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Minutes | Special Meeting of the Board

Chairman Vinton G. Cerf presided over the entire meeting. The following other Board Directors participated in all or part of the meeting: Raimundo Beca, Peter Dengate Thrush, Mouhamet Diop, Demi Getschko, 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; Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi, Governmental Advisory Committee Liaison; Richard Thwaites, Technical Liaison Group Liaison; and Suzanne Woolf, Root Server System Advisory Committee Liaison. At the request of ICANN's Board, Thomas Narten, the IETF Liaison Designate also joined the call.

The following staff participated in the Meeting: John Jeffrey, General Counsel and Board Secretary; John Crain, Chief Technology Officer; and Kurt J. Pritz, Vice President of Business Operations.

The meeting was called to order by Vinton Cerf at 2:16 PM, Pacific Daylight Time.

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 Minutes for the 3 May 2005 Special Meeting of the Board

At the beginning of the Board Meeting the following resolution was introduced by Vint Cerf and was seconded by Michael Palage. An amendment was offered regarding director's expenses by Alejandro Pisanty and the Board voted on the following resolution:

Resolved [05.34], the minutes of the meeting of the Board on 3 May 2005, are hereby approved and adopted by the Board as altered during the Board Meeting.

The board approved the following resolution unanimously by a vote of 14-0. Raimundo Beca was not present during the vote. These minutes have been posted on the ICANN Website at the following link: http://www.icann.org/minutes/minutes-03may05.htm.

[Please note. At the end of the meeting additional minutes were also approved for the 1 June 2005 Special Meeting of the Board.]

.NET Successor Registry Process

The balance of the meeting was spent in broad discussion continued from the 1June 2005 Board Meeting. All of the Board Members, Liaisons and Staff participated in the discussion. The discussion surrounded the .NET registry successor process, the adequacy of the RFP, the independent review conducted by Telcordia, the input of the other .NET applicants, community input and suggestions for contractual provisions, the terms of the current .NET Registry Agreement, and the terms of the newly negotiated .Net Registry Agreement with VeriSign. Peter Dengate Thrush and other proposed that some contingencies be placed upon the proposed VeriSign .NET Registry Agreement and a unofficial straw vote was taken to determine if the Board Members were in agreement, and having failed, no amendment was proposed. Following this discussion, Hagen Hultzsch moved and Thomas Niles seconded, a request for a vote on the following resolution:

Whereas, the May 2001 .NET Registry Agreement between VeriSign, Inc., and ICANN will expire on 30 June 2005;

Whereas, in resolution 04.18, the Board authorized the President to take steps to initiate the process as specified in Section 5.2 of the .NET Registry Agreement for designating a successor operator for the .net registry, including referrals and requests for advice to the GNSO and other relevant committees and organizations as appropriate.

Whereas, in resolutions 04.45 and 04.46, the Board adopted an open and transparent procedure for designating a successor operator for .NET registry, and authorized the President to initiate the process, including working with the GNSO to finalize the .NET successor registry criteria.

Whereas, a detailed request for proposals, including a statement of criteria for assessing the proposals, was developed and, after public comment, and comments and questions from prospective bidders, finalized and posted on the ICANN web site.

Whereas, in response to the RFP, five organizations submitted proposals.

Whereas, numerous public comments concerning the applications were received electronically through ICANN's public comment forums and were posted.

Whereas, an independent evaluation of the proposals was prepared by Telcordia Technologies, Inc.

Whereas, comments from the applicants and the public on the independent evaluation was invited, received, and posted.

Whereas, ICANN has successfully completed the negotiation of a new .NET Registry Agreement with VeriSign, the top-ranked applicant, based upon the previously posted form of agreement.

Whereas, the Board has reviewed the applications, the evaluation report, and the various the comments and other materials received;

Resolved [05.35] that the Board selects the proposal of VeriSign, Inc. to continue its operation of the .NET registry, approves the proposed agreement with VeriSign, and authorizes the President to take such actions as appropriate to implement the agreement.

The Board approved this resolution by a vote of 8-4 with three abstentions.

Affirmative votes were cast by Vint Cerf, Mouhamet Diop, Hagen Hultzsch, Veni Markovski, Thomas Niles, Hualin Qian, Njeri Rionge and Paul Twomey. Negative votes were cast by Raimundo Beca, Alejandro Pisanty, Vanda Scartezini, and Peter Dengate Thrush. The following Board Members abstained from voting: Demi Getschko, Joichi Ito and Michael Palage. All of the Board Members were present for the vote.

Approval of Minutes for the 1 June 2005 Special Meeting of the Board

The resolution and the minutes were introduced by Vint Cerf. Raimundo Beca offered comments on suggested changes. A resolution was offered to approve the minutes with some of the additional language offered by Raimundo Beca. Alejandro Pisanty moved, and Hagen Hultzsch seconded a request for a vote on the following resolution:

Resolved [05.36], the minutes of the meeting of the Board on 1 June 2005, are hereby approved and adopted by the Board as altered during the Board Meeting.

The board approved the following resolution unanimously by a vote of 14-1, with a negative vote was recorded for Raimundo Beca. These minutes have been posted on the ICANN Website at the following link: http://www.icann.org/minutes/minutes-01jun05.htm.

Other Business

The Secretary was requested to arrange for another meeting in approximately two weeks time.

The Meeting was adjourned at 4:04 PM, Pacific Daylight Time.

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."