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Special Meeting of the Board Preliminary Report

Posted 20 September 2002

The ICANN Board of Directors held a meeting by teleconference on 17 September 2002. Directors Vint Cerf (chairman), Amadeu Abril i Abril, Karl Auerbach, Lyman Chapin (joined meeting while in progress), Frank Fitzsimmons, Masanobu Katoh, Sang-Hyon Kyong, Stuart Lynn, Andy Mueller-Maguhn, Alejandro Pisanty (joined meeting while in progress), Nii Quaynor, and Linda S. Wilson participated. The Board adopted the following resolutions:

2003 Meetings

Resolved [02.101] that the President is authorized to make arrangements for the June 2003 ICANN meeting to be held in Montreal, Canada.

(The Board approved the above resolution by a 10-0-0 vote.)

MoU for .la ccTLD

Whereas, negotiators for the Lao National Internet Committee 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 .la 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 .la 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 [02.102] that the President is authorized to enter on behalf of ICANN the ICANN-ccTLD Manager Memorandum of Understanding for .la as presented to the Board, along with any minor corrections or adjustments as appropriate;

Resolved [02.103] that, upon signature of the memorandum, the President is authorized to take such actions as appropriate to implement it.

(The Board approved the above resolution by a 9-0-2 vote, with Dr. Pisanty and Mr. Mueller-Maguhn abstaining.)

MoU with U.S. Department of Commerce

Whereas, on 25 November 1998 the United States Government entered a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with ICANN, recognizing it as the private-sector, not-for-profit corporation that should assume various technical coordination responsibilities for the Internet;

Whereas, the MOU called for ICANN to develop and test various mechanisms to allow stable, private-sector technical coordination during a transition period in which the effectiveness and stability of these mechanisms would be demonstrated;

Whereas, the MOU's initially scheduled expiration date was 30 September 2000;

Whereas, the MOU has been amended twice to provide for one-year extensions, and is now scheduled to expire on 30 September 2002;

Whereas, on 15 August 2002 ICANN submitted its fourth status report to the United States Government under the MOU describing the progress ICANN has made on completing the tasks identified in the MOU;

Whereas, as recognized by the Board in undertaking ICANN's ongoing evolution and reform process, the transition tasks will not be completed by the currently established 30 September 2002 expiration date for the MOU;

Whereas, the U.S. Government has proposed an amendment to the MOU that provides an extension to complete the remaining tasks until 30 September 2003;

Whereas, the language of the proposed amendment has been presented to the Board;

Whereas, the President and General Counsel have recommended to the Board that the proposed amendment be entered;

Resolved [02.104] that the President is authorized to enter an Amendment 5 to the MOU, in substantially the form presented to the Board;

Resolved [02.105] that upon entry of both parties into the amendment, the President is authorized to take such actions as appropriate to implement it.

(The Board approved the above resolution by a 10-0-1 vote, with Mr. Auerbach abstaining.)

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."