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Minutes | Executive Committee Meeting

The Executive Committee of the ICANN Board of Directors met via teleconference on 10 April 2006. Chairman Vint Cerf opened the meeting at 1.04 PM PDT US. The following Executive Committee Members attended the meeting: Vint Cerf (Chair), Demi Getschko, Alejandro Pisanty, and Paul Twomey. Njeri Rionge was not present. John Jeffrey, General Counsel & Secretary, and Kurt Pritz, Vice President, also attended.

The following items were discussed:

1. Setting of Special Meeting Agenda for 10 May 2006

After a full discussion regarding proposed agenda items from the ICANN Board and Staff, the Executive Committee Members present unanimously approved the following Agenda for the 10 May 2006 Special Board Meeting with a time management plan signaled by the proposed times for each item in parentheses:

  1. Approval of Minutes (5 minutes)

  2. Review of progress regarding proposed .TEL (Telnic) sTLD Registry Agreement (15 minutes)

  3. Review of progress regarding proposed .XXX (ICM) sTLD Registry Agreement (30 minutes)

  4. Approval of Financial Expenditures — Attorneys Fees / Director's Expenses (5 minutes)

  5. Discussion regarding Proposed Agenda Items for 19-20 May Board Workshop (30 minutes)

  6. Review and Discussion of the GNSO Report to the Board on a proposed Policy Recommendation regarding Potential Conflicts between Whois Obligations and National Laws (10 minutes)

  7. Consideration of Board Governance Committee's Recommendation for Appointment of Meetings Committee Chair (5 minutes)

  8. Update and Status Report on Audit Progress (5 minutes)

  9. Status Report on proposed revisions to Human Resources Policy (5 minutes)

  10. Other Business

Any other requested agenda items were put over for consideration to be added to the agenda for the next Board Meeting, currently scheduled for 14 June 2006.

The Meeting was formally adjourned at 1:42 PM PDT US.

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."