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Special Meeting of the Board Preliminary Report

Posted 13 June 2002

The ICANN Board of Directors held a meeting by teleconference on 13 May 2002. Directors Vint Cerf (chairman), Karl Auerbach, Ivan Moura Campos, Masanobu Katoh, Hans Kraaijenbrink, Sang-Hyon Kyong, Stuart Lynn, Andy Mueller-Maguhn, Jun Murai, Alejandro Pisanty (joined meeting while in progress), and Linda S. Wilson participated. The Board adopted the following resolutions:

Approval of Minutes

Resolved [02.68] that the minutes of the meeting of the Board held on 12 February 2002 are hereby approved and adopted by the Board as corrected.

Resolved [02.69] that the minutes of the meeting of the Board held on 22 April 2002 are hereby approved and adopted by the Board as corrected.

Resolved [02.69] that the minutes of the meeting of the Board held on 13 May 2002 are hereby approved and adopted by the Board as presented.

Committee on Conflicts of Interest

Whereas, at the annual meeting on 15 November 2001 the Board adopted resolution 01.112 appointing Rob Blokzijl to serve as chair and Karl Auerbach and Philip Davidson to serve as the other members of the Committee of the Board on Conflicts of Interest;

Whereas, on 2 April 2002 Philip Davidson resigned as member of the Board;

Resolved [02.70] that Jonathan Cohen is appointed as a member the Committee of the Board on Conflicts of Interest, with Rob Blokzijl continuing as chair and Karl Auerbach continuing as the other member of the committee.

Other Matters

The Board also discussed arrangements for the upcoming meeting in Bucharest, Romania and the hearings on ICANN held on 12 June 2002 by the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space.

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."