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Board Governance Committee (BGC) Meeting Minutes

BGC Attendees: Cherine Chalaby (CC), Bill Graham (BG), Ram Mohan (RM), Mike Silber (MS), Bruce Tonkin (BT)

Other Board member Attendees: Fadi Chehadé, President and CEO

Apologies: Ray Plzak and R. Ramaraj

Staff member Attendees: John Jeffrey (JJ), General Counsel and Secretary; Amy Stathos (AS)


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

  1. Nominating Committee Chair and Chair-Elect – The BGC discussed the interview results from the interviews with candidates for the Nominating Committee (NomCom) Chair and Chair-Elect. After significant discussion, the BGC identified candidates to recommend to the Board for approval.

    1. Actions:

      1. Staff to ask candidates to complete a Statement of Interest Form.

      2. Staff to include approval of BGC recommendation on Agenda for Board meeting on 3 October 2012.

  2. NomCom Processes – The BGC also held a brief discussion about NomCom processes and discussed looking at developing additional guidelines for the NomCom, as well as conducting a survey of the current NomCom members about process.

    1. Actions:

      1. Staff to revise and circulate document relating to developing guidelines and survey.

      2. Staff to finalize survey and launch it to the current NomCom members.

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."