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Minutes | Board Accountability Mechanisms Committee (BAMC) Meeting

BAMC Attendees: Alan Barrett, Becky Burr, Edmon Chung, Sarah Deutsch, Patricio Poblete, León Sánchez and Katrina Sataki

Other Board Member Attendees: Manal Ismail and Göran Marby

ICANN organization Attendees: Aaron Jimenez (Board Operations Specialist), John Jeffrey (General Counsel and Secretary), Elizabeth Le (Deputy General Counsel), and Amy Stathos (Deputy General Counsel)


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

  1. Request for Urgent Consideration of Reconsideration Request 21-3: Dot Hip Hop LLC: Edmon Chung recused himself from the discussion and consideration of Reconsideration Request 21-3 (Request 21-3), noting potential conflicts. The BAMC received a briefing on Request 21-3 submitted by Dot Hip Hop, LLC (Requestor), challenging alleged ICANN staff inaction on a request for assignment of the .HIPHOP generic top-level domain (gTLD) from the current registry holder, UNR Co. (UNR), to the Requestor. The Requestor asks that Request 21-3 be considered on an urgent basis pursuant to Article 4, Section 4.2(s) of the ICANN Bylaws, instead of the regular time frame of the reconsideration process. The Requestor claims that urgent reconsideration is warranted because "[i]t has been more than four . . . months since the original assignment request" and it is "being economically harmed every day that approval is not given" by ICANN Staff.1 Section 4.2(s) of the ICANN Bylaws provides for urgent reconsideration, but only if the requestor believes that the Board action or inaction for which reconsideration is sought is so urgent that the timing requirements for a standard reconsideration process are too long. The BAMC determined that Request 21-3 does not qualify for urgent consideration because the Requestor is seeking reconsideration of staff inaction, not Board action or inaction. Reflecting that the Bylaws do not provide for urgent reconsideration in this case, and noting that the Requestor concedes that Request 21-3 does not qualify for urgent consideration, the BAMC concluded that Request 21-3 must be rejected. The BAMC noted that its determination is limited to its assessment of whether Request 21-3 meets the requirements for urgent reconsideration, and that a substantive review of the merits of the Requestor's claims is beyond the scope of the BAMC's determination. Request 21-3 will be processed under the regular time frame of the Reconsideration process.

    • Action: ICANN org to notify Requestor and continue processing Request 21-3 in accordance with the normal timeline of the reconsideration process.

Published on 04 February 2022


1 Reconsideration Request 21-3, § 3, https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/files/reconsideration-21-3-dot-hip-hop-request-redacted-14dec21-en.pdf.

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."