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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

ICANN organization Attendees: Franco Carrasco (Board Operations Specialist), Casandra Furey (Associate General Counsel), John Jeffrey (General Counsel and Secretary), Elizabeth Le (Associate General Counsel), and Amy Stathos (Deputy General Counsel)


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

  1. Pre-Approval for Legal Expenditures relating to Dispute Resolution Matters - The BAMC reviewed and discussed a request to approve a tranche of money for two Independent Review Process (IRP) matters to cover for certain legal fees and IRP panel fees. The BAMC indicated that the explanation regarding the source of funding be included in the proposed resolution and/or rationale. Following discussion, the BAMC approved a recommendation to the Board for approval of a tranche of funds to be used for the two matters.

    • Action: ICANN org to prepare relevant Board materials.
  2. Discussion re .GCC Independent Review Process – The BAMC discussed next steps following the Governmental Advisory Committee's (GAC) response regarding its rationale for the GAC Advice relating to the .GCC application. Following discussion, the BAMC approved a recommendation to the Board about the application and ask org to prepare a draft for the BAMC's consideration.

    • Action: ICANN org to prepare relevant Board materials and send to BAMC for review first.
  3. Update re IRP Standing Panel Selection – The BAMC received a status update on the composition of the omnibus IRP Standing Panel. The org reported that an external firm has been chosen to provide consulting services to the IRP Community Representatives Group in their work for selecting and nominating a set of candidates for Board approval.

Published on 08 June 2022

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."