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Minutes | Board Accountability Mechanisms Committee (BAMC) Meeting

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

BAMC Apologies: Sarah Deutsch

ICANN Org Attendees: Michelle Bright (Board Content Coordination Director), Franco Carrasco (Board Operations Specialist), Casandra Furey (Associate General Counsel), John Jeffery (General Counsel & Secretary), Elizabeth Le (Associate General Counsel), Jennifer Scott (Senior Counsel), and Amy Stathos (Deputy General Counsel)


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

  1. Evaluation of Reconsideration Request 20-1 (Namecheap, Inc.) – The BAMC evaluated the remaining claim in Reconsideration Request 20-1 in which Namecheap, Inc. "seeks reconsideration of the ICANN Board's and Staff's lack of transparency insofar as the Requestor alleges that ICANN org has not disclosed the criteria that it will use to evaluate the [PIR] Change of Control Request and is not applying a 2002 Report of the Dot Org Task Force (the 2002 DNSO Policy Guidelines) to the Change of Control Request." BAMC member Nigel Roberts recused himself from the discussion and subsequent vote on the evaluation out of an abundance of caution. The Committee Chair reported that Sarah Deutsch also would have recused herself out of an abudance of caution had she attended and therefore she chose not to attend. After having read and considered all of the materials, including the ICANN Ombudsman's evaluation of the request, the BAMC concluded that the ICANN Board and Staff have not violated ICANN's Commitment to transparency, ICANN's Commitment to apply documented policies consistently, or ICANN's established policies in relation to the Change of Control Request. The BAMC suggested some revisions to the Recommendation, and recommend that the Board deny Reconsideration Request 20-1 subject to those revisions
    • Actions: ICANN org to ensure revisions suggested by BAMC members are made to the Recommendation, then publish the BAMC's Recommendation and notify the requester.

Published on 05 May 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."