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IANA Committee (IC) Minutes

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

Other Board attendee: Sébastien Bachollet

IC apologies: Katim Touray

Staff Members Present: Elise Gerich – Vice President, IANA; Jamie Hedlund – Vice President, Government Affairs – Americas; Michelle Cotton, Barbara Roseman, Diane Schroeder, Amy Stathos, Alina Syunkova, and Leo Vegoda


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

  1. Minutes. The IC reviewed and approved the minutes of the previous IC meeting.

  2. Further Notice of Inquiry. Staff provided an update on NTIA’s IANA Functions Further Notice of Inquiry.

  3. Document Publication and Communications Plan. Staff provided a presentation on the process established for the review and posting of IANA Department reports and documents, including a workflow for the case of posting third-party reports regarding the IANA functions.

  4. Protocol Parameters Work. Staff provided an update on the protocol parameters work performed in coordination with the IETF.

  5. Key Performance Indicators (KPI) and Service Level Agreements (SLA). Received a presentation from staff on the work arising out of the IANA Functions Department business excellence initiative, and the identification of KPIs, SLAs and other metrics and targets being implemented to help measure performance and increase customer satisfaction.

    • Action:

      • When completed, staff to provide update to IC on customer satisfaction definitions and work.

  6. Open Action Items. Received update from staff on open action items arising out of prior IC meetings, including the stalled publication of documentation of the root management process.

    • Action:

      • Staff to provide report summarizing issues surrounding publication of the Root Zone Management documentation.

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."