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Board Governance Committee (BGC) Meeting Minutes

BGC Attendees: Cherine Chalaby, Bill Graham, R. Ramaraj, and Bruce Tonkin – Chair

Apologies: Ram Mohan and Ray Plzak

Staff Attendees: John Jeffrey – General Counsel and Secretary; Alina Syunkova and Amy Stathos


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

  1. Reconsideration Request 12-2 – The BGC discussed Reconsideration Request 12-2, challenging the Board's 6 May 2012 approval of changes to the Whois publication requirements for .CAT. The committee reviewed and discussed all grounds that the requestor identified as warranting reconsideration and determined that Reconsideration Request 12-2 fails to state any grounds that support reconsideration. The BGC did, however, recommend that one of the whereas clauses in the Board 6 May 2012 be clarified so as to avoid any appearance of having granted a broader revision in the .CAT Registry Agreement than was requested or approved.
    • Actions:
      • Staff to revise the relevant whereas clause and distribute revised minutes to the Board for review.
      • Staff to draft the necessary papers to put the BGC Recommendation on Reconsideration Request 12-2 to the Board for approval.
  2. ATRT Recommendation No. 6 – The BGC briefly discussed ATRT Recommendation No. 6 and how best to draft something for distribution and community discussion.
    • Actions:
      • Staff to revise the draft discussion paper and distribute to BGC for review.
      • Once reviewed and finalized, BGC to determine process for distribution to community leadership for input to help inform formal discussion paper to be posted in advance of Toronto.
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."