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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 23 January 2006 and was called to order at 1:08 P.M. PDT US.

Vinton G. Cerf (Chairman) presided over the entire meeting. The following other Board Directors participated in all or part of the meeting: Raimundo Beca, Susan Crawford, Mouhamet Diop, Demi Getschko, Hagen Hultzsch, Joichi Ito, Veni Markovski, Michael Palage, Alejandro Pisanty, Hualin Qian, Njeri Rionge, Vanda Scartezini, Peter Dengate Thrush and Paul Twomey.

Liaisons present included Steve Crocker (SSAC), Daniel Dardailler (TLG), Roberto Gaetano (ALAC), Thomas Narten (IETF), Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi (GAC), and Suzanne Woolf (RSSAC). John Jeffrey, General Counsel and Board Secretary and Kurt Pritz, Vice President, Business Operations was also present. Joe Sims and Jeff Levee of Jones Day were present on the call as outside counsel to ICANN.

There was no voting transcript of this meeting, as there was no vote proposed or taken.

VeriSign Settlement Issues

There was an extensive and detailed discussion regarding the terms of the proposed settlement with VeriSign and the litigation with VeriSign. Staff and outside counsel made presentations and responded to questions from the board members regarding the litigation and the settlement and the following documents:

1) A clean version of the 2006 .COM Registry Agreement and Root Server Management Transition Agreement.

2) A redlined version of the 2006 .COM Agreement and Root Server Management Transition Agreement, redlined against the publicly posted 2005 version of the same agreements.

3) Summary of Revisions to the VeriSign Settlement Agreement/.COM Registry Agreement.

Counsel was asked to return to provide additional information at the next scheduled Special Board Meeting and the board indicated a desire to discuss all public comments during the next scheduled board meeting.

The Meeting was adjourned at 2:14 PM.

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."