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Special Meeting of the Board Preliminary Report

Posted 13 May 2002

The ICANN Board of Directors held a meeting by teleconference on 13 May 2002. Directors Vint Cerf (chairman), Karl Auerbach, Rob Blokzijl, Ivan Moura Campos, Lyman Chapin, Jonathan Cohen, Masanobu Katoh, Hans Kraaijenbrink, Stuart Lynn, Jun Murai, Alejandro Pisanty (joined meeting while in progress), and Linda S. Wilson participated. The Board adopted the following resolutions:

Approval of Minutes

Resolved [02.62] that the minutes of the meetings of the Board held on 2 April 2001, 7 May 2001, and 31 July 2001 are hereby approved and adopted by the Board as presented and the miutes of the meeting of the Board held on 21 January 2002 are approved and adopted by the Board as corrected.

Security Committee

Whereas, in resolution 01.117, the Board directed the President to appoint a standing committee on the security and stability of the Internet's naming and address allocation systems ("President's Committee on Security and Stability") and to propose a charter, developed in consultation with the committee, for approval by the Board;

Whereas, the President has appointed Dr. Stephen Crocker as chair of the President's Committee on Security and Stability and has appointed the following persons as members: Alain Aina (Consultant), Jaap Akkerhuis (SIDN), Doug Barton (Yahoo!), Steve Bellovin (AT&T), Rob Blokzijl (RIPE), David Conrad (Nominum), Daniel Karrenberg (RIPE-NCC), Mark Kosters (VeriSign), Allison Mankin (ISI), Ram Mohan (Afilias), Russ Mundy (Network Associates Laboratories), Jun Murai (Keio University), Frederico Neves (registro.br), Ray Plzak (ARIN), Doron Shikmoni (ForeScout, ISOC-IL), Ken Silva (VeriSign), Bruce Tonkin (Melbourne IT), Paul Vixie (ISC), and Rick Wesson (Alice's Registry);

Whereas, the President developed a charter for the committee in consultation with the committee's members;

Whereas, the Board approved the charter in resolution 02.27;

Whereas, in view of the importance of sound advice on security and stability issues in guiding the Board's actions, it appears appropriate to convert the President's Committee on Security and Stability into an advisory committee to the Board;

Resolved [02.63], the Security and Stability Advisory Committee is hereby established as an advisory committee under Article VII, Section 3 of the bylaws, replacing the President's Committee on Security and Stability;

Resolved [02.64], the Security and Stability Advisory Committee shall have the charter that was approved in resolution 02.27; and

Resolved [02.65], that the chair and members of the President's Committee on Security and Stability, as stated above, are hereby appointed as the chair and members of the Security and Stability Advisory Committee.

MoU for .bi ccTLD

Whereas, negotiators for Centre National de l'Informatique, and ICANN have reached agreement, subject to the ICANN Board's approval, on the terms of an ICANN-ccTLD Manager Memorandum of Understanding for the .bi top-level domain according to the model memorandum of understanding for bilateral situations as posted on the ICANN web site, adapted to the particular circumstances of the .bi top-level domain;

Whereas, the President and General Counsel have presented the ICANN-ccTLD Manager Memorandum of Understanding to the Board and recommended that the Board authorize its entry as negotiated;

Resolved [02.66] that the President is authorized to enter on behalf of ICANN the ICANN-ccTLD Manager Memorandum of Understanding for .bi as presented to the Board, along with any minor corrections or adjustments as appropriate;

Resolved [02.67] that, upon signature of the memorandum, the President is authorized to take such actions as appropriate to implement it.

Other Matters

The Board also received reports on ICANN's finances, the evolution and reform process, and the .org request for proposals. It preliminarily discussed arrangements for the Bucharest meeting. It did not take formal action on these matters.

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."