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Agenda | Regular Meeting of the ICANN Board

Consent Agenda:

  • Approval of Board Meeting Minutes
    • 04 FEBRUARY 2018
  • Outsource Service Provider Zensar Contract Approval
  • New GNSO Voting Thresholds to address post-transition roles and responsibilities of the GNSO as a Decisional Participant in the Empowered Community - Proposed Changes to ICANN Bylaws
  • Initiating the Second Review of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO)
  • Transfer of the .TD (Chad) top-level domain to l'Agence de Développement des Technologies de l'Information et de la Communication (ADETIC)
  • Thank You to Local Host of ICANN 61 Meeting
  • Thank You to Sponsors of ICANN 61 Meeting
  • Thank you to Interpreters, Staff, Event and Hotel Teams of ICANN 61 Meeting

Main Agenda

  • Next Steps in Community Priority Evaluation Process Review
  • Further Consideration of the Gulf Cooperation Council Independent Review Process Final Declarations
  • Consideration of the Asia Green IT System Independent Review Process Final Declaration
  • Board approval of appointment of the independent auditor for the fiscal year ending 30 June 2018
  • Any Other Business

Published on 08 March 2018

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."