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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 members: Bertrand de La Chapelle

Staff Attendees: Barbara Clay – Vice President for Communications and Marketing; Elise Gerich – Vice President, IANA; David Olive – Vice President, Policy Development Support; Samantha Eisner, Christina Rodriguez, Alina Syunkova, Nick Tomasso and Filiz Yilmaz


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

  1. Minutes – The PPC approved the minutes of its prior meeting.

  2. ATRT Implementation Work: The PPC received an update on the ongoing work to implement the ATRT recommendations regarding improvements to the public comment process, including planning for focus group review of the planned improvements to the public comment process, and ways to consider if the proposed processes are moving towards outcomes anticipated by the ATRT.  In addition, the staff discussed the planning for collection of community workplan items to better inform the community on upcoming issues under consideration.  The PPC also reviewed the work being done in relation to availability of translations and discussed ways to consider balancing the costs of translation with the utility of the information provided.  The PPC also raised the issue of standardization of tools that may assist ICANN in better information being provided to the community.  Noting that specific implementation plans are still being refined, the PPC approved recommending to the Board that the recommendations be adopted.

    • Action:

      • Staff to forward recommendation to the Board.

  3.  PPC Workplan: In the interest of time, the PPC agreed to review the updates to the PPC workplan via email.

    • Action:

      • Staff to circulate an identification of the updates to the workplan for PPC member review.

  4. Community Update Meeting: The PPC planned for the community update at the Singapore meeting, including a review of the proposed agenda, including a report on newcomer’s activities, remote participation, and ATRT recommendation planning.

    • Action:

      • Staff to revise slides to meet with Board member comments.

  5. Discussion session in Singapore for proposed Summit on Developing Countries: The PPC briefly discussed the arrangements on an initial planning session for a proposed summit on developing countries.

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."