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Minutes | Board Governance Committee (BGC) Meeting

BGC Attendees: Cherine Chalaby, Chris Disspain, Bertrand de La Chapelle, Ram Mohan, Raymond Plzak, and Bruce Tonkin – Chair

Other Board Member Attendees: Steve Crocker

Staff Attendees: Megan Bishop, Michelle Bright, Samantha Eisner, and Amy Stathos

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

  1. Committees of the ICANN Board of Directors - The BGC discussed the proposed improvements to the present committee structure of the ICANN Board. Board Committees do the work of the Board, not the work of the organization. They are formed when mandated by statutes or when it is determined that a more focused approach is needed for a particular area. The BGC discussed that Board committees report to the Board and are accountable to the Board to help it carry out its work of governance such as financial and legal oversight, CEO oversight, board oversight, or program oversight. Operational committees do the work of ICANN, the organization. They are formed by the CEO to help the CEO and senior staff in the operations of ICANN. While Board members may participate in operational committees, the Board does not form these committees. The committee discussed the need and appropriateness of the continued existence of certain Board committees that were created to address specific issue(s). The BGC further discussed if some of these committees should be disbanded altogether, or phased out over time.

    • Actions:
      • BGC member to revise the proposal to reflect the discussions and to inform further discussions.
  2. Reconsideration Request 13-2 - (The following members excused themselves from this discussion: Bruce Tonkin, Ram Mohan, and Bertrand de La Chapelle.) The BGC reviewed and discussed Reconsideration Request 13-2, which was submitted by Nameshop, through Sivasubramanian Muthusamy. The BGC concluded that Nameshop has not stated proper grounds for reconsideration, and therefore recommended that Nameshop's Request be denied without further consideration. The BGC passed a motion adopting the recommendation that Reconsideration Request 13-2 be denied and recommending that the New gTLD Program Committee adopt the BGC's recommendation.

    • Actions:
      • Staff to post BGC's recommendation and notify Requestor it and of next steps.
      • Staff to present BGC recommendation to 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"""" is not an IDN."