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Public Participation Committee (PPC) Minutes

PPC Attendees: Mike Silber – Chair; Sébastien Bachollet; Thomas Narten; Gonzalo Navarro; Katim Touray; and Kuo-Wei Wu

Other Board attendees: Rod Beckstrom, CEO and President

Staff Attendees: Akram Atallah – Chief Operating Officer; David Olive – Vice President, Policy Development Support, Samantha Eisner, Diane Schroeder, and Filiz Yilmaz


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

  1. Approval of Minutes: All voting members in attendance approved the minutes of the prior PPC meeting.

  2. Finalization of the Meetings Schedule in 2011: The PPC discussed the need to maintain in person meetings to keep to the pace of work required. The PPC agreed to include meetings at the May and September Board retreats on the PPC’s schedule.

  3. Review of Improving Public Comment Tasks in Workplan 2011: The PPC received a brief presentation from staff on the status of workplan items related to improving public comment and adjusting to reflect the Board’s assignment of ATRT-related tasks to the PPC.

    • Actions:

      • PPC members to provide written comments on the workplan tasks.

      • Staff to provide written update on implementation work on the ATRT recommendations regarding public comment.

      • Staff to schedule extended PPC meeting at the May retreat to discuss the ATRT recommendations.

  4. Reports on Report on Newcomers Activities and Remote Activities during ICANN 40: The PPC agreed to review the reports provided by staff and engage in online discussions prior to the May meeting.

    • Action:

      • PPC members to provide written comment on reports in preparation for May meeting.

  5. Summit on Developing Countries: The PPC discussed the feasibility of planning a summit on developing countries, to be held in conjunction with the October ICANN meeting in Dakar, Senegal, and the need to properly allocate resources for logistics and funding. The PPC noted that while it is not feasible to plan for a full-scale summit in Dakar, Senegal, initiating discussions on how to plan and host such an event should continue, and a preparatory meeting should take place at the ICANN meeting in Singapore.

    • Action:

      • PPC member to provide written thoughts on how to move forward.

  6. Workplan Review: Item held over to next meeting.

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."