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Board Governance Committee (BGC) Meeting Minutes

BGC Attendees: Cherine Chalaby, Chris Disspain, Bertrand de La Chapelle, Ray Plzak, Mike Silber, and Bruce Tonkin – Chair

Other Board Member Attendees: Steve Crocker

Staff Attendees: John Jeffrey – General Counsel and Secretary, Megan Bishop, Michelle Bright, Elizabeth Le, and Amy Stathos


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

  1. Reconsideration Request 13-3 ("Request 13-3" or "the Request"): The Chair noted that he was abstaining from consideration of this matter due to a potential conflict of interest as it relates to the implementation of the Trademark Clearinghouse. The BGC previously addressed Request 13-3 at the 16 May 2013 meeting and issued a recommendation to the NGPC. Thereafter, the GNSO Council formally submitted a request to the BGC that it review and reconsider the wording of the recommendation. The BGC addressed the GNSO Council's request and whether it should revise the wording of its recommendation to address said concerns. The BGC considered a proposed revised recommendation in consideration of the issues raised by the GNSO Council, without altering the ultimate result of the recommendation. Following lengthy discussion, the BGC revoked its 16 May 2013 recommendation and passed a motion to recommend that the NGPC adopt a revised BGC recommendation on Reconsideration Request 13-3. Bertrand de La Chapelle voted against the motion and Bruce Tonkin abstained. Bertrand de La Chapelle noted that he will provide a statement to the New gTLD Program Committee explaining the reason for hi "no" vote on this motion.

    • Action:

      • Staff to revise the recommendation, post it on the website, and forward the new recommendation to the NGPC for consideration.

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."