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Board Finance Committee (BFC) Meeting Minutes

BFC Attendees: Rajasekhar Ramaraj – Chair; Sébastien Bachollet; Cherine Chalaby; George Sadowsky

Apologies: Gonzalo Navarro (Observer); Katim Touray (Observer)

Other Board Attendees: Steve Crocker

Staff Members Present: Akram Atallah – Chief Operating Officer; Kurt Pritz – Senior Vice President, Services; Juan Ojeda, Diane Schroeder and Amy Stathos


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

  1. FY12 Draft Operating Plan and Budget: The BFC discussed the draft FY12 Operating Plan and Budget that is scheduled for posting on 17 May 2011. The staff provided explanations relating to assumptions on the new gTLD program, salaries, meeting the ATRT recommendations and the ongoing reviews arising out of the Affirmation of Commitments and how those assumptions are reflected within the budget.

    • Actions:

      • Prior to posting, staff to revise the summary to reflect the BFC comments regarding the explanation of changes to the budget. The revised summary will be circulated to BFC members for review.

      • Staff to schedule the BFC meeting at the Istanbul retreat to allow for three hours of discussion of budget-related issues, including a thorough review of the proposed budget to meet the ATRT recommendations.

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."