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Agenda for Board Meeting

  1. Consent Agenda

    1. Approval of Minutes of 25 January 2011 ICANN Special Board Meeting

    2. From SSAC – Approval of Changes to Membership

    3. Approval of VeriSign RSEP request (for .NAME) for release of numeric-only strings and numeric strings with hyphens

    4. From the SIC – ccNSO Review – receipt of Board WG final report and dissolution of the WG

    5. From the SIC – Approval of Revision of Bylaws re implementation of SSAC Review Working Group Report

    6. From the BGC – Approval of membership of IDN Variants Working Group

    7. From the BFC – Approval of Investment Management Firm

    8. Approval of Location of ICANN Public Meeting in Africa – October 2011

    9. Approval of Location of ICANN Public Meeting in North America – October 2012

    10. Approval of ICANN Public Meeting Dates for 2014-2016

Main Agenda

  1. 2011-2014 Strategic Plan – for approval

  2. Outcome of Bylaw Consultation with the GAC on the new gTLD Program

  3. Outcome of Bylaw Consultation with the GAC on ICM Registry

  4. AOC Reviews including ATRT Recommendations

  5. From the SIC – GNSO Constituency Process

  6. From the BFC – Approval of Expenses Related to Board Approved Activities

  7. From the SIC – TLG Review – actions based on Independent Reviewer’s Final Report

  8. Fast Track Review Possible Actions

  9. Issues Arising from Silicon Valley Meeting

  10. 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."