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Minutes – Audit Committee (AC) Meeting

AC Attendees: Harald Alvestrand, Steve Crocker, Dennis Jennings and Rita Rodin Johnston – Chair

Staff members present: Akram Atallah – Chief Operating Officer; John Jeffrey – General Counsel and Secretary; Kevin Wilson – Chief Financial Officer; Juan Ojeda, Diane Schroeder and Amy Stathos


The following is a summary of discussion, actions taken and actions identified:

  1. Minutes:  Approved the minutes of the 24 August 2010 and 23 September 2010 meetings.

  2. Audited Financials: Received an overview from Staff on the process followed to prepare the audited financials, from the engagement of the independent auditor through the fieldwork and meetings between the Audit Committee and the independent auditor.  The AC then reviewed the audited financials as one of its multiple reviews prior to publication and raised questions to staff regarding items within the audited financials. 

    • Actions:

      • Staff to post audited financials on ICANN website pursuant to the Bylaws,

      • Staff to post a finance blog with an update to the FY10 finances in review.

      • Staff to provide report at AC’s next meeting regarding terms in ICANN contracts for mitigating risks of revenue being withheld.

      • Staff to provide report on diversification of revenue to the appropriate Board committee.

      • Staff to provide note to AC regarding whether a statement from AC chair needs to be posted with the audited financials.

  3. Report to Board: Discussed the contents of the AC report to the Board at the 28 October 2010 Board meeting, and identified that a template for content would be of assistance.

    • Actions:

      • Staff to provide AC Chair with outline of proposed AC Presentation to Board, incorporating items identified by AC during meeting.

      • AC Chair to revise staff outline and circulate to AC members for comment prior to Board meeting.

  4. Agenda for Next Meeting: Discussed proposed agenda for next AC meeting, and agreed on the following actions to be taken in preparation:

    • Actions:

      • Controller to provide observations to AC at a future meeting on items he has identified as done well and those needing improvement.

      • Staff to provide briefing on steps to select new financial system, including functionality.

      • Provide AC with draft preliminary report on internal audit function.

      • Staff to prepare review of candidate profiles received for the volunteer financial expert to Audit Committee.

      • Invite auditors to next AC meeting.

      • Coordinate Executive Committee session with CFO.

      • Prepare AC plans for FY11 to queue up AC activities.

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."