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Board Global Relationships Committee (BGRC) Minutes

Committee Attendees: Peter Dengate Thrush – Chair; George Sadowsky; Vanda Scartezini; Jean-Jacques Subrenat; Katim Touray; and Kuo-Wei Wu

Other Board member Attendees: Rod Beckstrom – President and CEO

Staff Attendees: Barbara Clay – VP, Communications and Marketing; Elise Gerich – VP, IANA; Jamie Hedlund – VP, Government Affairs, Americas; John Jeffrey – General Counsel and Secretary; Diane Schroeder and Amy Stathos


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

  1. Minutes - Reviewed minutes from informal BGRC meeting held on 17 September 2010.

  2. Action Items and Staffing - Discussed the action items from the last informal meeting. All actions are on the agenda at this meeting, or at a later meeting. Discussed the nature of staffing and structure of the Global Relationships team.

    • Action: BGRC to engage in future brainstorming session regarding structure for Global Partnership team.

  3. IANA Functions Contract - Discussed contract implementation and renewal.

  4. Global Relationships - Discussed relationships with international organizations.

  5. Budget - Discussed budget implications relating to strategy decisions, as strategic planning for January is about to begin.

    • Action: the BGRC members to consider what needs to be included in the budget for this upcoming strategic plan, and be prepared to discuss during Cartagena meeting.

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."