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Minutes | Board Accountability Mechanisms Committee (BAMC) Meeting

Board Accountability Mechanisms Committee (BAMC) Attendees: Sarah Deutsch, Chris Disspain (Chair), León Sanchez, and Mike Silber

Other Board Member Attendees: Cherine Chalaby and Avri Doria

BAMC Member Apologies: Becky Burr

Observers: Nigel Roberts

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)


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

  1. Further Consideration of the Asia Green IT System Bilgisayar San. ve Tic. Ltd. Sti. (AGIT) v. ICANN IRP Final Declaration (.HALAL/.ISLAM) – The BAMC reviewed the background on AGIT's applications for the .HALAL and .ISLAM strings to date. The BAMC noted that it has evaluated this matter at more than one prior BAMC meeting and has discussed the issues at length both at the BAMC level and at the Board level. The BAMC reviewed the actions and materials that the Committee has taken into consideration in its independent analysis of this matter, including consideration all of the relevant materials from all those that have provided support for and have objected to the applications, as well as the Independent Review Process Panel Declaration. Upon further discussion, the BAMC agreed to recommend that the Board direct the President and CEO to take all steps necessary that the pending applications for .HALAL and .ISLAM not proceed.

    • Action: ICANN org to prepare materials for Board consideration.

  2. Further Consideration of the Gulf Corporation Council (GCC) v. ICANN Independent Review Process (IRP) Final Declarations (.PERSIANGULF) - The BAMC reviewed the background on AGIT's application for the .PERSIANGULF string to date. The BAMC noted that it has evaluated this matter at several prior BAMC meetings and has discussed the issues at length both at the BAMC level and at the Board level. The BAMC also noted that it had concluded the required consultation with those Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) members that objected to the application, as the Board directed the BAMC to do earlier this year, as if the GAC had provided non-consensus advice relating to .PERSIANGULF pursuant to the relevant provisions of the Applicant Guidebook. The BAMC reviewed the actions and materials that the Committee has taken into consideration in its independent analysis of this matter, including consideration all of the relevant materials from all those that have provided support for and have objected to the application, as well as the Independent Review Process Panel Declarations. Upon discussion, the BAMC agreed to recommend that the Board adopt the portion of the IRP Panel's recommendation that the application for .PERSIANGULF submitted in the current new gTLD round not proceed.

    • Action: ICANN org to prepare materials for Board consideration.

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."