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Minutes | Board Governance Committee (BGC) Meeting

BGC Attendees: Becky Burr, Ron da Silva, Sarah Deutsch, Ihab Osman, León Sánchez, Matthew Shears, and Tripti Sinha (Chair)

Other Board Member Attendees: Avri Doria, Maarten Botterman, Danko Jevtović, and Patricio Poblete

ICANN org Attendees: Franco Carrasco (Board Operations Specialist), John Jeffrey (General Counsel and Secretary), Vinciane Koenigsfeld (VP, Board Operations), Elizabeth Le (Associate General Counsel), Wendy Profit (Board Operations Senior Manager), Lisa Saulino (Board Operations Specialist), and Amy Stathos (Deputy General Counsel)


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

  1. Agenda review – The Chair reviewed the meeting agenda.
  2. Opening Remarks – The BGC Chair reported that she has spoken with the incoming Board members and that she has a good sense of exactly on which Board Committees they would like to sit.
  3. Slating Discussion - Board Committees and Other Board Groups - The BGC discussed membership and leadership of the Board Committees, Board Working Groups and Board Caucuses, as well as Agenda Block Leads, taking the revised Committee Slating Guidelines (Guidelines) into account. The BGC Chair noted that the recent revisions to the Guidelines, which were adopted by the BGC on 25 August 2021, included the codification of the process for slating of certain committees that are to be chaired by the Board chair. The BGC noted that this process has been the practice in place for some years and that by including it in the Guidelines simply codifies the existing practice. Specifically, the committee discussed that as it relates to the membership of the Compensation Committee and Executive Committee, the number of members that can serve on those Committees is defined in each Committee Charter, and the practice of how the membership of those committees is recommended to the Board is codified in the Slating Guidelines. The BGC did not complete its slating discussion and agreed to continue the discussion at the next available opportunity.

Published on 18 October 2021

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."