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Special Meeting of the Board

09 June 2006

Special Meeting of the ICANN's Board of Directors was held via teleconference on 18 April 2006 and was called to order at 1:10 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, Mouhamet Diop, Demi Getschko, , Joichi Ito, Veni Markovski, Alejandro Pisanty, Hualin Qian, Njeri Rionge, and Peter Dengate Thrush. Board Members Susan Crawford, Hagen Hultzsch, Vanda Scartezini, and Paul Twomey were not present.

Liaisons present for all or part of the Meeting included Steve Crocker (SSAC), Roberto Gaetano (ALAC), Thomas Narten (IETF), and Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi (GAC). John Jeffrey, General Counsel and Board Secretary also participated in the Meeting. Kurt Pritz, Vice President, Business Operations; and Kim Davies, IANA Technical Liaison was present for portions of the Meeting.

Review of Recommendations from Board's Compensation Committee

Redacted Information -- The details of the matters discussed during this portion of the 9 June 2006 Board Meeting were redacted from the minutes by the Board pursuant to and consistent with ICANN Bylaws at Article III, Section 5.3.

Approval of Financial Expenditures for Litigation Expert's Expenses

John Jeffrey presented to the board information regarding ongoing litigation matters and set out the issues surrounding the hiring of expert's to support ICANN's position within the current lawsuits. Following Board discussion of this matter, Vint Cerf moved and Peter Dengate Thrush seconded a motion for approval of the following resolution:

Whereas, it has been necessary for ICANN to obtain the services of experts to support its position relating to ongoing litigation matters, and has accordingly hired such consultants in consultation with ICANN's outside litigation counsel.

Whereas, the General Counsel and the Chief Financial Officer have reviewed the invoices and determined that they are proper and should be paid.

Resolved (06.33), the President is authorized to make payment to ERS Group in the amount of US$100,201.64 for expert services provided to ICANN during November 2005 through February 2006.

The resolution was approved unanimously by a voice vote of those present — 9 affirmative, with no negative votes or abstentions.

Delegation of Aland Islands (.AX) Top-Level Domain

Kim Davies presented the issues surrounding .AX to the board. There was a detailed discussion about the proposed redelegation and how the criteria had been effectively met for this redelegation. Following the Board discussion, Vint Cerf moved and Veni Markovski seconded the following resolution:

Whereas, the Åland Islands is an autonomous province of the country of Finland.

Whereas, the .AX TLD was added to the ISO 3166-1 table by the ISO 3166 Maintenance Agency on 13 February 2004.

Whereas, the applicants for .AX delegation are the Regional Government of Åland in conjunction with Ålands Datakommunikation Ab.

Whereas, the applicants have historically been operating the domain .ALAND.FI for the region's inhabitants as a fully functional domain name registry. Should the .AX delegation be approved, a transition of local usage from .ALAND.FI to .AX is planned.

Resolved (06.34) that the proposed delegation of the .AX ccTLD to Regional Government of Åland is hereby approved.

The resolution was approved unanimously by a voice vote of those present — 9 affirmative, with no negative votes or abstentions.

The remaining agenda items were continued to the next Board Meeting.

Chairman Cerf adjourned the meeting at 2:06 PM PDT US.

(Posted 18 June 2006; Updated 26 September 2006)

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."