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Minutes | Board Governance Committee (BGC) Meeting

BGC Attendees: Cherine Chalaby, Chris Disspain, Raymond Plzak, and Bruce Tonkin – Chair

Staff Attendees: John Jeffrey – General Counsel and Secretary; Megan Bishop, Samantha Eisner, and Amy Stathos


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

  1. Reconsideration Request 13-1 – (Bruce Tonkin excused himself from this discussion.) The BGC reviewed and discussed Reconsideration Request 13-1, which was submitted by Ummah Digital, Inc. ("Ummah"), through Katim Touray. The BGC concluded that Ummah has not stated proper grounds for reconsideration, and therefore recommended that Ummah's Request be denied without further consideration. The BGC passed a motion adopting the recommendation that Reconsideration Request 13-1 be denied and recommending that the New gTLD Program Committee adopt the BGC's recommendation.

    • Actions:
      • Staff to post BGC's recommendation.
      • Staff to present the BGC's recommendation to the New gTLD Program Committee for consideration.

Published on 23 February 2015

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."