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Minutes | Board Accountability Mechanisms Committee (BAMC) Meeting

Board Accountability Mechanisms Committee (BAMC) Attendees: Becky Burr, Sarah Deutsch, Chris Disspain (Chair), León Sanchez,

Other Board Member Attendees: Cherine Chalaby

BAMC Member Apologies: Mike Silber

ICANN Organization Attendees: Michelle Bright (Director, Board Operations), John Jeffrey (General Counsel and Secretary), Aaron Jimenez (Board Operations Senior Coordinator), Tarek Kamel (Sr. Advisor to President & SVP, Government and IGO Engagement), Elizabeth Le (Associate General Counsel), Lisa Saulino (Board Operations Senior Coordinator), and Amy Stathos (Deputy General Counsel)


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

  1. Reconsideration Request 18-8 The Committee received a briefing on Reconsideration Request 18-8, which was submitted by Afilias Domains No. 3 Ltd. (Requestor), seeking reconsideration of ICANN organization's response to the Requestor's request for documents, pursuant to ICANN's Documentary Information Disclosure Policy (DIDP), relating to the .WEB contention set. The Requestor claims that, in declining to produce certain requested documents, ICANN org violated the DIDP and its Core Values and commitments established in the Bylaws concerning transparency and openness. Pursuant to Article 4, Section 4.2(l) of the Bylaws, ICANN org transmitted Request 18-8 to the Ombudsman for consideration, and the Ombudsman recused himself. After discussion, the BAMC determined that ICANN org adhered to established policies and procedures in its DIDP Response and did not violate its commitments established in the Bylaws concerning transparency and openness. The BAMC agreed that the draft recommendation should be revised to incorporate one change and then circulate to the BAMC for its consideration.
    • Action: ICANN org to revise draft recommendation and circulate to BAMC for its consideration.
  2. Update re next steps on Asia Green IT System Bilgisayar San. ve Tic. Ltd. Sti. (AGIT) v. ICANN IRP Final Declaration (.HALAL/.ISLAM) and Gulf Corporation Council (GCC) v. ICANN Independent Review Process (IRP) Final Declaration (.PERSIANGULF) The Committee discussed the next steps that the Board has requested the BAMC to take related to these two IRP matters. The BAMC requested that it be provided with possible options of next steps for consideration by the BAMC in order for the Committee to make its recommendations to the Board, by ICANN 63, if feasible.
    • Action: ICANN org to provide recommended options of paths forward to the BAMC for its consideration.
  3. Update on Pending Reconsideration Requests relating to Community Priority Evaluation (CPE) The BAMC received an update on the pending Reconsideration Requests relating to CPE, including the status of remaining oral presentation to be presented to the BAMC as requested by the Requestors.
  4. Litigation Update The BAMC received a litigation update.

Published on 30 August 2018

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."