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Minutes | Board Finance Committee (BFC) Meeting

BFC Attendees: Cherine Chalaby, Asha Hemrajani (Chair), Markus Kummer, George Sadowsky, and Lousewies van der Laan

BFC Member Apologies: Becky Burr and Ron da Silva

ICANN Executives and Staff Attendees: Susanna Bennett (SVP & Chief Operating Officer), Michelle Bright (Board Operations Content Manager), Xavier Calvez (Chief Financial Officer), Vinciane Koenigsfeld (Board Operations Content Manager), Elizabeth Le (Senior Counsel), Goran Marby (President & Chief Executive Officer), Becky Nash (VP, Finance), Wendy Profit (Board Operations Specialist), and Amy Stathos (Deputy General Counsel)

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

  1. Draft FY18 Operating Plan and Budget (FY18 OP&B) – The BFC reviewed the revised draft FY18 OP&B, which has been updated to account for the discussion at the BFC meeting on 2 March 2017. The revised draft FY18 OP&B shows a balanced budget of US$142.8 million for ICANN Operations including PTI, with a contingency of US$6 million. The BFC approved the publication of the revised draft FY18 OP&B for public comment.

Published on 16 May 2017

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"""" is not an IDN."