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Minutes | Board Finance Committee (BFC)

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

BFC Member Apologies: Bruno Lanvin

Other Board Member Attendees: Steve Crocker

ICANN Executive and Staff Member Attendees: Susanna Bennett (Chief Operating Officer), Megan Bishop (Board Support Coordinator), Xavier Calvez (Chief Financial Officer), John Jeffrey (General Counsel and Secretary), Elizabeth Le (Senior Counsel), Karine Perset (Sr. Director of Board Support), and Amy Stathos (Deputy General Counsel)


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

  1. Review of the ICANN Investment Policy – The BFC reviewed the Investment Policy and discussed proposed language changes to the Policy. The BFC approved a recommendation that the Board adopt the Investment Policy as modified.
    • Action: Staff to prepare a proposed resolution for Board consideration.
  2. ATRT2 Recommendations – The BFC discussed ATRT2 Recommendation 12 related to ICANN operations and finance and discussed next steps.
    • Action: Staff to provide more information re: resources and milestones for full Board presentation in London.
  3. Recommendation to Board approval of SO/AC Additional Budget Request No. 35 - AFRALO – The BFC discussed the funding of SO/AC additional budget request No. 35 from AFRALO. The request falls within the IGF's scope of themes and ICANN's strategic plan. The BFC approved a recommendation that the Board approve the funding of this budget request.
    • Actions:
      • Staff to prepare a proposed resolution for Board consideration.

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."