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Public Participation Committee (PPC) Meeting Minutes

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

PPC Apologies: Sébastien Bachollet

Other Board attendees: Chris Disspain

Staff Attendees: Akram Atallah – Chief Operating Officer; Elise Gerich – VP, IANA; David Olive – Senior Vice President, Policy Development Support; Kurt Pritz – Senior Vice President, Stakeholder Relations; Samantha Eisner, Janice Douma Lange, Christina Rodriguez, Scott Pinzon, Alina Syunkova, Nick Tomasso and Filiz Yilmaz


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

  1. Minutes of Prior Meeting: The PPC approved the minutes of its prior meeting in September 2011.

  2. Outreach Program: The PPC received a presentation from staff on planning for future outreach work.

  3. ATRT Implementation Work: The PPC received report from staff on the ATRT Implementation Work relating to the public comment processes, including the outcomes of the focus group work on the public comment enhancements and the testing of the comment-reply cycle. The PPC reviewed the outcomes of the community input on the proposed enhancements to the public comment process, including the topics of stratification and prioritization of comment period. The PPC also discussed the potential monitoring or moderating needs for comment periods after the introduction of a reply cycle. Staff also provided an update on the work to produce a language-services policy to meet recommendation 18.

  4. Redesign of ICANN.org: Staff provided an update on the progress of the redesign of ICANN.org, with a focus on ease of information and tailoring the user experience. The PPC provided suggestions for modification.

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."