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Minutes - Executive Committee Meeting

Executive Committee Attendees: Peter Dengate Thrush, Roberto Gaetano

Apologies: Rod Beckstrom

Staff Attendees: Diane Schroeder

ICANN General Counsel: John Jeffrey


The following is a summary of discussion, actions taken and actions identified:

  1. Approved ICANN Board Travel and associated travel expenses:
Item Board Member Purpose of Expense Place of Travel Date Amount of Reimbursement
(Not to Exceed)
1 Janis Karklin Attendance at RIPE meeting Malta June 2009 $2000.00 USD
2 Dennis Jennings SSAC Review Meeting Brussels July 2009 210 Euros
3 Katim Touray Attendance at EA-IGF Nairobi September 2009 $5000 USD
4 Roberto Gaetano RANS Meeting Moscow September 2009 $2000 Euros
  1. Approved expenses incurred by Board members not associated with travel as shown below:
Item Board Member Purpose of Expense Place of Travel Date Amount of Reimbursement
(Not to Exceed)
1 Ram Mohan Video Interview of CEO candidates Newark NJ June 2009 $725.00 USD
2 Roberto Gaetano Telephone Expenses   Jan – July 2009 220 Euros
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."