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Public Participation Committee Minutes

The Public Participation Committee (PPC) met on16 December 2008 at 16:00 UTC

PPC members present: Dennis Jennings, Jean-Jacques Subrenat – chair, and Katim Touray

PPC member not present and sends apologies: Dave Wodelet

Invited committee member present: Thomas Narten

Staff members present: Kieren McCarthy, Diane Schroeder, Amy Stathos, Nick Tomasso


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

  • Discussed number of committee members and inclusion of liaison(s) as committee members. The Committee invited Thomas Narten to join as a committee member and agreed to monitor meetings to determine if additional members should be added. Action: Staff to include invitation to new PPC member on next Board Governance Committee (BGC) meeting agenda for consideration.
  • Discussed revisions to proposed charter and next steps needed to finalize. Action: Staff to revise per discussion, return to PPC for review and comments. Staff to then send to BGC to ensure language common to all new and revised charters is consistent across committees.
  • Discussed public participation activities from 2008 and those envisioned for 2009, with focused discussion on ways to improve participation during Mexico City meeting. Ideas discussed included on-line participation during public forums, increasing public comment and response time period with Board participation, coordinating constituencies’ public forums with public forums involving Board, having more predictable schedules and timely materials, identification of what is meant to be achieved at each session, the possibility of scheduling tracks of meetings that focus on particular themes, and a statement of the goals and expectations of public forum sessions. Action: Staff to draft statement of what is expected during public forums at international meetings and present that to PPC for consideration during its next committee meeting.
  • Discussed scheduling next meeting. Action: Staff to distribute schedule and committee is to review and comment via email.
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."