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Minutes | Board Governance Committee (BGC) Meeting

BGC Attendees: Rinalia Abdul Rahim, Cherine Chalaby, Chris Disspain (Chair), Asha Hemrajani, Ram Mohan, and Mike Silber

BGC Member Apologies: Markus Kummer

Other Board Member Attendees: Steve Crocker

ICANN Organization Attendees:  Akram Atallah, (President, Global Domains Division), Michelle Bright (Board Content Senior Manager), John Jeffrey (General Counsel and Secretary), Vinciane Koenigsfeld (Board Training & Content Senior Manager), Elizabeth Le (Associate General Counsel), Wendy Profit (Manager, Board Operations), and Amy Stathos (Deputy General Counsel)


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

  • Minutes – The BGC approved the mintues of the 1 August 2017 meeting.
  • Nominating Committee 2018 Chair and Chair-Elect - The BGC discussed the Committee's recommendations for the 2018 Chair and Chair-Elect. The BGC moved to approve recommendations to the Board for 2018 NomCom Chair and and 2018 NomCom Chair-Elect.
    • Actions:
      • ICANN organization to prepare materials for Board consideration at its next meeting.
  • Update on Community Priority Evaluation Process Review (Review) - The BGC received a briefing on the status of the CPE process review.  The interview process of the CPE provider personnel that had involvement in CPEs has been completed.  FTI is also working with the CPE provider to obtain the reference materials for the evaluations that are the subject of pending Reconsideration Requests. The CPE provider has been producing documents on a rolling basis. FTI is currently evaluating whether the CPE provider's production is complete. Once the underlying information and data collection is complete, FTI anticipates that it will be able to inform ICANN of its findings within two weeks.
    • Actions:
      • ICANN organization to provide a status update to the community.
      • ICANN organization to continue providing the BGC with updates on the status of the review, and publish update(s) as appropriate.
  • Consideration of the Inaugural Charters of the Board Accountability Mechanisms (BAMC) and Board Technical Committee (BTC) and Revisions to the BGC Charter – The BGC discussed the amendments to the current BGC charter to reflect the redesignation of the Reconsideration responsibilities from the BGC to the BAMC.  The BGC also considered the inaugural charter of the BAMC as the committee charged with oversight of ICANN accountability mechanisms, including the Reconsideration responsibilities under Article 4, Section 4.2 of the Bylaws.  Further, the BGC considered the inaugural charter of the BTC as the committee the formed to help the ICANN Board with oversight of technical work necessary to achieve ICANN's mission of ensuring the stable and secure operation of the Internet's unique identifier systems. The BGC discussed inclusion of additional responsibilities to the scope of responsibilities to the BTC charter to accurately capture the intended purpose of the committee.  The BGC also engaged in a discussion regarding the role of liaisons as committee chairs.
    • Actions:
      • BGC members to provide input and revisions to BTC charter via email.
      • ICANN organization to prepare relevant materials for BGC online approval of a recommendation to the Board for approval of charters to be presented to the board at its next meeting.
  • Discussion of Board Committees and Working Groups Slate – The BGC discussed the Board Committees and Working Group slates based upon, among other things, the preferences indicated by the Board members.

Published on 10 October 2017.

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."