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Structural Improvements Committee (SIC) Meeting - Minutes

SIC Attendees:  Ray Plzak – Chair, Bertrand de La Chapelle, George Sadowsky, Reinhard Scholl, and Mike Silber.

Other Board attendees – Sébastien Bachollet

Staff Attendees: David Olive – VP, Policy Support; Samantha Eisner, Rob Hoggarth, Olof Nordling, Amy Stathos and Alina Syunkova.

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

The meeting was called to order at 3:20 pm local time in Singapore.

  1. Minutes: The SIC reviewed and approved the minutes of the prior meeting.

  2. Action Items Review: The SIC reviewed the Action Items arising from the previous meeting and noted that all items were completed.

  3. ALAC Improvements: Staff provided an update on the results of the public comment regarding proposed Bylaws changes arising out of the ALAC Improvements process, regarding the continuing purpose of the ALAC within ICANN.  The SIC agreed to recommend to the Board the approval of the Bylaws amendments.

    • Action:

      • Staff to forward resolution to the Board recommending approval, for action at the Singapore Board meeting.

  4. ccNSO Review Implementation Plan – Staff provided an update on the work to produce an implementation plan to meet the Board’s direction on this matter.  The SIC agreed to recommend to the Board the approval of the ccNSO Review Implementation Plan.

    • Action:

      • Staff to forward resolution to the Board recommending approval for action at the Singapore Board meeting.

      • Staff to prepare a mechanism to keep the community/SIC apprised of meeting of the target completion dates.

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."