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Structural Improvements Committee (SIC) Meeting - Minutes

SIC Members: Sébastien Bachollet, Bill Graham, Ray Plzak – Chair, and Kuo-Wei Wu

Apologies: Wolfgang Kleinwächter

Other Board Member Attendees: Chris Disspain, Olga Madruga-Forti, George Sadowsky, Mike Silber, and Bruce Tonkin

Invited Attendee: Rinalia Abdul Rahim

Executive and Staff Attendees: Matt Ashtiani, Megan Bishop, Samantha Eisner, Larisa Gurnick, Rob Hoggarth, John Jeffrey, Jamie Hedlund, David Olive, and Theresa Swinehart


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

The Meeting was called to order at 13:12 local time in Los Angeles, California.

  1. Agenda: The Chair established the agenda for the meeting and gave an overview of items to be discussed.

  2. Approval of Minutes: The SIC approved the minutes of its 21 March 2014 meeting as presented.

  3. Review of Open Action Items: The SIC reviewed the open actions from previous meetings. On the ASO review, the Chair noted that there was hope that the review would be closed out at the SIC's meeting in London in June 2014. All other open action items were on the agenda.

  4. Registrars Stakeholder Group Charter Amendment: In line with the approved Charter review process, the SIC considered the proposed amendments to the Registrars Stakeholder Group Charter and approved the posting of the proposed revisions for public comment, pending finalization of the amendments to align with the current form of GNSO Stakeholder Group Charters.

  5. ATRT2 Recommendations: The SIC reviewed Recommendation 11 from the ATRT2 final report to provide guidance on implementation considerations.

  6. GNSO Review Implementation: The SIC received a status update on the work to initiate the GNSO Review as part of ICANN's Organizational Review process. Staff noted that the RFP for the independent reviewer has already been posted, and presented the proposed timeline for the conduct of the review with a draft report anticipated to be posted for public comment in late 2014 (November). A 360 assessment is also being launched to help inform the further work of the GNSO Review. A webinar on the GNSO Review process will be held on 7 May 2014 to provide further information to the community.

    • Action items:

      • SIC members desiring to attend the webinar to inform Staff.

  7. Inventory of ICANN Reviews: The SIC received an update on the work to compile an inventory and mapping of ICANN reviews. The Chair noted that it is important to include in this inventory the relationships between ICANN and other groups, such as the Address Supporting Organization.

The Chair called the meeting to a close at 13:52.

Published on 23 May 2014

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."