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Amendments to Article XI, Section 2.3 of the ICANN Bylaws - DNS Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC)

Comment/Reply Periods (*) Important Information Links
Comment Open: 3 January 2013
Comment Close: 2 February 2013
Close Time (UTC): 23:59 Public Comment Announcement
Reply Open: Cancelled – No Comments To Submit Your Comments (Forum Closed)
Reply Close:   View Comments Submitted
Close Time (UTC):   Report of Public Comments
Brief Overview
Originating Organization: Organizational Reviews
Categories/Tags:
  • Reviews/Improvements
  • RSSAC
  • Bylaws
Purpose (Brief): The proposed amendments to Article XI, Section 2.3 of the ICANN Bylaws are intended to clarify the continuing purpose of the Root Server Advisory Committee (RSSAC) and are consequence of the organizational review of the RSSAC. The Community is invited to provide comments and input.
Current Status: Bylaws amendments for public comment
Next Steps: Public comments are requested to inform subsequent Board consideration and action.
Staff Contact: Alice Jansen Email: alice.jansen@icann.org
Detailed Information
Section I: Description, Explanation, and Purpose

A working group formed to discuss the implementation [PDF, 445 KB] of recommendations arising out of the organizational review of the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) has recommended amendments to the Bylaws addressing the RSSAC in order to comply with requirements of the RSSAC review final report [PDF, 235 KB]. The Board of Directors requested the posting of the proposed amendments to Article XI, Section 2.3 of the ICANN Bylaws for public comment. These Bylaws amendments are intended to clarify the continuing purpose of the Root Server Advisory Committee (RSSAC). The Community is now invited to provide input and comments on Proposed amendments to Article XI, Section 2.3 of the ICANN Bylaws [PDF, 100 KB].

Section II: Background

In January 2010 the Board approved the RSSAC review final report implementation steps and instructed the Structural Improvements Committee (SIC), in coordination with staff, to provide a final implementation plan to address the RSSAC review final recommendations and conclusions. A joint RSSAC-SIC Working Group formed to conclude the implementation of the recommendations arising out of the organizational review of the RSSAC has recommended modifications to the Bylaws addressing the RSSAC. On 20 December 2012, the Board directed the ICANN President and CEO to post for public comment the proposed changes to Article XI, Section 2.3 of the ICANN Bylaws that are necessary to modify the charter for the RSSAC in line with the recommendations arising out of the organizational review of the RSSAC.

Section III: Document and Resource Links
Section IV: Additional Information
Please submit your comments to comments-bylaws-03jan13@icann.org by 2 February 2013. The reply period will open on 3 February 2013 and will close on 17 February 2013.

(*) Comments submitted after the posted Close Date/Time are not guaranteed to be considered in any final summary, analysis, reporting, or decision-making that takes place once this period lapses.

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."