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Agenda for Dakar Board Meeting

Consent Agenda

  1. Minutes of 11 October 2011
  2. Endorsement of Internationalized Domain Names Guidelines Revision –
  3. Security and Stability Advisory Committee Membership Actions
    1. Security and Stability Advisory Committee Member Reappointments
    2. Appointment of Greg Aaron and Lyman Chapin to the Security & Stability Advisory Committee
  4. Recommendations on Post Expiration Domain Name Recovery
  5. At-Large Review Implementation Interim Report
  6. Technical Relations Working Group Final Report
  7. DNS Security Framework Working Group – Membership & Charter
  8. Membership of Board-Government Advisory Committee Working Group
  9. Posting of Expert’s Report on Board Compensation
  10. Thank You
    1. Community Volunteers
    2. Security & Stability Advisory Committee:
      1. Thank You from Security and Stability Advisory Committee to Patrick Vande Walle
      2. Thank You from Security and Stability Advisory Committee to Harald Alvestrand
    3. Directors & Liaisons

Main Agenda

  1. Joint Applicant Support
  2. Budget request – new gTLD Communication Plan
  3. Recommendations from Security and Stability Advisory Committee Report on Whois Terminology & Structure (SAC051)
  4. Updates –
    1. Ethics & Conflicts Review
    2. Accountability & Transparency Review Team Recommendations
  5. Issues Arising from the Meeting
  6. Other Business

Agenda – Dakar Organizational Meeting – 28 October

  1. Election of Board Chairman
  2. Election of Board Vice-Chairman
  3. Appointment of Membership of Board Committees
  4. Confirmation of Officers of ICANN
  5. Other Business
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."