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Board Governance Committee (BGC) Meeting Minutes

BGC Attendees: Dennis Jennings – chair; Harald Tveit Alvestrand, Steve Goldstein, Ram Mohan, Raymond Plzak, and Rita Rodin Johnston

Other Board Member Attendees: Rob Beckstrom – CEO; Peter Dengate Thrush – Board Chair

Staff Attendees: John Jeffrey – General Counsel; Samantha Eisner and Amy Stathos

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

  1. Discussed and all present voting members approved minutes from prior meeting.
  2. Discussed Committee membership and leadership slate and developed initial draft slate for consideration.
    • Action:
      • BGC chair to communicate suggested slate to Board members and provide feedback to the BGC.
      • BGC chair to advise the Board on the approach taken to developing the initial slate.
      • General Counsel to review initial draft slate and advise BGC in relation to the independence of the members of each committee.
  3. Discussed Board members’ 2009 conflicts of interest statements and identified areas in which, if relevant discussions arise, might require Board members to, in accordance with COI Policy, identify potential conflicts so the Board can determine whether and in what manner the members can participate in discussions of those issues.
    • Action:
      • Staff to draft note for BGC re: COI statements.
  4. Discussed scheduling of meetings in advance of Seoul.
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."