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Board Finance Committee (BFC) Minutes

Board Finance Committee (BFC) members present: Raimundo Beca, Steve Crocker, Dennis Jennings, Rajasekhar Ramaraj - (Chair), and Bruce Tonkin.

Staff members present: Doug Brent, Samantha Eisner, Diane Schroeder, and Amy Stathos and Kevin Wilson


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

  • Unanimously approved previous BFC meeting minutes.
  • Received update on the FY10 Operating Plan and Budget Status; discussed competing requests for reduction in Registrar Transactional Fees and increases in travel support funding. Action: Staff will provide additional information to committee regarding budget impact based upon received feedback including increased travel support, reduction in registrar fees, and more support costs.
  • Received and discussed update on cost analyses by stakeholder interest area; discussed new reporting mechanisms, and CFO reports that will produce detailed information for committee on methodology of new reporting forms. Also discussed IDN costing analysis. Action: Staff to continue to modify cost reporting methodology, provide draft of paper analyzing cost analyses.
  • Received update on Investment Policy and performance of investment fund since Mexico City including answers to specific questions asked by BFC in Mexicio City CFO reported that investments gained approximately US$1million in March 2009. Action: Staff will review proposals to review Investment Policy and will present to BFC basis for selection and scope of work to BFC.
  • Received update on Seoul meeting budget and unanimously voted to recommend that the Board approve revised budget of $1.99 million which included items previously considered outside of the Board approved meetings budget such as fellows and ALAC.
  • Discussed timing of May BFC meeting.
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."