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Board Meeting - Agenda

21-22 May 2009

Consent Agenda – For Action

    1. Approval of Minutes – 23 April 2009
    2. Approval of Charter of Community-Wide Working Group to Review The Structure of ICANN’s Present Geographic Regions
    3. Approval of Structural Improvements Committee’s Recommendation regarding the ccNSO Review Terms of Reference
    4. Approval of Structural Improvements Committee’s Recommendation regarding the ccNSO Review Working Group
    5. Approval of the Finance Committee’s Recommendation regarding International Currency Exchange Management Policy
    6. Approval of the Czech Arbitration Court Pilot Project
    7. Approval of the Registrar Accreditation Agreement Amendments

Agenda – For Action And/Or Discussion

    1. Approval of Phased Allocation Process for Single & Two-Character Domain Names in .BIZ, including proposed Contract Amendment
    2. Approval of Phased Equitable Re-allocation Process for Non-Compliant Sunrise Names in dot-info, Including Proposed Contract Amendment
    3. Approval of Location and Budget of Africa Meeting 2010
    4. Approval of Recommendation of Structural Improvements Committee regarding Modification to Bylaws regarding Organization Reviews
    5. Approval of Recommendation of Structural Improvements Committee regarding Systemization of Organizational Review Processes
    6. Structural Improvements Committee Recommendations from Retreat – for discussion and possible action
      1. GNSO Improvements - Action on Proposed Stakeholder Group Charters
      2. At Large Seat
      3. Board Review Working Group Recommendations
    7. Approval of Recommendations from Public Participation Committee regarding Meetings
    8. Update on Improving Institutional Confidence
    9. Update on planning for Sydney Meeting
    10. Update on outcomes from Board Retreat including:
      1. DNSSEC
      2. IDNs
      3. Other new gTLDs
    11. Other Business
    12. Board Executive Session

Information Papers – No Action Required – No Discussion Necessary Unless Board Members Have Questions

    1. Update on Public Comment Periods
    2. Reports from Board Committees
      1. Board Governance Committee – 8 April 2009 Minutes and May 2009 Preliminary Report
      2. Finance Committee – 16 April 2009 Preliminary Report
      3. IANA Committee – 28 April 2009 Preliminary Report
      4. Public Participation Committee – 14 April 2009 Preliminary Report
      5. Structural Improvements Committee – 15 April 2009 Minutes
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."