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Schedule Update for GAC/Board Sessions

As communicated earlier today, there was no GAC-Board meeting this afternoon at 4PM. The Board and GAC continue to work separately. The Board continues its review of the exchange of information, and is considering the recent community inputs as well as transcripts from the recent public session.

The GAC came to the session today with a lot of ideas and the Board is taking time to process them all. This schedule change should not be seen as an indication of disagreement, but rather a reflection of the volume of work that is being completed and processed in a short period of time.

The Board will be available to receive additional comments from the community tomorrow, Wednesday. The goal of tomorrow’s session will be to receive additional comments on the pending issues. Comments that were made during the previous session have already been noted and do not need to be restated. Written statements that have been provided by the SOs, ACs, and stakeholder groups will be posted and considered by the Board. Statements do not need to be read into the record.

The next new gTLD sessions are currently scheduled as follows:

New gTLD Program: Discussion of Issues Identified by Governmental Advisory Committee, Wed 16 Mar 2011 at 9:00 in the Grand Ballroom. The Wednesday session is scheduled for 09:00 – 12:00 but may be shortened, depending upon comments, to allow more time to work on preparation for the Board / GAC discussions.

The Board/GAC consultation will continue on Thursday 17 March 2011 at 0900 in the Grand Ballroom, and will be open to observers.

Comments

    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."