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Board Meeting - Agenda

  1. Consent Agenda:
    1. From the Board Finance Committee -- Endorsing investment policy & adopting minor amendments
    2. From the Board Governance Committee
      1. Conflicts of Interest Policy – approval
      2. Nominating Committee Member from Research & Academia – Confirmation
    3. From the Structural Improvements Committee
      1. Nominating Committee Review Working Group: Approval of the proposed composition
      2. ccNSO Review: Approval to publish RFP for hiring an external consultant
      3. Systematization of Organizational Review processes: Adoption of Proposal
    4. Response to Ombudsman Recommendations

    Main Board Meeting - For Action and Discussion:

  2. From the Structural Improvements Committee regarding GNSO Improvements
    1. Stakeholder Group Charters
    2. Board Seats 13 & 14
    3. New Constituencies
    4. Changes to Bylaws
  3. IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process – keeping on track for launch just after Seoul
  4. New gTLDS – Remaining Open Issues
  5. JPA Progress Report – plan going forward
  6. IGF Planning – Current Strategy
  7. President & CEO's Report
  8. Updates

  9. DNSSEC Implementation
  10. Root scalability study update
  11. At-Large Board Seats
  12. Document Deadline Policy for ICANN International Meetings from Public Participation Committee
  13. Other Business
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."