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Agenda - 28 October 2010 ICANN Board Meeting

  1. Executive Session
    1. Approval of CEO Objectives & Metrics
  2. Consent Agenda
    1. Approval of Minutes of 5 August 2010 ICANN Special Board Meeting
    2. Approval of Minutes of 25 September 2010 ICANN Special Board Meeting
    3. From the SSAC – Changes to SSAC Membership
    4. From the Board Governance Committee – Approval of revised Board Audit Committee Charter and Board Executive Committee Charter
    5. From the Board Governance Committee – Approval of Chair and Vice-Chair Position Descriptions
    6. From the Board Governance Committee – Approval for Posting of Bylaw Changes relating to Transition of Board Terms
    7. From the Board Structural Improvements Committee – Approval of Bylaws Necessary to Seat Director from At-Large Community
    8. From the Board Structural Improvements Committee – Approval of Posting for Comment of SSAC Related Changes to ICANN Bylaws
    9. From the Board Structural Improvements Committee – Approval of Posting for Comment of Nominating Committee Chair-Elect Changes to ICANN Bylaws
    10. Ratification of MOU with Global Cyber Security Center (ES-SEC)
    11. Approval of Funding Source for New gTLD Deployment Budget

Main Agenda

  1. President & CEO’s Report
  2. IDN ccTLDs
    1. Update on IDN ccTLDs
    2. Issues Report on Variant Management
  3. Delegation of قطر. ("Qatar")
  4. Redelegation of .QA (QATAR) top-level
  5. New gTLD Program
    1. Update on Timeline
    2. Vertical Integration
    3. GNSO New gTLD Recommendation 6 Objection Process
    4. GAC Issues Letter including Geographic Names
    5. Affirmation of Commitment Considerations
  6. ICM Registry Sponsored Top-Level Domains – .XXX
  7. Status Report on AOC Reviews
  8. Oversight of Board Committees – Report of Board Finance Committee & Board Audit Committee
  9. Any 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""icann.org"" is not an IDN."