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Special Board Meeting - Proposed Agenda

A. Consent Agenda

  1. Approval of Minutes – 3 February 2009 and 12 February 2009
  2. Approval of Board Audit Committee’s Recommendation for Engagement of Auditors for FY09-10
  3. Approval of Charter of Community-Wide Working Group to Review The Structure of ICANN’s Present Geographic Regions
  4. Approval of Board Governance Committee’s Recommendation regarding Ombudsman Framework
  5. Approval of Board Governance Committee’s Recommendation for Posting of the Revised Conflict of Interest Policy for Public Comment
  6. Approval of Board Governance Committee’s Recommendation of Procedures for Board Nominations
  7. Approval of Redelegation of .NG
  8. Approval of Phased Allocation Process for Single & Two-Character Domain Names in .BIZ, including proposed Contract Amendment
  9. Approval of Posting for Public Comment the Plan for Enhancing Internet Security, Stability & Resiliency
  10. Approval of Staff to Follow the Global Policy Proposal for the Allocation of IPv4 Blocks to Regional Internet Registries

B. Regular Agenda

  1. GNSO Improvements
    1. Implementation Efforts
    2. GNSO Council Restructuring
  2. New gTLD Implementation Updates
    1. Implementation Recommendation Team
    2. Geographical Names
    3. Timeline
  3. Approval of Seoul Budget - October 2009 Meeting Location
  4. Agenda for Upcoming Board Retreat
  5. Other Business
  6. Board Executive Session

C. Informational Agenda

  1. Registrar Accreditation Agreement Update
  2. .PRO Registry Agreement Renewal
  3. IDNccTLD Update
  4. Update on FY10 Operational Planning & Budget Process
  5. Reports from Board Committees
    1. Audit Committee – 28 February 2009 Preliminary Report
    2. Board Governance Committee – 11 February 2009 and 28 February 2009 Minutes
    3. Finance Committee – 10 February 2009 Minutes and 28 February 2009 Preliminary Report
    4. IANA Committee – 28 January 2009 and 16 February 2009 Minutes and 1 March 2009 Preliminary Report
    5. Public Participation Committee – 17 February 2009 and 28 February 2009 Minutes
    6. Risk Committee – 27 January 2009 and 1 March 2009 Preliminary Reports
    7. Structural Improvements Committee – 10 February 2009 Minutes and 28 February 2009 Preliminary Report
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."