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Minutes | Board Risk Committee (BRC) Meeting

BRC Attendees: Rafael Lito Ibarra (Chair), Merike Kaeo, Kaveh Ranjbar, Matthew Shears, and Tripti Sinha

BRC Member Apologies: Harald Alverstrand and Akinori Maemura

Other Board Member Attendees: Cherine Chalaby


ICANN Organization Attendees: Susanna Bennett (SVP, Chief Operating Officer). Michelle Bright (Director, Board Operations Content), Franco Carrasco (Board Operations Specialist), Xavier Calvez (SVP, Chief Financial Officer), James Caulfield (Vice President, Risk Management), Vinciane Koenigsfeld (Director, Board Operations), and Amy Stathos (Deputy General Counsel)

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

  1. Minutes – The Committee approved the Minutes of the 28 May 2019 meeting.
  2. Organization Risk Register – The Committee discussed mapping of strategic risks to the strategic goals in the Organization Risk Register. In doing so, the Committee was provided with an overview of the Risk Register, the level of detail and process behind developing the Register. The Committee was reminded and acknowledged that discussion of the Organization Risk Register includes sensitive and confidential information. The Committee discussed that each function within ICANN org develops a Function Risk Register as well as identifies risks outside its function. Each function identifies its risks through various methods and evaluates them using the following formula: likelihood rating x impact rating = inherent risk rating / control effectiveness = residual risk. A cross-organization calibration process and review was carried out by representatives of each function to provide consistency of rating the risks. The organization Risk Management Committee, consisting of the executives, reviews the proposed draft Register of the risks to be included in the Organization Risk Register and identify top risks. The Organization Risk Register is approved by the President and CEO. The Committee reviewed the Organization Risk Register and discussed how risks are assessed, the risk identification rating, and the controls and mitigations associated with some of the identified risks on the Register.
  3. Risks in the Strategic Plan vs. Risk Register – The Committee noted that the new Strategic Plan identifies Strategic Risks to the Strategic Goals. An alignment process is underway to map the risks that are listed in the strategic plan to the risks in the Organization Risk Register. The BRC discussed the cadence of review for the Organization Risk Register, which is scheduled to be conducted on an annual basis, at a minimum.

Published on 21 November 2019

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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."