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Public Participation Committee (PPC) Meeting Minutes

PPC Attendees: Sébastien Bachollet – Chair, Chris Disspain, Thomas Narten, Gonzalo Navarro, Mike Silber and Kuo-Wei Wu

Other Board attendees: Bertrand de La Chapelle, George Sadowsky and Bruce Tonkin

Staff Attendees: Akram Atallah, Chief Operating Officer; Xavier Calvez, Chief Financial Officer; Kurt Pritz, Chief Strategy Officer; Megan Bishop, Michelle Bright, Sally Costerton, Samantha Eisner, David Olive, Christina Rodriguez, 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 in September 2012.
  2. Review of Action Items: The PPC reviewed open action items not scheduled for discussion and agreed on status of work.
  3. Consolidated Meetings Strategy: The PPC reviewed the Consolidated Meetings Strategy proposal that was posted for public comment. The PPC continued its discussion of the goals that this proposal is designed to meet and how it will facilitate community engagement as the size of ICANN meetings grow. The PPC discussion focused on the need to be very specific in requirements and to evaluate them more closely to make sure that we are not being too limiting from the outset, as well as the need to consider regional inputs on this proposal.
    • Action:
      • Staff to work with PPC members to define the right messaging and explanation for this work in advance of the session in Toronto.
  4. Any Other Business: The PPC received an update on ongoing discussions within the community on how to improve communications on meeting scheduling.
    • Action:
      • Staff to provide summary of community discussion on this issue.
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."