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Minutes - Public Participation Committee (PPC)

PPC members present: Dennis Jennings, Thomas Narten, Jean Jacques Subrenat – chair, Katim Touray, and Dave Wodelet

Other Board members present: Peter Dengate Thrush

Staff Members Present: Samantha Eisner, Kieren McCarthy, Diane Schroeder, Amy Stathos, Theresa Swinehart, and Nick Tomasso


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

  • Unanimously approved minutes from last meeting.
  • Discussed Committee Chair’s presentation to the At Large Summit.
  • Discussed suggested revisions to the PPC Charter language unique to committee and changes recommend by Board Governance Committee (BGC) to common language to all charters. Unanimously approved amendments. Action: Staff to present PPC Charter to Board for approval as recommended by the BGC.
  • Discussed organization and structure of open public participation committee session during the Mexico City meeting. Action: Staff to provide slides reflecting Committee’s talking points and provide PPC with supporting information in advance of meeting session; PPC members to prepare for presentation.
  • Discussed PPC’s focus and goals with Chairman of the ICANN Board.
  • Discussed date selection for upcoming ICANN International meetings. Action: Staff to provide PPC with suggested dates for certain upcoming ICANN meetings within five days. Staff to also provide calendar of potential scheduling conflicts for PPC to use in future long-term meeting scheduling.
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."