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Minutes | Board Finance Committee (BFC)

BFC Attendees: Sébastien Bachollet, Cherine Chalaby (Chair), Chris Disspain, and George Sadowsky

Other Board Attendees: Steve Crocker

Staff Members Present: Akram Atallah – Chief Operating Officer, Xavier Calvez – Chief Financial Officer, Megan Bishop, Michelle Bright, Amy Stathos, and Elizabeth Le


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

  1. Automated Registrar Onboarding System (AROS) Contract Agreement Approval - Staff presented the BFC with a proposal to contract with Solution Street to build the Automated Registrar Onboarding System on top of the Salesforce.com platform. The tool provides Registrars with a consistent user interface for managing Information about their Registrar and when requesting accreditation by (primarily) Generic Top-Level Domain Registries, a workspace in which Registries can manage accreditation requests from Registrars, and an administrative interface that allows an ICANN-designated Administrator to manage the AROS system. Once the tool is built, ICANN will own the resulting code and intellectual property. The estimated cost of the proposed contract (including license) is $650,450. The costs will be spent in FY14. The item will appear as a capitalized cost on the balance sheet and amortized over approximately three years of usage. The BFC approved a recommendation to the Board that the contract be approved at the next Board meeting as part of the consent agenda.
    • Action:
      • Staff to forward the recommendation to the Board as part of the consent agenda with the rationale.

Published on 22 June 2014

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."