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Chair’s Blog: Wrapping up the Los Angeles Workshop

In this blog, I share some of the more significant discussions from the ICANN Board workshop that was held earlier this month on 6-8 September in Los Angeles, California, as well as a summary of the key resolutions passed during the public Board meeting. We followed the agenda as detailed in my preview blog.

On Friday 6 September - Avri Doria started the day by leading a discussion on the short/long-term options for adjusting the timing and effectiveness of the Reviews, followed by a discussion on the Prioritization & Affordability of the Reviews' recommendations. Becky Burr then lead a session on what ICANN (Community, Board and Org) should be doing to prepare for the successful implementation of the three critical plans that will shape ICANN’s future: the FY21-25 Strategic Plan, FY21-25 Operating and Financial Plan and the Workplan to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our multistakeholder model.  After lunch, Brian Cute presented a progress report on that last Workplan. The rest of the afternoon was dedicated to meetings of the Board committees.

Saturday 7 September - We began the day with the traditional CEO dialogue with Göran Marby. Then, Cyrus Namazi and Jamie Hedlund briefed the Board on the Registry Operator Audit on DNS security threat obligations, which was published here.  Akinori Maemura then presented the Board Technical Committee's report on the DNS ecosystem security risks. After lunch, Maarten Botterman facilitated a session where we finalized our FY20 Board Activities and Priorities. Ron da Silva and Xavier Calvez then led a discussion on the status of the FY21-25 Operating & Financial Plan, which is being developed by ICANN org.

We concluded the day with an update on the current state of the EPDP Phase 2. We discussed the next-generation Registration Data Directory Services (RDDS) and how the transition to Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP) will help support the complexity required now and in the future for handling of domain name registration data. All contracted parties are now required to implement RDAP. In the coming months, ICANN org will work with the contracted parties to define more robustly the RDAP service requirements and the eventual transition from WHOIS protocol to RDAP as the protocol of record for domain name registration data.

Sunday 8 September - We began the day by holding a public Board Meeting. During the meeting, we passed several resolutions, including:

Maarten and Becky then led a discussion on the progress made by the CCWG on Auction Proceeds, followed by a short update on the Board Skills Matrix. After lunch, the Board met to discuss its leadership slate. I have already posted a blog on 9 September 2019, summarising the outcome of that discussion. I will publish an update on the FY20 Board Activities and Priorities ahead of ICANN66, much like I did last year.  

The next Board workshop will be held on 1-3 November 2019 in Montreal.


    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."