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Special Meeting of the Board Preliminary Report

(Posted 31 July 2001)

The ICANN Board of Directors held a meeting by teleconference on 31 July 2001. Directors Vint Cerf (chairman), Amadeu Abril i Abril, Karl Auerbach, Ivan Moura Campos, Jonathan Cohen, Phil Davidson, Frank Fitzsimmons, Ken Fockler, Masanobu Katoh, Hans Kraaijenbrink, Sang-Hyon Kyong, Stuart Lynn, Andy Mueller-Maguhn, Jun Murai (joined while call in progress and departed before conclusion), Nii Quaynor (joined while call in progress), Helmut Schink, and Linda S. Wilson participated. The Board adopted the following resolutions:

Thanks to Stockholm Hosts and Sponsors

(Adopted 15-0, with Jun Murai and Nii Quaynor not yet present.)

Whereas, ICANN's June meetings in Stockholm were an outstanding success, marked by marvelous hospitality, excellent organization, superb facilities, and a remarkable 20 hours of sunlight daily;

Whereas, the local host committee worked tirelessly to make the Stockholm meetings efficient, effective, and friendly;

Whereas, the local sponsors made possible a wonderful mix of social events, where the real work can get done;

Resolved [01.75] that the Board and staff express their sincere thanks to all members of the local host committee and to the Stockholm meeting sponsors: The Foundation for Internet Infrastructure (IIS.SE), Ericsson, ISOC, ISOC-SE, Tele2, The Museum Domain Management Association, The Swedish Museum of Natural History, The City of Stockholm, Real Names, Native Names, VeriSign, NeuLevel, and Registry Pro.

Tack så mycket!

.name Registry Agreement

(Adopted 14-2, with Amadeu Abril i Abril and Andy Mueller-Maguhn voting against and Jun Murai having left the call.)

Whereas, the posting of the .name registry agreements, with all its appendices, was completed on 3 July 2001;

Whereas, under resolution 01.25 seven days were allowed for Board members to make any additional comments on the agreements to the President and General Counsel;

Whereas, Amadeu Abril i Abril made an objection to the proposed SLD e-mail forwarding service within that period and the Board has discussed it;

Resolved [01.76], that the President is authorized to enter the .name registry agreement, with any minor, non-substantive corrections as the President determines are consistent with the intention of the agreements as posted; and

Further resolved [01.77], that the President is authorized to implement the agreements once they are signed, including by accrediting registrars for the .name top-level domain (in that regard, registrars already accredited and in good standing for .biz, .com, .info, .net, or .org may be accredited for .name without additional qualifying procedures upon entering an accreditation agreement that the President determines is consistent with the existing accreditation agreement for .biz, .com, .info, .net, and .org).

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."