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Special Meeting of the Board Preliminary Report

At its meeting on 6 June 2000, the ICANN Board of Directors adopted resolutions on four matters, as follows:

Recommendations of the Reconsideration Committee

RESOLVED [00.34] that the Reconsideration Committee's Recommendations RC 99-1, 00-4, and 00-5 are adopted for the reasons stated in those recommendations. With respect to RC 00-4, the Board directs the staff to post the proposed bylaw changes for public review and comment in advance of the Board's meeting in Yokohama.

Disbursement and Check Signing Authority

RESOLVED [00.35] that the Vice President and General Counsel, Louis Touton, and the Chief Financial Officer, Andrew McLaughlin, and each one of them, may authorize disbursements of the Corporation's funds, and sign checks of the Corporation, in amounts of $10,000 or less.

FURTHER RESOLVED [00.36] that the President of the Corporation, Michael Roberts, may authorize disbursements of the Corporation's funds, and sign checks of the Corporation, in amounts of $50,000 or less.

FURTHER RESOLVED [00.37] that the President of the Corporation, Michael Roberts, may authorize disbursements of the Corporation's funds, and sign checks of the Corporation, in amounts exceeding $50,000, when so authorized by action of the Board or the Executive Committee.

FURTHER RESOLVED [00.38] that the Vice President and General Counsel, Louis Touton, may authorize disbursements of the Corporation's funds, and sign checks, in amounts not exceeding $20,000, to the order of the Darwin Group, Inc., that fulfill the terms of the professional services contract between the Corporation and the Darwin Group for the services of Michael Roberts.

FURTHER RESOLVED [00.39] that the authorizations to disburse funds and to sign checks as set forth in Board resolutions 98.12, 99.7 and 99.59 shall cease to be effective as of the adoption of this resolution. 

2000-2001 Budget

Whereas, the bylaws of the Corporation require that the President shall prepare and submit to the Board a proposed annual budget of the Corporation for the next fiscal year.

Whereas, the President and other members of the staff have followed an open and consultative process in developing the budget, including a budget presentation and discussion in the public meeting in Cairo in March, on several occasions with the registry/registrar budget group composed of representatives of the domain name and address registries and the gTLD name registrars, and through posting of the proposed budget for public comment.

Whereas, the President has submitted to the Board a proposed budget prepared through that consultative process for FY00-01, commencing July 1, 2000, which proposed budget is ordered attached to the minutes of this meeting (the "Proposed Budget").

Whereas, the Proposed FY00-01 Budget provides for total revenue of USD $5.024 million, total expenditures of $4.219 million and total capital equipment purchases and contribution to working capital and operating reserve of $805,000.

Whereas, the Board has reviewed the Proposed Budget and has found that its adoption is in the best interest of the Corporation.

RESOLVED [00.40] that the Proposed Budget is hereby adopted as the annual budget of the Corporation for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2000 (as adopted, the "Budget").

FURTHER RESOLVED [00.41] that the President is authorized and directed to implement and carry out the Budget and is directed to inform the Board of material variances from the Budget.

FURTHER RESOLVED [00.42] that the President is directed to present to the Board, at its Yokohama meeting in July 2000, a report analyzing the fiscal year-end financial results of the corporation as of June 30, 2000, including any significant variances in anticipated income and expense, and to make recommendations for any revisions to the FY00-01 Budget that may be necessary in light of the year-end results and other matters affecting the budget.

At-Large Self-Nomination Procedures

Whereas, the staff posted on 19 May a set of proposed rules for the self-nomination phase of the At Large election process;

Whereas, a number of helpful public comments and constructive criticisms have been posted; and

Whereas, the Board wishes to provide additional time for public review and comment and to defer final decision on the rules until its next meeting in Yokohama, while recognizing the staff's need for sufficient guidance to properly construct and implement the online interface and database components necessary to launch the self-nomination phase shortly after the Yokohama meetings; it is

RESOLVED [00.43] that the Board generally approves the staff's proposed rules insofar as they relate to the timing of the self-nomination phase, the data elements to be submitted by candidates for self-nomination, and the posting of candidate information on the ICANN website (Rules 1 - 5);

FURTHER RESOLVED [00.44] that the period for public review and comment on the proposed rules (particularly Rules 6-10) is extended until 6 July; and

FURTHER RESOLVED [00.45] that the deadline for new At Large membership applications for purposes of participating in this year's At Large election is tentatively set for 31 July, subject to final ratification in Yokohama.

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."