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Executive Committee Meeting - Minutes

Approved 19 March 2008

The Executive Committee of the ICANN Board of Directors met via teleconference on 1 February 2008. 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; Paul Levins, Vice President, Corporate Affairs; 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 15 February 2008 Special Meeting of the Board:

-- Regular Board Meeting - Friday, 15 February 2008 --


(As set by the Executive Committee of the ICANN Board of Directors)

  1. Approval of Minutes of January 2008 Board Meeting

  2. Approval of ICANN Accountability and Transparency Frameworks

  3. Review of Board Governance Committee Recommendations

    Possible BGC Actions

    (Ombudsman Framework)

    (Bylaws Mandated Reviews Update)

  4. Review of Board Finance Committee Recommendations

    Possible BFC Actions

    (Funds Disbursement and Approvals Policy)

    (Budget Next Steps)

  5. Review of Board Audit Committee Recommendations

    Possible Audit Committee Actions

    (Approval of Auditor)

  6. New gTLDs - Next Steps

  7. Acknowledging Receipt of DNSSEC Recommendations from SSAC

  8. ICANN Bylaws Change Request from ALAC

  9. IDNs (update on IDNc discussions and technical test)

  10. Other Business

B) Executive Committee unanimously approved the following discussion topics agenda for the 10 February 2008 Board Workshop in New Delhi:

  1. New gTLDs (briefing on implementation work)

  2. Discussion of Domain Tasting Issues (status report)

  3. GNSO Improvements (briefing on proposed final report)

  4. Bylaws Mandated Reviews (status report)

  5. At-Large Bylaw change (status report)

  6. IPV6 Discussion (status report and discussion of issues)

  7. Second-Level Single Letter Domains (discussion of issues)

  8. JPA Discussions Update (status report)

  9. POST Agreement (discussion of outstanding issues)

  10. Review of Board Meeting Agenda and Proposed Actions (not covered above)

  11. Presentation of Board Tools, Calendar, et. Al

  12. Discussion of Riga Board Workshop Agenda

  13. Any questions regarding other papers provided by Staff

The Meeting was formally adjourned at 2:21 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."