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IANA Committee (IC) Minutes

IC attendees: Kuo-Wei Wu – Chair; Bertrand de La Chapelle, Thomas Narten, Ray Plzak, and Katim Touray

Apologies: Suzanne Woolf

Other Board attendee: Steve Crocker

Staff Members Present: Akram Atallah – Chief Operating Officer; Elise Gerich, Vice President, IANA; Jamie Hedlund, Vice President of Government Affairs – Americas; Kim Davies, Samantha Eisner, Barbara Roseman, Diane Schroeder, Amy Stathos, and Leo Vegoda


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

  1. Minutes: Reviewed and approved the minutes of the prior committee meeting.

  2. Root Zone Automation: Received a presentation from staff regarding the final stages of deployment testing.

  3. Business Excellence Initiative: Received an update from staff on the 2011 Business Excellence self-assessment underway within the IANA Functions Department, including focuses on documentation of process in consistent methodology, and the continued work underway in preparation for a further self-assessment in early 2012.    

  4. Terminology of Criteria for Delegations and Redelegations: Received a report from staff regarding the potential for interim refinement to criteria for delegations and redelegations of ccTLDs while awaiting further policy recommendations from the ccNSO.  The proposal for interim refinement was discussed with members of the ccNSO, with particular focus with reference to local community support, and staff now requires direction from the IC on how to proceed.  The IC also discussed how to refine the papers presented to the Board on delegation decisions, as well as to increase the transparency of those papers.  The IC discussed the need to consult with the Board as a whole and others regarding any action on a recommendation from the IC on this issue.

    • Action:

      • Staff to prepare alternative proposals for IC consideration, including timelines and processes for consultation, for discussion at the May IC meeting.

      • Future IC agenda to include discussion of IC role in reviewing delegation and redelegation items prior to Board decision.

  5. Action items: Received staff update on open action items list, noting that a communications plan item was delayed and is now scheduled for completion by the end of April.

    • Action:

      • Discussion relating to display of contact information in the IANA database to be placed on IC’s agenda for May meeting.

  6. IP Address Assignment Issues: The IC briefly discussed IP Address assignment issues, including the ongoing policy work within the ASO.

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."