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Minutes | Board Governance Committee (BGC) Meeting

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

BGC Member Apologies: Khaled Koubaa

Other Board Member Attendees: Harald Alverstrand, Cherine Chalaby, Sarah Deutsch, Chris Disspain, Avri Doria, Lito Ibarra, Merike Kaeo, León Sanchez, Nigel Roberrts, and Tripti Sinha.

Invited Observers: Mandla Msimang

ICANN Organization Attendees: Franco Carrasco (Board Operations Specialist), Samantha Eisner (Deputy General Counsel), John Jeffrey (General Counsel and Secretary), Vinciane Koenigsfeld (Director, Board Operations), Elizabeth Le (Associate General Counsel), 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. Committee Slating – The BGC discussed the Board Committees and Working Group slates based upon, among other things, the preferences indicated by the Board members. The Committee also discussed BGC membership guidelines and whether first year Board members can be BGC members, which is a departure from past practice. Upon discussion, the Committee determined that going forward there should not be a prohibition on first year Board members from serving on the BGC. The Committee also engaged in a discussion regarding term limits for Board Committee chairs. The Committee agreed that it will report the substance of the discussion to the Board, and will continue discussing the matter at its next meeting. The BGC also agreed to further evaluate the number and size of Board Working Groups and Caucuses. The BGC approved the slate that the Committee will be recommending to the Board for approval.
  2. Guidance to 2020 Nominating Committee (NomCom) - The Committee Chair indicated that she will circulate a note via email to the Committee on the Board 2020 skillsets guidance to the NomCom, and that the Committee will find a time in Montreal during ICANN 66 to meet on the matter.

    • Action: BGC Chair to circulate a note via email to the Committee on the Board 2020 skillsets guidance to the NomCom and will try to find a time for the BGC to discuss in Montreal.

Published on 22 November 2019

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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."