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Audit Committee (AC) Meeting Minutes

AC Attendees:  Bill Graham, Olga Madruga-Forti, Erika Mann – Chair, Gonzalo Navarro and Ray Plzak

Other Board Attendees:  Sébastien Bachollet, Steve Crocker, George Sadowsky and Mike Silber

ICANN Executives and Staff Attendees: Susanna Bennett  (Chief Operating Officer), Megan Bishop (Board Support Coordinator), Michelle Bright (Board Support Manager), Xavier Calvez (Chief Financial Officer), John Jeffrey (General Counsel and Secretary), and Amy Stathos (Deputy General Counsel).

Invited Guests: Rinalia Abdul Rahim


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

Auditor Selection Process – Staff provided an update on status of auditor selection process for the FY14 audit, including the RFP (request for proposal) process, response received, and nature of those responses. Staff further provided a report as to how the proposals were evaluated by a team of staff members, and on what factors they were evaluated, including overall capabilities of the firm, professional team assigned, proposal methodology, understanding of assignments, costs and references. Staff recommended that the committee follow the ranking of the proposals and make a recommendation for Board approval, subject to staff conducting the reference checks of the top ranked firm. If the reference check identifies information that staff believes would eliminate the top ranked firm, then staff will return to the AC for further discussion. Staff also provided a brief report on next steps leading up to, and after, the new audit firm is engaged.

  • Actions:

    • Staff to conduct reference check on top ranked firm

    • Subject to reference check, staff to draft resolution for Board approval

Published on 20 June 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""icann.org"" is not an IDN."