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Minutes | Board Governance Committee (BGC) Meeting

BGC Attendees: Maarten Botterman, Becky Burr (Chair), Ron da Silva, and Matthew Shears

Other Board Member Attendees: Cherine Chalaby, Sarah Deutsch, Chris Disspain, Avri Doria, Lito Ibarra, Göran Marby, León Sanchez, and Tripti Sinha

BGC Apologies: Khaled Koubaa

ICANN Organization Attendees: Susanna Bennett (SVP, Chief Operations Officer), Michelle Bright (Board Operations Content Coordination Director), Franco Carrasco (Board Operations Specialist), Samantha Eisner (Deputy General Counsel), John Jeffrey (General Counsel and Secretary), Elizabeth Le (Associate General Counsel), Cyrus Namazi (SVP, Global Domains Division), Wendy Profit (Senior Manager, Board Operations), and Amy Stathos (Deputy General Counsel)


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

  1. Nominating Committee (NomCom) Chair-and Chair-Elect - The BGC discussed the Committee's recommendations for the NomCom 2020 Chair and Chair-Elect. The BGC approved the recommendations to the Board for 2020 NomCom Chair and Chair-Elect.

    • Actions: ICANN org to prepare relevant materials for Board consideration.
  2. Committee Slating - The BGC discussed the Board Committees and Working Group slates based upon, among other things, the preferences indicated by the Board members.
  3. Introduction to Board Communications Training Proposal – The Committee noted that a proposal regarding Board communications training has been developed by Lito Ibarra and León Sanchez. Some Board members have provided their comments on the proposal. The BGC Chair will circulate the proposal by email for discussion online in advance of the September Board Workshop.

    • Actions: BGC members to review and provide comments to proposed Board Communications Training before the September Board Workshop.
  4. AOB

    • Board Member Interaction on Community Working Groups and Review Teams – The BGC discussed that the roles of Board members on community working groups and review teams should be as Board liaisons to the groups rather than community members. The BGC agreed that Avri Doria's role on Workstream 2 should be converted from community member to Board liaison to the group.
    • Board Caucuses and Board Working Groups Framework - The BGC briefly remarked that the process by which caucuses, working groups, and Board liaisons to community groups are created and managed should be reevaluated to ensure uniformity and that they sufficiently meet the needs of the Board.

Published on 21 November 2019

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."