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Executive Committee of the ICANN Board - Minutes

The Executive Committee of the ICANN Board of Directors met in Riga, Latvia on 19 April 2008. Chairman Peter Dengate Thrush opened the meeting at 6.45 PM local time in Riga. The following Executive Committee Members attended the meeting: Peter Dengate Thrush (Chair), Raimundo Beca, Roberto Gaetano (Vice Chair), Rita Rodin (by telephone) and Paul Twomey (CEO & President). John Jeffrey, General Counsel & Secretary also attended the Meeting.

The following items were discussed:

A) Executive Committee unanimously approved the following proposed agenda for the 29 April 2008 Special Meeting of the Board of Directors:

1 - Approval of Minutes from Special Meeting of the ICANN Board for 27 March 2008

2 - .DS Key registry for Top Level Domain DNSSEC keys

3 - .KN (Kitts and St. Nevis Islands) Redelegation

4 - Finance Committee Report on Foreign Exchange Issues

5 - .PRO Proposed Contract Amendments

6 - Meetings Discussion

7 - Paris Budget

8 - Cairo Meeting Proposal Acceptance

9 - Proposal to allow absentee voting on GNSO Council

10 - Update on BGC independent review activities;

11 - ALAC Review Working Group

12 - Update on GNSO Improvements

13 - Status of New gTLD Implementation Planning following Riga Workshop

14 – Discussion of Outcomes from Riga Board Workshop

15 – President’s Report

16 - Other Business

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

1) Roberto Gaetano for actual costs of up to $10,000 USD to attend a National Association of Corporate Director’s (NACD) Board Training Workshop in San Francisco in June 2008.

C) The Executive Committee agreed to move the time of the 29 April Meeting 3 hours later due to a request from the Chairman. The Secretary will notify the board members of the change and post the preliminary report and agenda.

The Meeting was formally adjourned at 7:14 PM local time in Riga, Latvia.

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."