers to understand what ICANN is and where it fits in the Internet governance ecosystem.


    This program prepares and supports students who are interested in becoming actively engaged in their regional communities and in shaping the future of global Internet policy.

    Fellowship Program

    The Fellowship Program seeks to prepare and support individuals with diverse backgrounds to become active participants in the ICANN community.

    Internet Access Reimbursement Program

    This program aims to facilitate the active participation in ICANN Public Meetings Meeting for certain community members with limited Internet capacity by offering financial assistance to increase their Internet bandwidth during the meeting.

    Community Childcare Grants Pilot Program

    This program aims to facilitate the in-person participation of community members with children at ICANN meetings.

    Community Onboarding Pilot

    (Inactive) This program was designed to improve engagement and retention of new participants within ICANN by creating a structured, year-round onboarding process tailored by and for each community group.


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."