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Minutes | Board Accountability Mechanisms Committee (BAMC) Meeting

BAMC Attendees: Becky Burr, Avri Doria, Mandla Msimang, Nigel Roberts, and León Sánchez (Chair)

BAMC Apologies: Sarah Deutsch and Chris Disspain

ICANN Org Attendees: Franco Carrasco (Board Operations Specialist), Casandra Furey (Associate General Counsel), John Jeffery (General Counsel & Secretary), Wendy Profit (Board Operations Senior Manager), Jennifer Scott (Senior Counsel), Amy Stathos (Deputy General Counsel), and Russ Weinstein (Senior Director, gTLD Accounts & Services)

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

  1. Procedural Evaluation of Reconsideration Request 20-1 (Namecheap, Inc.) – The BAMC conducted a procedural evaluation of Reconsideration Request 20-1 from Namecheap, Inc. to determine if it was sufficiently stated as required under the Bylaws. Two BAMC members – Becky Burr and Nigel Roberts – recused themselves from the discussion and subsequent vote on the evaluation out of an abundance of caution. After having read and considered all of the materials, the BAMC determined that three of the four claims contained in the request should be summarily dismissed for not being sufficiently stated as set forth in the Bylaws. The remaining claim will proceed to an evaluation on its merits pursuant to the standard Reconsideration Request process.

    • Actions: ICANN org to publish the partial summary dismissal and notify the requester, as well as prepare the remaining claim for next steps in the Reconsideration Request review process.

Published on 30 March 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"""" is not an IDN."