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Minutes | Board Governance Committee (BGC) Meeting

BGC Attendees: Becky Burr, Sarah Deutsch, León Sánchez, Matthew Shears, and Tripti Sinha (Chair)

BGC Member Apologies: Ron da Silva and Ihab Osman

Other Board Member Attendees: Avri Doria, Manal Ismail and Patricio Poblete

ICANN org Attendees: Franco Carrasco (Board Operations Specialist), John Jeffrey (General Counsel and Secretary), Elizabeth Le (Associate General Counsel), Amy Stathos (Deputy General Counsel), and Theresa Swinehart (SVP, Global Domains and Strategy)


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

  1. Agenda review – The Chair reviewed the meeting agenda.
  2. Nominating Committee (NomCom) 2022 Leadership – The BGC discussed the publication of the approved resolutions of the Board's 30 September 2021 meeting on the appointment of the 2022 NomCom leadership, and that the resolutions will be accompanied by an announcement on the ICANN website. 

    • Action: ICANN org to publish the announcement and relevant resolutions that were approved on 30 September 2021.
  3. Approval of Minutes – The BGC discussed the minutes of the Committee's meetings on 25 August 2021, 2 and 10 September 2021. ICANN org noted that the 10 September 2021 minutes have been updated to reflect the discussions and requested changes that were made via email. Following discussion, the BGC approved the minutes of the 25 August 2021, 2 and 10 September 2021.

    • Actions: ICANN org to publish minutes on ICANN's website.
  4. Slating Discussion - Board Committees and Other Board Groups - The BGC Chair reviewed the proposed leadership and membership slates for the Board, Board Committees, Working Groups, Caucuses, and Block Leads. Following discussion, the BGC approved the slate for Working Groups, Caucuses, and Block Leads and recommended that the Board approve the proposed slate for Board leadership, and Committee leadership and membership.

    • Actions: ICANN org to prepare relevant materials for Board consideration.

Published on 02 November 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."