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Meeting of the Executive Committee Preliminary Report

Posted 20 July 2002

At its meeting on 19 July 2002, the ICANN Executive Committee adopted the following resolutions:

Reimbursement of President's Expenses

Whereas, Article VIII, Section 9 of the ICANN bylaws provides that reimbursements of the President's expenses shall be approved by the Board;

Whereas, in resolution 01.109 the Board delegated to the Executive Committee the authority to approve reimbursements to the President;

Whereas, in resolution EC01.13 the Executive Committee authorized the Vice-President and General Counsel to approve advances to the President toward expenses he has incurred in connection with performance of his duties, provided that the amount advanced at any time does not exceed US$20,000;

Whereas, the President has submitted requests for reimbursement of his expenses in the amounts of US$5,584.89, US$2,519.21, and US$2,710.28;

Whereas, the Vice-President and General Counsel has reviewed these requests, found them to be appropriate, and recommended to the Executive Committee that they be approved;

Whereas, advances to the President totaling US$10,308.65 have been made with the approval of the Vice-President and General Counsel on the basis of these expenses;

Whereas, the Executive Committee has considered whether to approve the reimbursement of these expenses;

Resolved [EC02.05] that the Executive Committee, acting under the authority delegated to it by the Board in resolution 01.109, approves reimbursement to the President of the expenses incurred in the total amount of US$10,308.65.

(Dr. Lynn did not participate in this action of the Executive Committee.)

Expenditure for .org Evaluation

Whereas, ICANN made a call for proposals from entities seeking to become the successor .org operator as of 1 January 2003;

Whereas, ICANN received eleven complete proposals by the deadline together with the tentative examination fee of US$35,000;

Whereas, in resolution 02.85 the Board established US$29,000 as the final examination fee and directed the rebate of US$6,000 to each entity submitting a proposal, resulting in total net application fees of US$319,000;

Whereas, the President has made arrangements for consultants to provide evaluations of various aspects of the applications;

Whereas, the President has reported to the Executive Committee that one arrangement involves a fixed fee of US$125,000, which is an amount in excess of the President's existing check-signing authority, and has requested authority to pay this fee;

Whereas, in resolution 01.109, the Board delegated to the Executive Committee the authority to exercise the Board's powers in oversight of the management of the business and affairs of the Corporation, including financial matters;

Whereas, the Executive Committee has reviewed the circumstances and concluded that the incurring of the US$125,000 is an appropriate payment exercise of the President's responsibility to carry out the examination of .org proposals, and that payment of the fee is appropriate;

Resolved [EC02.6] that the President is authorized to disburse US$125,000 of the corporation's funds to the consultant, for the purpose of accomplishing part of the examination of .org applications, as requested by the President.

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."