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Minutes – Board Risk Committee (RC) Meeting

RC Attendees: Bruce Tonkin – Chair; Steve Crocker, Rajasekhar Ramaraj, Mike Silber, and Suzanne Woolf

Staff Attendees: John Jeffrey – General Counsel and Secretary; Kurt Pritz – Senior Vice President, Services; Samantha Eisner, and Patrick Jones

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

  1. Minutes: Reviewed and approved minutes from previous BRC meeting.

  2. Action Items: Reviewed action items since Brussels, including work on IPv4 space depletion and commitments made in the Affirmation of Commitments.

    • Actions:

      • Staff to schedule update to the RC on the discussions with RIRs on IPv4 space and identification of significant risks and risk mitigation.

      • Staff to provide update to RC on the underlying work ICANN is doing to meet the commitments in the Affirmation of Commitments document.

  3. 2011 Work Plan: Reviewed staff’s proposed work plan for 2011 and discussed timing of organizational risk reassessments.

    • Actions:

      • Staff to modify work plan to address committee comments, and to schedule next committee meetings.

  4. New gTLDs: Received presentation from staff on project-level risk management and mitigation efforts identified for the New gTLD Program.

    • Action:

      • Staff to revise presentation to address RC comments and provide to Board, and prepare a paper for public release

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."