Skip to main content
Resources

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 and Göran Marby

BAMC Member Apologies: Mike Silber

ICANN Organization Attendees: Akram Atallah (President, Global Domains Division) Michelle Bright (Director, Board Operations), Franco Carrasco (Board Operations Specialist), Casandra Furey (Associate General Counsel), John Jeffrey (General Counsel and Secretary), Aaron Jimenez (Board Operations Senior Coordinator), Tarek Kamel (Sr. Advisor to President & SVP, Government and IGO Engagement), Vinciane Koenigsfeld (Director, Board Operations), Elizabeth Le (Associate General Counsel), Lisa Saulino (Board Operations Senior Coordinator), Amy Stathos (Deputy General Counsel), and Theresa Swinehart (SVP, Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives)

Invited Guests: Requestor of Reconsideration Request 16-12


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

  1. Oral Presentation by Requestor of Reconsideration Request 16-12: Merck KGaA Requestor of Reconsideration Request 16-12 presented to the BAMC regarding Request 16-12. The Chair of the BAMC advised the Requestor that the Committee will take the arguments made in the presentation into consideration as part of its review of the Request 16-12, which the Committee will undertake at another meeting.
  2. Consideration of the .HALAL and .ISLAM, Applications The BAMC discussed the possible options for the .HALAL and .ISLAM applications. The BAMC decided that further discussions are needed and anticipates on making recommendations to Board for its consideration by the ICANN 63 meeting. The BAMC asked ICANN org to prepare a briefing document regarding the options for its discussion on these matters at the September Board Workshop.

    • Action: ICANN org to prepare a briefing document regarding the options for the .HALAL and .ISLAM applications.

  3. Consideration of the .PERSIANGULF Application - The BAMC discussed the possible options for the .PERSIANGULF application. The BAMC decided that further discussions are needed and anticipates on making a recommendation to Board for its consideration by the ICANN 63 meeting. The BAMC asked ICANN org to prepare a briefing document regarding the options for its discussion on this matter at the September Board Workshop.

    • Action: ICANN org to prepare a briefing document regarding the options for the .PERSIANGULF application.
  4. Litigation Update The BAMC received a litigation update.

Published on 12 September 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."