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IANA Committee (IC) Minutes

IC attendees: Harald Alvestrand – chair, Dennis Jennings, Thomas Narten, Katim Touray, and Suzanne Woolf.

Staff Members Present: Rod Beckstrom – President and CEO, Doug Brent – COO, John Jeffrey – General Counsel, Kurt Pritz – SVP-Services; Joe Abley, David Conrad, Samantha Eisner, Barbara Roseman, Diane Schroeder, Amy Stathos, and Leo Vegoda.


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

  1. All voting members in attendance unanimously approved the minutes from the prior IC meeting.

  2. Received an operational status report from Staff on DNSSEC and the continued work to meet the schedule posted on the joint informational website, http://www.root-dnssec.org/.
    • Action:
      • Staff to complete work to provide links on ICANN’s website to the status of ongoing work (as set out on the joint DNSSEC informational website).
  3. Received update from staff on the external review of the root zone management process and ICANN’s continued operational improvements and business excellence. Discussed timing of finalization of report and posting for community review.
    • Action:
      • Staff to provide communication plan to IC by email.
  4. Received update from staff on external review of Root Glue policy and discussed the need to standardize an IANA Functions department process for initiating procedure/policy changes, taking into account the need for community consultation and technical input.
    • Actions:
      • IC members to review draft report from external reviewer and provide comments/questions by email.
      • Staff to post external report when complete.
      • Staff to prepare summary of external review and prepare recommendations for moving forward on the Root Glue policy for public comment.
      • Staff to initiate work on standardizing and documenting IANA Functions department process for initiating policy review.
  5. Received an update from staff regarding benchmark dates of note for ICANN’s continued operational performance of the IANA Functions contract, and work to continue to meet satisfaction in service.
    • Action:
      • Staff to provide IC with regular updates on meeting benchmark dates in advance of every IC meeting.
  6. Received request from IC member to discuss the IC involvement in delegation/redelegation requests.
    • Action:
      • Staff to place on next IC agenda.
  7. Received request from IC member to receive a summarization of work on action items from prior IC meeting.
    • Action:
      • Staff to provide action item updates in advance of every IC meeting.
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."