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IANA Committee (IC) Minutes

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

Other Board attendee:  Steve Crocker

Invited Attendees: Chris Disspain

Staff Members Present:  Elise Gerich – Vice President, IANA; Samantha Eisner, Daniel Halloran, Barbara Roseman, Alina Syunkova, and Leo Vegoda

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

  1. Minutes.  The committee reviewed and approved the minutes of the previous IC meeting held on 19 May 2011, with one member abstaining from the vote.
  2. Nomenclature in IANA database.  Staff presented four options for representing country names for the information in the IANA database.  This was a follow-on action to the IC discussion held in May 2011 related to nomenclature. For the second version of the automated root zone management software, the IC approved the continuation of the ISO-3166 country name for the delegation record country field in the IANA database.  For all other fields (Sponsoring Organization, Administrative Contact, Technical Contact) where there is a representation of physical location or postal address, the IC recommends that input and presentation of country names should reflect the text submitted by the ccTLD manager.  The first version of the rollout of the automation software will not incorporate these recommendations.
    • Action:
      • Staff to provide information to the IC regarding the origin of this agenda item to further inform the necessary steps in providing information on this item to the full Board.
  3. Local Internet community support in Delegations and Redelegations.  The IC discussed a proposed recommendation to the Board regarding clarification of a terminology issue that has arisen in consideration of ccTLD delegation and redelegation requests.  The IC also considered a recommendation on documentary requirements to assist the Board in considering requests pending ccNSO consideration of policy recommendations in this area.  The IC agreed to recommend a resolution for consideration by the Board.
    • Action:
      • Staff to work with IC members to finalize the text of a recommended resolution to the Board.
      • After finalization, staff to forward recommended resolution to the Board for consideration.
  4. Any other business – The IC briefly discussed the RPKI item that is proposed for Board consideration at the meeting in Singapore and the need for greater communication.  IC members suggested potential agenda items for consideration at future meetings related to other criteria associated with reviewing delegation and redelegation requests, as well as updates on the further Notice of Inquiry issued regarding the IANA Functions Contract.
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"""" is not an IDN."