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Minutes | Executive Committee Meeting

The Executive Committee of the ICANN Board of Directors met via teleconference on 11 December 2007. Chairman Peter Dengate Thrush opened the meeting at 1.00 PM PDT US. The following Executive Committee Members attended the meeting: Peter Dengate Thrush (Chair), Raimundo Beca, Roberto Gaetano, Rita Rodin and Paul Twomey. John Jeffrey, General Counsel & Secretary; and Kurt Pritz, Senior Vice President, Services also attended the Meeting.

The following items were discussed:

A) Executive Committee unanimously approved the following agenda for the 18 December 2007 Special Meeting of the Board:

  1. Approval of Minutes for 20 November 2007 Special Board Meeting – Preliminary Report is posted publicly @

  2. Discussion of .TEL Contractual Amendment – Possible Board Action

  3. Discussion of ICANN Strategic Plan July 2008 – June 2011

  4. Update on New gTLD Process

  5. Discussion of Joint Project Agreement with the NTIA

  6. Discussion of ICANN Accountability and Transparency Frameworks and Principles Document (Management Operating Principles)

  7. Discussion of Supporting IPv6 in the Root Server System

  8. Update on Formation of BGC’s ALAC Review Working Group

  9. Discussion of President/CEO’s Report for November 2007

  10. Discussion of President/CEO’s Performance Review Goals

  11. Whois Conflict of National Laws Procedure

  12. Update on Czech Arbitration Court UDRP Application

  13. Other Business

B) Executive Committee Other Business – The Committee unanimously approved the following anticipated board travel financial expenditures:

  1. Steve Goldstein attending an NACD training course in April 2008

  2. Peter Dengate Thrush giving a paper at a conference in the United States in January

  3. Peter Dengate Thrush about attending an Institute of Directors course in New Zealand " Chairing the Board" in April

  4. Director (yet to be determined) to attend Royal Society function in London

  5. Peter Dengate Thrush giving keynote presentation in Mumbai, a few days before the New Delhi Meeting

The Meeting was formally adjourned at 1:44 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"""" is not an IDN."