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[Special note from ICANN Secretary: At the request of the Board and consistent with the Board Resolution (introduced by the Reconsideration Committee and passed by the full Board of Directors in Luxembourg), commencing at the next ICANN Board Meeting, transcripts of all board votes and associated Board Member Statements will be transcribed and will be published as part of the Board Minutes for that meeting. The Preliminary Report will still focus on adopted resolutions from each meeting.]

A Special Meeting of the ICANN Board of Directors was held via teleconference, on 28 July 2005, and was called to order at 5:05 AM, Pacific Daylight Time. 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, Demi Getschko, Hagen Hultzsch, Joichi Ito, Veni Markovski, Thomas Niles, Michael D. Palage, Hualin Qian, Njeri Rionge, Vanda Scartezini, , and Paul Twomey. The following Board Members did not participate in the Meeting: Alejandro Pisanty, and Peter Dengate Thrush. 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; Thomas Narten, IETF Liaison; Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi, Governmental Advisory Committee Liaison; and Richard Thwaites, Technical Liaison Group Liaison. John Jeffrey, General Counsel and Board Secretary also participated in the meeting. Kurt Pritz, Vice President of Business Operations, and Barbara Roseman, IANA Operations Manager also participated in the meeting from Staff.

Approval of Minutes for the 15 June 2005 Regular Meeting of the Board

Michael Palage moved for the resolution to be voted on, and Mouhamet Diop seconded that motion. Raimundo Beca, Michael Palage and Vint Cerf suggested changes to the minutes, and then the board voted on the following resolution relating to the amended minutes:

Resolved [05.68], the minutes of the meeting of the Board on 15 June 2005, are hereby approved and adopted by the Board.

The board approved the resolution by a unanimous vote of the Board Members present, 13-0. Alejandro Pisanty and Peter Dengate Thrush were not present for the vote.

Redelegation of .KZ ( Kazakhstan)

Barbara Roseman introduced the resolution. Various Board Members questioned staff about the redelegation and the various facts set out in the IANA report [now published at http://www.iana.org/reports/kz-report-05aug05.pdf ] were discussed.

Michael Palage raised the following three points regarding ccTLD redelegations in general. First, Mr. Palage reinforced the second point in the US Principles on the Internet Domain Name and Addressing System which state that "governments have a legitimate interest in the management of their ccTLDs". Second, Mr. Palage raised a question regarding revisions to the step-by-step guidelines regarding ccTLD redelegations that would remove any confusion regarding the requirement for a ccTLD-ICANN agreement. Third, Mr. Palage stressed the need for ICANN/IANA to move forward expeditiously with the translations of these key documents to help all countries, but particularly developing countries, in this vital task.

In response to Michael Palage's comments, ICANN staff noted that ICANN/IANA had already implemented changes to the ccTLD guidelines appearing on the ICANN website to address the concern about the requirement for an agreement. Agreements between ccTLD operators and ICANN are desirable but not necessary to finalize a redelegation.

Following the above and other detailed discussion of the proposed .KZ redelegation, the Following discussion, Hagen Hultzsch moved and Michael Palage seconded the following resolution:

Whereas, the .KZ top-level domain was originally delegated on 19 September 1994.

Whereas, ICANN has received a request for the redelegation of .KZ to the Kazakhstan Association of IT.

Whereas, ICANN has reviewed the request, and has determined that the proposed redelegation would be in the best interests of the local and global Internet communities.

Resolved (05.69) that the proposed redelegation of the .KZ ccTLD to the Kazakhstan Association of IT Companies is approved.

The Board approved the resolution by a vote of 9-0, with two abstentions by Raimundo Beca and Veni Markovski. Mouhamet Diop, Alejandro Pisanty, Njeri Rionge and Peter Dengate Thrush were not present during the vote.

Redelegation of .IQ ( Iraq )

Barbara Roseman introduced the resolution. Various Board Members questioned staff about the redelegation and the various facts set out in the IANA report [now published at http://www.iana.org/reports/iq-report-05aug05.pdf ] were discussed. Following a detailed discussion of the proposed .IQ redelegation, Michael Palage moved and Thomas Niles seconded the following resolution:

Whereas, the .IQ top-level domain was originally delegated on 9 May 1997.

Whereas, ICANN has received a request for the redelegation of .IQ to the National Communications and Media Commission (NCMC) of Iraq.

Whereas, ICANN has reviewed the request, and has determined that the proposed redelegation would be in the best interests of the local and global Internet communities.

Resolved (05.70) that the proposed redelegation of the .IQ ccTLD to the National Communications and Media Commission (NCMC) of Iraq is approved.

The Board approved the resolution by a vote of 9-0, with one abstention by Raimundo Beca. Mouhamet Diop, Alejandro Pisanty, Njeri Rionge and Peter Dengate Thrush were not present during the vote. Veni Markovski indicated his support for the resolution earlier in the meeting, but was not present for the roll call vote.

The Meeting was adjourned at 6:59 AM, Pacific Daylight Time.

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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."