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Special Meeting of the Board Preliminary Report

At its meeting on 30 August 2000, the ICANN Board of Directors adopted the following resolutions:

Agreements with United States Government

Whereas, on 25 November 1998 the United States Government entered a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with ICANN, recognizing it as the private-sector, not-for-profit corporation to which various technical coordination tasks for the Internet would be transitioned;

Whereas, the MOU called for ICANN to develop and test various mechanisms to allow stable, private-sector technical coordination during a transition period in which the effectiveness and stability of these mechanisms would be demonstrated;

Whereas, the U.S. Government has subsequently entered into two other agreements with ICANN for provision of services during the transition period: a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) and a purchase order for the IANA function;

Whereas, on 30 June 2000 ICANN submitted its second status report to the US Government under the MOU describing the progress ICANN has made on completing the development and testing tasks identified in the MOU;

Whereas, although the transition period was originally scheduled to be completed by 30 September 2000, it now appears that some transition tasks will remain pending on that date;

Whereas, the U.S. Government has indicated that it is willing to extend the time for ICANN, ccTLD managers and affected governments, the RIRs, the root-server operators, and other stakeholders to complete the tasks for up to one more year;

Whereas, the U.S. Government has proposed amendments to the MOU, CRADA, and the purchase order for the IANA function that (a) adjust the list of ICANN's tasks to reflect progress so far and (b) provide an extension to complete the remaining tasks until 30 September 2001 or sooner if the parties agree that the tasks have been completed;

Whereas, the language of these proposed amendments has been presented to the Board;

RESOLVED [00.71] that the President is authorized to enter an Amendment 2 to the MOU, an Amendment 1 to the CRADA, and a modification 0001 to the purchase order for the IANA function in substantially the form presented to the Board.

Payment for Legal Services

Whereas, the Corporation has received an invoice from Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue for $110,670.96 in connection with legal services provided to the Corporation during the month of June 2000;

RESOLVED [00.72] that the President is authorized to pay that invoice.

Approval of Minutes

RESOLVED [00.73] that the minutes of the meetings of the Board for October 24, 1999, May 4, 2000, and June 6, 2000, are hereby approved and adopted by the Board as presented.

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."