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Minutes | Board Accountability Mechanisms Committee (BAMC) Meeting

Board Accountability Mechanisms Committee (BAMC) Attendees: Becky Burr, Chris Disspain, Avri Doria, Nigel Roberts and León Sanchez (Chair)

BAMC Apologies: Sarah Deutsch and Mandla Msimang

Other Board Member Attendees: Maarten Botterman, Lito Ibarra, Merike Käo, Matthew Shears and Tripti Sinha

ICANN Organization Attendees: Franco Carrasco (Board Operations Specialist), John Jeffrey (General Counsel and Secretary), Vinciane Koenigsfeld (Senior Director, Board Operations), Elizabeth Le (Associate General Counsel) and Amy Stathos (Deputy General Counsel)


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

  1. Electronic Frontier Foundation's Oral Presentation to the BAMC re Reconsideration Request 19-3 – Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) made a presentation to the BAMC regarding Reconsideration Request 19-3. EFF's presentation materials have been published at https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/reconsideration-19-3-electronic-frontier-request-2019-08-01-en. Several BAMC members asked EFF follow-up questions, seeking further information and clarification regarding EFF's claims, positions, and requested remedies. After the EFF presentation, the BAMC discussed timing and further discussion needed in order to make a recommendation on Request 19-3, as well as the the scope of the issues presented in Request 19-3.

    • Action:

      • BAMC to consider all information provided and make a recommendation to the Board regarding Reconsideration Request 19-3.

Published on 14 February 2020

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."