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Agenda | Regular Meeting of the ICANN Board

Consent Agenda:

  • Approval of Board Meeting Minutes
  • Security and Stability Advisory Committee Appointment
  • Approval of GNSO Business Constituency Charter Amendments 
  • Consideration of the Board Governance Committee’s Revised Recommendation on Reconsideration Requests 13-16 and 14-10 
  • Consideration of the Board Governance Committee’s Recommendation on Reconsideration Request 17-1
  • March 2019 ICANN Meeting Venue Contracting
  • November 2019 ICANN Meeting Venue Contracting
  • Delegation of eight Internationalized Domain Names representing India to the National Internet exchange of India (NIXI)
  • Thank you to Local Host of ICANN 59 Meeting
  • Thank you to Sponsors of ICANN 59 Meeting
  • Thank you to Interpreters, Staff, Event and Hotel Teams of ICANN 59 Meeting

Main Agenda

  • FY18 Operating Plan and Budget, the FY18 IANA Budget and the FY18 Five-Year Operating Plan Update Approval
  • Consideration of Board Advice Register SSAC recommendations from SAC062, SAC063, SAC064, SAC065, SAC070, and SAC073
  • .NET Registry Agreement Renewal
  • AOB

Published 16 June 2017

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."