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Minutes | Special Meeting of the Board

A Special Meeting of the ICANN's Board of Directors was held via teleconference on 24 January 2005 and was called to order at 1:35PM (Pacific Standard Time (PST), California). Chairman Vinton G. Cerf presided over the entire meeting. The following other Board Directors participated in all or part of the meeting: Raimundo Beca, Mouhamet Diop, Hagen Hultzsch, Joichi Ito, Veni Markovski, Thomas Niles, Michael D. Palage, Alejandro Pisanty, Hualin Qian, Njeri Rionge, Vanda Scartezini and Paul Twomey.

The following Board Liaisons participated in all or part of the meeting: Steve Crocker, Security and Stability Advisory Committee Liaison; Roberto Gaetano, At Large Advisory Committee Liaison; John Klensin, IETF Liaison; and Suzanne Woolf, Root Server System Advisory Committee Liaison.

John Jeffrey, General Counsel and Board Secretary participated in the meeting. The following ICANN staff members also participated in the meeting: Doug Barton, General Manager for IANA; Tina Dam, Chief gTLD Registry Liaison; Anne-Rachel Inni, Policy Analyst; Kurt J. Pritz, Vice President of Business Operations; Theresa Swinehart, General Manager, Global Partnerships; and, Paul Verhoef, Vice President, Policy Development Support.

Chairman Vint Cerf made some opening remarks and then the Board engaged in discussion regarding the following items and in some cases adopted resolutions, as set forth below:

Approval of RegistryPro Request to Launch ENG.PRO

Tina Dam introduced the topic for discussion for requests from RegistryPro for ENG.PRO and ING.PRO. John Klensin provided additional comments. Following additional discussion, Michael D. Palage moved for a vote on a resolution approving RegistryPro's request, which was seconded by Hagen Hultzsch. During the discussion of the motion, it was determined that RegistryPro should provide additional information regarding how they intend to implement ING.PRO and instructed staff to ask RegistryPro to resubmit their request with additional information about their intended technical implementation. The following resolution was voted on by the Board:

Whereas the .PRO Registry Agreement, Appendix L, Section 4, contains a procedure by which the registry operator may propose to ICANN the implementation of additional profession specific second level domains.

Whereas, the registry operator on 20 December 2004 followed this procedure and proposed to ICANN the introduction of a new profession-specific second level domain (ENG.PRO).

Resolved (05.01), the President and the Geneal Counsel are authorized to approve the proposal made by the registry operator and hence allow for implementation of ENG.PRO.

This resolution was unanimously approved by the Board, 12-0. Njeri Rionge and Hualin Qian were not present for the vote.

Delegation of .TL (Timor-Leste)

Anne-Rachel Inni introduced the topic for discussion. Doug Barton and Paul Twomey provided additional information. Following additional discussion, Alejandro Pisanty moved for a vote on the following resolution, which was seconded by Hagen Hultzsch and Vanda Scartezini:

Whereas, country-code top-level domains in the Internet domain-name system are designated by two-letter codes ("alpha-2 codes") shown on the ISO 3166-1 list maintained by the ISO 3166 Maintenance Agency (ISO 3166/MA).

Whereas, the alpha-2 code " TL" was assigned to the ISO 3166-1 list in May 2002 for the Democratic Republic of East Timor. In November of 2002, the name of the country was also changed on the ISO list to Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste.

Whereas, the Government of the DR Timor-Leste endorsed the Department of Information Technology (DoIT) at the Ministry of Transport, Communication and Public Works as the appropriate entity to both hold the delegation of administrative authority for the .TL ccTLD and to manage the process of migration from the legacy .TP ccTLD.

Whereas, the DoIT sent ICANN a request to delegate the TLD to them on August 2004.

Whereas, the DoIT has sent all paperwork and formal endorsement from the Government and is now technically ready to operate the TLD.

Resolved (05.02) that the proposed delegation of the .TL country code top level domain to assigned according to ISO 3166 for Timor-Leste, to the Department of Information Technology at the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Public Works in the DR Timor-Leste is approved.

This resolution was unanimously approved by the Board, 12-0. Njeri Rionge was not present for the vote.

Redelegation of .FK (Falkland Islands (Malvinas))

Anne-Rachel Inni introduced the topic for discussion. Doug Barton and Paul Twomey provided additional information. Following additional discussion, Hagen Hultzsch moved for a vote on the following resolution, which was seconded by Veni Markovski:

Whereas, the .FK ccTLD was first created on 27 June 1997.

Whereas, .FK is currently under the sponsorship of the Falkland Islands Government with a local administrative contact, Mr. Gordon Ewing and an external technical operator, listed at root zone as U-NET ltd which has become in the United Kingdom.

Whereas, the Falkland Islands Development Corporation (FIDC) has always administratively managed the TLD in the Islands.

Whereas the FIDC has requested to change the data in the root zone to appear as the managing entity and to locate the technical administration on the islands, and the current administrative contact has agreed to the proposed redelegation.

Resolved (05.03) that the proposed redelegation of the .FK country code top level domain assigned according to ISO 3166 for Falkland Islands (Malvinas), to the Falkland Islands Development Corporation is approved.

This resolution was approved by the Board by a vote of 11-0, with one abstention by Alejandro Pisanty. Njeri Rionge was not present for the vote.

sTLD Update

Kurt Pritz provided an update on all 10 applications and where they all stood in the process.

.XXX Discussion

Kurt Pritz introduced the .XXX application materials, evaluator's responses and the applicant's supplemental materials. There was extensive board discussion regarding the application in particular focused around the issue of whether a sponsored community criteria of the RFP was appropriately met. Various Board Members suggested that it might be useful for the applicants to give a presentation to the board on these issues at a later board meeting and asked staff to discuss this with the applicants.


Vint Cerf suggested that the agenda items that the Board was unable to get to could be carried over until the next scheduled meeting on 18 February 2005. Vint Cerf formally adjourned the meeting at 4:31P.M., PST.

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."