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Special Meeting of the Board Preliminary Report

At its meeting on 4 May 2000, the ICANN Board of Directors adopted resolutions on three matters, as follows:

Approval of Minutes

RESOLVED [00.29] that the Minutes of the Meeting of the Board for February 10, March 10, and April 6, 2000, are hereby approved and adopted by the Board as presented.

Recommendation of the Reconsideration Committee

RESOLVED [00.30] that, for the reasons set forth in the Reconsideration Committee's Recommendation RC 99-4, the Board denies the request for reconsideration submitted by Karl Auerbach on November 17, 2000.

Temporary Nominating and Election Committees for At-Large Director Selection

Whereas, at its meeting in Cairo on 10 March 2000 the Board determined that five At-Large Directors should be selected by a process involving a Nominating Committee and a direct ballot by qualified ICANN non-statutory members, such Directors to be seated at the conclusion of the annual meeting in 2000;

RESOLVED [00.31] that there shall be a temporary committee called the Nominating Committee, which shall consist of Linda Wilson (Chair), Jean-François Abramatic, Mads Bryde Andersen, John Klensin, Jun Murai, Charles Musisi, and Alejandro Pisanty. The committee shall have the following charter:

"There shall be a Nominating Committee responsible for nominating a set of candidates for five At-Large Director seats, to be placed on the ballot for consideration and selection by the At-Large members of ICANN in the year 2000. The Nominating Committee will solicit and accept recommendations for candidates from the global Internet community. The Nominating Committee may also affirmatively recruit candidates for nomination."

RESOLVED FURTHER [00.32] that there shall be a temporary committee called the Election committee, which shall consist of Greg Crew (Chair), Charles Costello, Lorrie Faith Cranor, Patrik Fältström, Ken Fockler, Hans Kraaijenbrink, and Nguyen Huu Dong. The committee shall have the following charter:

"There shall be an At-Large Election Committee responsible for recommending to the Board for its approval procedures regarding the At Large elections, including campaigning, voting, measures to prevent fraud, etc. The committee will also be responsible for oversight and monitoring of those processes. The committee shall operate to the extent practical in an open and transparent manner, giving due regard to protecting the confidentiality of private information of ICANN At-Large members, proprietary information of election companies, and other matters (such as certain information regarding anti-fraud measures) that should be kept confidential to promote the committee's mission."

RESOLVED FURTHER [00.33] that these temporary committees shall serve pursuant to their charters and will cease to exist as soon as they have carried out the functions identified in their charters, which shall be no later than the sooner of (a) the seating of the five At-Large Directors to be selected by 1 November 2000 or (b) 1 January 2001. Each committee may establish its own rules and procedures, which must be consistent with its charter and the Corporation's bylaws as they exist from time to time.

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."