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Board Governance Committee (BGC) Meeting Minutes

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

Other Board member attendees: Steve Crocker, Bill Graham and George Sadowsky

Staff Attendees: John Jeffrey and Amy Stathos

BGC Apologies: Ram Mohan

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

  1. Approval of Minutes: The BGC approved the minutes from the 10 October and 29 October 2013 meetings.
  2. Confidential Discussion: The BGC held a confidential discussion.

  3. Board Committee and Board Leadership Slate: The BGC reviewed the proposed Board Committee and Leadership slate, and the slate for Chair and Vice Chair candidates, and unanimously approved both.

    • Action: Staff to draft the necessary resolutions for Board approval during the Annual Organizational meeting.
  4. NGPC papers re: Reconsideration Requests: The BGC discussed the idea that the New gTLD Program Committee ("NGPC") raised with respect to wanting more succinct and streamlined summaries of the BGC Recommendations for the NGPC to consider.

    • Action: Staff to work with counsel to develop summaries for the NGPC.

Published on 8 January 2014

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."