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Board Meeting - Agenda

Consent Agenda:

  1. Consent Agenda Resolution:
    1. Minutes of 9 December 2009 Meeting
    2. Minutes of 22 January 2010 Meeting
    3. puntCAT Contract Amendment re One and Two Character Names
    4. .IN Redelegation Request
    5. Recommendation from Finance Committee regarding FY10 Budget

Main Board Meeting:

  1. President’s Report
  2. Approval of Strategic Plan for 2010-2013
  3. Adoption of Event Security Risk, Contracts and Cancellation Management Policy
  4. Nairobi Security & Risk Mitigation Planning Update
  5. New gTLDs
    1. Expressions of Interest in new gTLDs
    2. Vertical Integration (Registry-Registrar Separation)
    3. Relaxing 3-Character Requirement for gTLDs
  6. Update on ICANN Proposed Security Initiatives in Response to Affirmation and IANA Contract Requirements
  7. Recommendation from Board Governance Committee for Consideration of Board Chairman Remuneration
  8. ICANN Media Relations Report
  9. Recommendations of Ombudsman File 09-58
  10. Update on IDNs
  11. Any Other Business
  12. Executive Session
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."