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Board Global Relationships Committee (BGRC) Minutes

BGRC Attendees:  Cherine Chalaby; Peter Dengate Thrush – Chair; Gonzalo Navarro; George Sadowsky; Katim Touray and Kuo-Wei Wu.

Other Board Attendees:  Sébastien Bachollet; Rod Beckstrom – President and CEO; Bertrand de La Chapelle; Steve Crocker; Thomas Narten; and Suzanne Woolf.

BGRC Apologies: Erika Mann

Invited attendee: Chris Disspain

Staff Attendees:  Akram Atallah – Chief Operating Officer; Elise Gerich – Vice President, IANA; Jamie Hedlund – VP, Government Affairs – Americas; John Jeffrey – General Counsel and Secretary; Samantha Eisner, Denise Michel, Rodrigo de la Parra, Diane Schroeder, Amy Stathos and Save Vocea


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

  1. Minutes – The BGRC reviewed and approved minutes of the previous BGRC meeting held on 19 May 2011.

  2. ATRT Recommendations – Staff updated the BGRC on the proposed implementation plan of ATRT Recommendation 14. The BGRC discussed revisions to the implementation plan, in particular refining some of the proposed ways to encourage GAC interaction to ensure the ATRT recommendation is met. The BGRC approved a resolution to be presented to the Board regarding acceptance of this ATRT recommendation.

    • Action:

      • Staff to forward resolution to the Board for consideration.

  3. Asia Region Update – Received briefing from the Asia Pacific regional liaison regarding the outreach efforts underway within the region and relationships with stakeholders, including governments and organizations. The BGRC also briefly discussed future planning for the region.

  4. Metrics for Regional Reviews – Received brief presentation from staff on the standardization of metrics used for reporting to the BGRC

    • Action:

      • Staff to circulate proposed metrics document to the committee along with notes of relevant changes from prior reporting, for committee review.

  5. IDN ccTLD Fast Track request Update – Received a briefing on the ccTLD IDN Fast Track process.

  6. IANA Functions Contract – Received an update on the release of the further NOI regarding the IANA Functions Contract.

  7. New gTLD Program – Discussed recent governmental communications received regarding the new gTLD program.

  8. Summit on Developing Countries – Received update regarding the preparatory meeting to investigate hosting a summit on developing countries.

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."