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Meeting of the Executive Committee Preliminary Report

At its meeting on 30 January 2001, the ICANN Executive Committee adopted the following resolutions:

Repayment of Loan

Whereas, Cisco Systems, Inc. has loaned the Corporation a principal amount of US$150,000, which will be due for repayment on 2 February 2001;

Whereas, the principal due for repayment is US$150,000 and the unpaid interest that will be accrued through 2 February 2001 is US$4,875;

IT IS THEREFORE RESOLVED [EC01.4], that the President is authorized to disburse US$154,875 to Cisco Systems, Inc. in full repayment of the loan.

Governmental Advisory Committee Elections

Whereas, Article VII, Section 3(a) of ICANN's bylaws provides that the initial chairman of the Governmental Advisory Committee shall be appointed by the ICANN Board and that subsequent chairs shall be elected by the members of the Governmental Advisory Committee pursuant to procedures they adopt;

Whereas, Principle 33 of the Governmental Advisory Committee's operating principles provides that the first election will be held at a time determined by the ICANN Board;

Whereas, in resolution 99.121 the Board delegated to the Executive Committee the authority (with exceptions not here relevant) to exercise all the Board's powers in the oversight of the management of the affairs of the Corporation;

Whereas, the Governmental Advisory Committee has requested that its first election be scheduled for its meeting in Melbourne on 9-10 March 2001.

IT IS THEREFORE RESOLVED [EC01.5], that the first election of the the Governmental Advisory Committee is scheduled for the Committee's meeting in Melbourne on 9-10 March 2001.

VeriSign Multilingual Testbed

RESOLVED [EC01.6], that until such time as the Board can further consider the matter, the Vice President and General Counsel is authorized temporarily to waive terms of the Registry Agreement between ICANN and Network Solutions, Inc. (also known as VeriSign Global Registry Services) as necessary to permit blocking of initial registration through non-testbed means of second-level domains within the .com, .net, and .org top-level domains intended for use within VeriSign's multilingual testbed.

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."