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Minutes - Public Participation Committee (PPC)

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

Other Board Members Present: Peter Dengate Thrush

Staff Members Present: Samantha Eisner, Paul Levins, John Jeffrey, Kieren McCarthy, Diane Schroeder, Amy Stathos, and Nick Tomasso


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

  • Unanimously approved minutes from last meeting.
  • Discussed PPC membership needs given the conclusion of Dave Wodelet’s Board term and discussed providing information to the Board Governance Committee regarding same. Unanimously approved revision to PPC charter specifying number of liaisons authorized to serve on PPC as two.
  • Discussed date and venue selection for upcoming ICANN International public meetings. Actions: Staff to provide committee with further information regarding geographic rotation; Staff to provide committee with further detail for meetings calendar, noting scheduling conflicts; Staff to provide PPC with relevant updates on the status of ICANN Geographic Regions working group.
  • Discussed timely publication of documents in advance of ICANN International public meetings. Unanimously approved recommending to the Board that an operational policy be adopted and administered by PPC regarding publication deadlines for International public meetings. Actions: Staff to draft operational policy setting forth publication deadlines; Staff to forward PPC recommendation regarding policy to the Board for consideration at 21 May 2009 Board meeting.
  • Discussed remote participation capabilities, and unanimously approved recommending that the Board direct Staff to research the utilization and implementation of remote participation tools and practices. Action: Staff to forward PPC recommendation to Board for review and consideration, and Staff to continue work to implement remote participation solutions.
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."