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Report on Board Informational Calls on IANA Stewardship Transition

The Board held an Informational Call on the IANA Stewardship Transition telephonically on 4 November 2015 at 1300 UTC. Due to time constraints, the call reconvened at 2100 UTC.

Board Directors present for all or part of the meeting:
Rinalia Abdul Rahim, Cherine Chalaby (Vice Chair), Steve Crocker (Chair), Chris Disspain, Asha Hemrajani, Lito Ibarra, Markus Kummer, Lousewies van der Laan, Erika Mann, Ram Mohan, George Sadowsky, Thomas Schneider, Ron da Silva, Bruce Tonkin, Suzanne Woolf and Kuo-Wei Wu

Board Liaisons present for all or part of the meeting:
Ram Mohan (SSAC Liaison), Thomas Schneider (GAC Liaison), Jonne Soininen (IETF Liaison), and Suzanne Woolf (RSSAC Liaison)

Secretary: John Jeffrey (General Counsel and Secretary)

ICANN Staff present for all or part of the meeting:
Grace Abuhamad, Akram Atallah, Megan Bishop, Michelle Bright, David Conrad, Samantha Eisner, Tarek Kamel, Melissa King, Vinciane Koenigsfeld, Theresa Swinehart and Tarek Kamel

  1. Review of Timeline & Milestones

    The Board discussed the updated timeline to the transition with a focus on the discussions that are occurring at the moment within the CCWG-Accountability, including the preparation of the respective documents that will be coming out on 15 November (the higher level executive summary document of changes and recommendations) and 30 November (the more detailed report documenting the recommendations within the proposal).

  2. Update on Key Issues

    The Board received an update on key areas, including:

    • Status of the ICG proposal, with agreement from the Board to be prepared to consider the proposal quickly upon receipt.
    • Preparations to provide public comment on the RIR SLA's that are back up for comment.
    • Status on the IPR discussions within the CWG-Stewardship.
    • Overview on the status of GAC discussions on Stress Test 18.
    • Full Board recall: the Board discussed the evolution of the community thresholds required to enact this power, in light of the clear indication that some ACs will not be participating in the community consensus process.
    • Human Rights: the Board received an update on the evolution of the human rights issue within WP4 and the proposed Bylaws language under consideration. The Board requested some analysis of the impact of the current language under discussion.
    • Mission Statement: the Board discussed the work in the CCWG following the IAB's request to modify the Mission Statement, and discussed the relationship of a revised IRP with the Mission Statement.

No resolutions were considered or approved during the Informational Call.

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"""" is not an IDN."