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Minutes | Special Meeting of the ICANN Board

A Special Meeting of the ICANN Board of Directors was held on 8 November 2013 at 19:00 UTC.

Steve Crocker, Chair, promptly called the meeting to order.

The following Directors participated in all or part of the meeting: Sébastien Bachollet, Fadi Chehadé (President and CEO), Cherine Chalaby, Chris Disspain, Bill Graham, Gonzalo Navarro, Ray Plzak, George Sadowsky, Mike Silber, and Bruce Tonkin (Vice Chair). Bertrand de La Chapelle, Olga Madruga-Forti, Erika Mann, and Kuo-Wei Wu sent apologies.

The following Board Liaisons participated in all or part of the meeting: Heather Dryden (GAC Liaison), Ram Mohan (SSAC Liaison), and Jonne Soininen (IETF Liaison). Francisco da Silva (TLG Liaison) and Suzanne Woolf (RSSAC Liaison).

The following ICANN Executives and Staff participated in all or part of the meeting: Susanna Bennett (Chief Operating Officer), Sally Costerton (Sr. Advisor to the President – Global Stakeholder Engagement), John Jeffrey (General Counsel and Secretary), Karine Perset (Sr. Director of Board Support), and Theresa Swinehart (Sr. Advisor to the President on Strategy).

Secretary: John Jeffrey (General Counsel & Secretary).

  1. Update from CEO – Internet Coordination Efforts


  1. Update from CEO – Internet Coordination Efforts

    The Board received an update from the CEO regarding the ongoing work following from the 28 September 2013 resolution of the Board regarding Internet coordination efforts, and how this work could continue into ICANN Buenos Aires meeting. The Board agreed that this would be an appropriate time to make the 28 September 2013 resolution public.

    The Board agreed to further discuss these coordination efforts during its meetings in Buenos Aires.

    No resolutions were taken.

    The Chair then called the meeting to a close.

Published on 10 February 2014

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."