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IANA Committee (IC) Minutes

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

Additional Board Attendees: Gonzalo Navarro and Thomas Roessler

Staff Members Present: Rodrigo de la Parra – Vice President, Latin America; Elise Gerich – Vice President, IANA; Nigel Hickson – Vice President, Europe; Xiaodong Lee – Vice President, Asia Pacific; Michelle Cotton, Kim Davies, Samantha Eisner, 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. Reviewed IPv6 Visibility on New ICANN.org Site. Staff provided a presentation on the visibility of information on IPv6 on the redesigned icann.org website, including links available on every page.
    • Action:
      • Staff to make available more information describing ICANN’s role in IPv6 deployment.
  3. Summary Reporting on IANA Department Activities. Staff discussed a high-level overview report on all activities underway within the IANA Functions Department, suggested as a regular reporting tool for the IC. The IC agreed that the reporting is helpful for each meeting, and suggested that the metrics used should be verified as meaningful to the group for whom the work is being performed. The IC also discussed the availability of the information within the report.
    • Action:
      • Staff to modify the reporting as discussed with the IC, and to provide to the IC on a quarterly basis.
  4. ISO 3166 Maintenance Agency (MA). The IC received an update on ICANN’s participation in the ISO 3166 MA, regarding the maintenance of two-character country code standards. The IC discussed the regularity of reporting regarding ICANN’s participation.
    • Action:
      • IANA Department staff to forward to appropriate ICANN staff an IC suggestion to publish a history of ICANN relationship with ISO.
  5. INT Registry Policy and Process. The IC received a presentation regarding the history and management of the existing policy regarding the .INT Registry. Staff provided recent examples of new .INT names as well as some challenges faced in the management of the .INT Registry, which is done according to long-established policies.
    • Action:
      • Staff to provide the IC with more detail on where .INT policy is derived from.
      • Staff to provide the IC with a list of potential .INT names for which multiple requests were received.
      • Staff to produce a list of recent .INT delegations.
      • Staff to provide IC with information regarding limitations regarding the availability of information.
      • IC chair to bring the .INT discussion forward to the full Board as appropriate.
  6. Delegation and Redelegation Request Processes. The IC renewed its discussion on reviewing requests for delegations and redelegations prior to full Board review. This topic was raised prior to the IDN ccTLD Fast Track to allow for more efficient reviews of delegation requests at the Board level, with the IC filtering the requests in preparation for Board discussions. The IC discussed that there could be situations where deeper guidance by the full Board is necessary, though Board approval of all delegations/redelegations is still optimal given the processes followed today. The IC acknowledged that there is ongoing work in the GAC and the ccNSO regarding the refinement and clarification of the delegation and redelegation criteria that may be of further guidance to this effort, and IC discussion of this topic will continue.
    •  Action:
      • Staff to provide the IC with a proposed discussion checklist for delegation/redelegation requests with better explanation of the criteria used, to allow for continued IC discussion on this topic.
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."