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Board Meeting - Agenda

  1. Consent Agenda –
    1. Approval of Minutes
    2. Reports from Board Committees – Committees
      1. Board Governance Committee
        3 December 2008 Minutes and 7 January 2009 Preliminary Report
      2. Finance Committee
        18 November 2008 Minutes and 13 January 2009 Preliminary Report
      3. IANA Committee
        10 December 2008 Preliminary Report
      4. Public Participation Committee
        16 December 2008 Minutes and 14 January 2009 Preliminary Report
      5. Structural Improvements Committee
        13 January 2009 Preliminary Report
  2. 2009-2012 Strategic Plan
  3. SSAC/RSSAC Stability Study
  4. IDNccTLD Fast Track Update
  5. Proposed Bylaw Revisions Requested by Nominating Committee
  6. .SO Redelegation
  7. .BY Redelegation
  8. GNSO Improvements / Implementation
    1. GNSO Council Term Limits
    2. Role of Individual User
  9. Renewal of .AERO Sponsorship Agreement
  10. Board Governance Committee’s Recommendation for Appointment of Liaisons to Board Committees
  11. Proposed Bylaw Revisions Regarding Board Committees
  12. Update on Compliance Improvements
  13. Update on Mexico City Meeting Public Forum
  14. Monthly President’s Report
  15. President’s Strategy Committee / JPA Update
  16. Security Initiatives Update
  17. Making Information Available in Machine Processable Format
  18. Board Only Session – CEO & Ombudsman Goal-Setting
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."