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Board Global Relationships Committee (BGRC) Minutes

BGRC Attendees: Chris Disspain, Bertrand de La Chapelle, Gonzalo Navarro – Chair, George Sadowsky, and Kuo-Wei Wu

Other Board Attendees: Steve Crocker, Bill Graham and Mike Silber

Staff Attendees: Akram Atallah – Chief Operating Officer, Rodrigo de la Parra – VP, Latin America, Elise Gerich – VP, IANA, Jamie Hedlund – VP, North America, Nigel Hickson – VP, Europe, John Jeffrey – General Counsel and Secretary, Kurt Pritz – Senior VP, Stakeholders Relations, Jeannie Ellers, Diane Schroeder, Amy Stathos, Alina Syunkova and Nick Tomasso

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

  1. Action Plan Re: Involvement with Organizations – The Committee discussed the action plan developed in relation to ICANN's involvement with global organizations that have some Internet focus and how to proceed in light of upcoming events.

    • Action:

      • Committee to review by next Wednesday and send thoughts on the Action Plan via email by next Wednesday.

  2. Asia Pacific Meeting – Staff provided information to the BGRC relating to the upcoming meeting in the Asia Pacific regions in 2013.

  3. Internationalization Survey – The committee discussed next steps now that results have been compiled and organized. The committee discussed the value of the results, and determined that it should present the results to the full Board for discussion and consideration before moving forward.

    • Actions:

      • BGRC chair will send email to Board Chair indicating that it will request direction from the Board on how the BGRC should to proceed further with the survey or if the Board will handle it going forward.

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"""" is not an IDN."