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Special Meeting of the Board Preliminary Report

(Posted 18 November 2002)

The ICANN Board of Directors held a meeting by teleconference on 18 November 2002. Directors Vint Cerf (chairman), Amadeu Abril i Abril (joined the meeting while in progress), Karl Auerbach, Ivan Moura Campos (joined the meeting while in progress), Lyman Chapin, Jonathan Cohen, Masanobu Katoh, Hans Kraaijenbrink, Sang-Hyon Kyong, Stuart Lynn, Andy Mueller-Maguhn, Jun Murai, Alejandro Pisanty (joined the meeting while in progress), Nii Quaynor (joined the meeting while in progress), Helmut Schink, and Linda S. Wilson participated. The Board adopted the following resolutions:

Approval of Minutes

Resolved [02.135] that the minutes of the meeting of the Board held on 14 October 2002 are hereby approved and adopted by the Board as presented.

(The Board approved the above resolution by a 11-0-1 vote, with Mr. Cohen abstaining.)

ccTLD Agreement for .sd (Sudan)

Whereas, on 10 March 2000, in resolution 00.13, the Board authorized the President and staff to work with the ccTLD managers, Governmental Advisory Committee, and other interested parties to prepare draft language for ccTLD contracts, policy statements, and/or communications, including appropriate funding arrangements, to be presented to the Board and posted for public comment as soon as practicable;

Whereas, on 13 March 2001, in resolution 01.37, the Board directed ICANN management to press forward with continued vigor toward the completion of draft legacy agreements, and to pursue, as needed, acceptable ccTLD agreements in triangular situations;

Whereas, negotiators for Sudan Internet Society (SIS) and ICANN have reached agreement, subject to the ICANN Board's approval, on the terms of a ccTLD Sponsorship Agreement for the .sd top-level domain;

Whereas, the President recommends that authorization be given to enter into this agreement;

Resolved [02.136] that the President is authorized to enter on behalf of ICANN the ccTLD Sponsorship Agreement for .sd in the form provided to the Board, with any minor corrections or adjustments as appropriate;

Resolved [02.137] that, upon signature of the agreement, the President is authorized to take such actions as appropriate to implement the agreement.

(The Board approved the above resolution by a 13-1-2 vote, with Mr. Mueller-Maguhn voting against and Dr. Kyong and Dr. Quaynor abstaining.)

ccTLD Agreement for .ke (Kenya)

Whereas, on 10 March 2000, in resolution 00.13, the Board authorized the President and staff to work with the ccTLD managers, Governmental Advisory Committee, and other interested parties to prepare draft language for ccTLD contracts, policy statements, and/or communications, including appropriate funding arrangements, to be presented to the Board and posted for public comment as soon as practicable;

Whereas, on 13 March 2001, in resolution 01.37, the Board directed ICANN management to press forward with continued vigor toward the completion of draft legacy agreements, and to pursue, as needed, acceptable ccTLD agreements in triangular situations;

Whereas, negotiators for Kenya Network Information Center (KENIC) and ICANN have reached agreement, subject to the ICANN Board's approval, on the terms of a ccTLD Sponsorship Agreement for the .ke top-level domain;

Whereas, the President recommends that authorization be given to enter into this agreement;

Resolved [02.138] that the President is authorized to enter on behalf of ICANN the ccTLD Sponsorship Agreement for .ke in the form provided to the Board, with any minor corrections or adjustments as appropriate;

Resolved [02.139] that, upon signature of the agreement, the President is authorized to take such actions as appropriate to implement the agreement.

(The Board approved the above resolution by a 14-1-1 vote, with Mr. Mueller-Maguhn voting against and Mr. Auerbach abstaining.)

ccTLD Memorandum of Understanding for .af (Afghanistan)

Whereas, negotiators for the Islamic Transitional Government of Afghanistan 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 .af 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 .af 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 [02.140] that the President is authorized to enter on behalf of ICANN the ICANN-ccTLD Manager Memorandum of Understanding for .af as presented to the Board, along with any minor corrections or adjustments as appropriate;

Resolved [02.141] 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 15-1-0 vote, with Mr. Mueller-Maguhn voting against.)

Other Matters

The Board also received a report from the Executive Search Committee on its progress in the CEO search, discussed the request of Global Name Registry for revisions in the registry agreement for .name, and discussed arrangements for the annual meeting to be held 14-15 December 2002 in Amsterdam.

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."