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Agenda | Regular Meeting of the ICANN Board

Consent Agenda

  • Approval of Board Meeting Minutes from 21 October 2015 and 22 October 2015 and Approval of Final New gTLD Program Committee Meeting Minutes from 18 October 2015
  • RSSAC Co-Chair Appointments
  • Redelegation of the .TG domain representing Togo to the Autorite de Reglementation des Secteurs de Postes et de Telecommunications (ART&P)
  • Delegation of the .ею ("eu") domain representing the European Union in Cyrillic script to EURid vzw/asbl
  • Delegation of the .澳門 ("Macao") domain representing Macao in Traditional Chinese script to the Bureau of Telecommunications Regulation (DSRT)

Main Agenda

  • Consideration of Independent Review Panel's Final Declaration in Merck kGaA v. ICANN
  • Reconsideration Requests 15-19 (the ICANN Business Constituency & the ICANN Noncommercial Stakeholder Group) and 15-20 (The Internet Commerce Association)
  • Consideration of Expert Determination Re: Objection to Application for .HOSPITAL
  • Ombudsman Report Regarding Complaint by Hu Yi Global Information Resources (applicant for .招聘 ("recruitment" in Chinese))
  • GAC Advice: Dublin Communiqué (October 2015)
  • Board Governance Committee Recommendation Regarding Implementation of Public Interest Commitments for .DOCTOR Registry Agreement
  • Establishing a Set of KPIs for Board Performance and Improvement Efforts (ATRT2 Rec. 1,2 & 3)
  • USG IANA Stewardship Transition – Additional FY16 Expenses and Funding
  • AOB

Executive Session

Published on 27 January 2016

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."