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Audit Committee (AC) Meeting Minutes

AC Attendees: Erika Mann – Chair; Bill Graham; Gonzalo Navarro and Judith

Other Board Attendees: Steve

Staff Attendees: Akram Atallah – Chief Operating Officer; Xavier Calvez – Chief Financial Officer; John Jeffrey – General Counsel and Secretary; Shawn Capistrano, Samantha Eisner, Amy Stathos and Alina

Invited Attendees: Two representatives from the Independent Audit Firm of Moss


  1. Review of Report of Independent Auditors: The AC had a discussion with the Independent Auditors to complete the required communications with the Independent Auditors. The AC discussed ICANN's public support requirement for the purposes of its tax-exempt status. The AC also discussed with the Independent Auditors how ICANN can prepare for the implementation of new standards that will come into effect in 2016.

    • Action:

      • Staff to provide reporting to the AC on the calculations of public support

      • Staff to follow up with AC member regarding question of how AC may interact with tax

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."