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A meeting of the Transition Board of Directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was held by teleconference on 4 February 2003. The following Directors of the Corporation were present by telephone: Vint Cerf (chairman), Amadeu Abril i Abril, Karl Auerbach, Ivan Moura Campos, Lyman Chapin, Jonathan Cohen, Mouhamet Diop (attended intermittently), Masanobu Katoh, Hans Kraaijenbrink, Sang-Hyon Kyong, Andy Mueller-Maguhn, Jun Murai, Alejandro Pisanty, Nii Quaynor, Helmut Schink (attended intermittently), Francisco da Silva, and Linda S. Wilson. Also present on the teleconference were Rob Blokzijl and Mike Roberts (members of the Executive Search Committee).

The meeting was called to order by Vint Cerf at 15:13 UTC. Lyman Chapin was appointed to act as secretary for the meeting.

CEO Search

Noting that this meeting was concerned with the personnel matter of discussing the qualifications of the final candidates for ICANN CEO, the Chair reminded the participants of the importance of maintaining confidentiality.

The Board continued the discussion begun on 29 January 2003 of the final candidates for ICANN CEO. Before re-opening the discussion of the candidates, the Chair conducted a straw poll which confirmed that the state of consensus with which the 29 January discussion had concluded was unchanged. A lengthy discussion ensued. At the end of this discussion the Chair conducted another poll, recognizing a consensus strong enough for him to pursue negotiations with one of the candidates. The Board supported the Chair's proposal to do so.

The meeting was adjourned at 16:02 UTC.

Lyman Chapin
Secretary for the Meeting

Louis Touton
ICANN Secretary

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."