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Minutes | Board Finance Committee (BFC) Meeting

BFC Attendees: Maarten Botterman, Ron da Silva (Chair), and Khaled Koubaa, George Sadowsky

Other Board Member Attendees: Cherine Chalaby, Lito Ibarra, and Göran Marby

BFC Member Apologies: Chris Disspain

Invited Observers: Danko Jevtovic and Tripti Sinha

ICANN Org Attendees: Michelle Bright (Board Content Coordination Director), Xavier Calvez (Chief Financial Officer), Aaron Jimenez (Board Operations Sr. Coordinator), Vinciane Koenigsfeld (Director, Board Operations), Elizabeth Le (Associate General Counsel), Wendy Profit (Manager, Board Operations), Lisa Saulino (Board Operations Sr. Coordinator), and Amy Stathos (Deputy General Counsel)


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

  1. BFC Work Plan – The BFC reviewed the Committee's work plan, which is on target.
  2. Reserve Fund Replenishment Strategy – The BFC reviewed the efforts to date regarding the Reserve Fund Replenishment Strategy. The current phase is the consideration of the Replenishment Strategy for recommendation to the Board for approval. Following adoption by the Board, the next stage will be the governance step with will involve public consultation. The Replenishment Strategy was published for public comment and several comments were received. Following conclusion of the public comment process, the org has developed a revised proposal. Upon discussion, the BFC agreed that there needs to be further discussion by the committee on the revised Replenishment Strategy proposal before submitting to the Board for approval.
    • Action: ICANN org to organize opportunity for further BFC discussion while in Barcelona.
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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."