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Board Finance Committee Minutes

The Board Finance Committee convened a meeting on 18 November 2008 17:30 UTC.

Committee members present: Raimundo Beca, Dennis Jennings, Steve Crocker, Rajasekhar Ramaraj (Chair).

Highlights of the actions completed, discussions held, and actions initiated include:

  • Approved minutes for the October BFC meeting. Steve Crocker abstained due to being a new member of the BFC.
  • Discussed the feedback received from the community on the new gTLD fee structure as set forth in the 1 st draft applicant guidebook. Action: Requested staff to prepare a summary of the feedback as well as draft responses to be used for BFC discussion at the January 2009 meeting.
  • Discussed the proposed functional reporting for ICANN. Action: Requested staff to add overhead details, clarify content of each category, and update with actual YTD information. Prepare for public posting.
  • Discussed the status of the international currency exchange (FX) hedging project. Action: Requested staff to update and send the FX Board submission paper to the BFC for review and then to the Board for action at its next meeting.
  • Discussed the status of the preparation of the FY08 IRS Form 990. The FY08 Form 990 will be filed before the IRS deadlines. Noted that a new Form 990 which may require Board approval before posting is only applicable for the FY09 year. Action: Staff will prepare notification and education materials for the BFC, audit committee and/or Board in regards to the new Form 990.
  • Discussed the schedule of meetings and project list for the BFC for calendar year 2009. Action: Requested staff to prepare a docket aligning the projects with the specific meetings.
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."