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Minutes | Board Governance Committee (BGC) Meeting

BGC Attendees: Becky Burr (Chair), Maarten Botterman, Ram Mohan, and Lousewies van der Laan.

BGC Member Apologies: Ron da Silva

Board Member Observing: Cherine Chalaby, Sarah Deutsch, and Manal Ismail

Invited Observers: Merike Kaeo, Tripti Sinha, and Nigel Roberts

ICANN Organization Attendees: Susanna Bennett (Chief Operating Officer), Michelle Bright (Director, Board Operations), John Jeffrey (General Counsel and Secretary), Vinciane Koenigsfeld (Director, Board Operations), Elizabeth Le (Associate General Counsel), Wendy Profit (Senior Manager, Board Operations), Lisa Saulino (Board Operations Sr. Coordinator) and Amy Stathos (Deputy General Counsel).


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

  1. Nominating Committee (NomCom) 2019 Chair and Chair-Elect Selection – The BGC discussed the Committee's recommendations for the NomCom 2019 Chair and Chair-Elect. The BGC approved the recommendations to the Board for 2019 NomCom Chair and Chair-Elect. The Committee also agreed that the guidance document from the Board to the NomCom regarding important skills for Board members should be evaluated to ensure that the skill sets identified align with the current needs of the Board. The Committee noted that Board has gone from being concerned about sharing with the NomCom the skill sets needed to align with the current needs of the Board to recognizing that this is not only useful but also appreciated by NomCom.

    • Action(s): Committee to review the guidance from the Board to the NomCom regarding important skills for Board members to ensure that the skill sets identified align with the current needs of the Board.

  2. Discussion on Upcoming Committee Membership and Leadership Slating – The BGC discussed the Board Committees and Working Group slates based upon, among other things, the preferences indicated by the Board members.

Published on 21 October 2018

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."