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Board Governance Committee (BGC) Meeting Minutes

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

Other Board Member Attendees: Sebastian Bachollet, Steve Crocker, and Bill Graham

Staff Attendees: Susanna Bennett – Chief Operating Officer, John Jeffrey – General Counsel and Secretary, Michelle Bright, Elizabeth Le, Karine Perset, and Amy Stathos

BGC Apologies: Mike Silber


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

  1. Recommendation on Committee Membership and Leadership – The BGC engaged in a discussion of a slate for Board Committee membership and leadership for Board approval. The BGC also discussed whether Vice-Chairs are appropriate for Board Committees. The BGC discussed the structure, purpose, and size of the Board Committees, as well as specific concerns about the scope of some of the committees.
  2. Recommendation for Board Chair and Vice-Chair – The BGC engaged in a discussion regarding the BGC's proposed slate for Board Chair and Vice-Chair.

Published on 12 December 2013

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."