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Minutes | Audit Committee (AC) Meeting

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

Other Board member attendees: Peter Dengate Thrush and Rajasekhar Ramaraj

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

Guests: External Auditors and Internal Auditors


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

  1. Finance System Replacement (FSR): Staff reported on the process used to identify a new finance system that would help enhance functionality, product support, internal controls, is scalable and is supportive of internationalization goals. Staff explained that significant research went into selecting the appropriate system and that procurement guidelines were followed as required.

    • Action: Staff to discuss more details of the FSR project with the Chair of the Finance Committee.

  2. Minutes: Approved the minutes of the 18 October 2010 meeting.

  3. External Auditor’s Report: The External Auditor’s made their required communications to the Committee on the FY10 audited financials.

  4. Internal Auditor’s Report: The company performing ICANN’s internal audit function provided a report to the Committee.

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."