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Executive Committee of the ICANN Board - Preliminary Report

The Executive Committee of the ICANN Board of Directors met via teleconference on 20 May 2008. Chairman Peter Dengate Thrush opened the meeting at 20.00 UTC / 1.00 PM PDT US.

The following Executive Committee Members attended the meeting: Peter Dengate Thrush (Chair), Raimundo Beca, Roberto Gaetano (Vice Chair), Rita Rodin and Dr. Paul Twomey. John Jeffrey, General Counsel & Secretary; and, Kurt Pritz, Senior Vice President, Services, also attended the Meeting.

The following items were discussed:

Board Meeting Agenda Setting -- Executive Committee unanimously approved (by all members present) the following proposed agenda for the 29 May 2008 Special Meeting of the Board:

Proposed Agenda

1) Approval of the 30 April 2008 Board Minutes

2) President's Report

3) ICANN Meetings Reform Discussion

4) ICANN Paris Meeting Discussion

5) Finance Committee's Update: ICANN Budget and other matters

6) New Board Committee's Discussion

7) Board Governance Committee's – Acceptance of Proposal for Formation of Review Working Groups for RSSAC

8) Discussion on Board Review, including discussion of selection of independent third-party board review consultant

9) Update Discussion on New gTLDs

10) GNSO Improvements Report and Update on Implementation Efforts

11) WHOIS Policy Information Update

12) Discussion of Board Tools

13) GNSO Proposal on Absentee Voting

14) Review of GNSO's Motion on Domain Name Tasting

15) PIR's Proposed Implementation of DNSSEC in .ORG

16) Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) Negotiations and Process Update

17) Single-Letter Names at the Second Level Information Update

18) Update Discussions on various Bylaws-Mandated Reviews

19) Compensation Committee Report

20) Other Business

The Meeting was formally adjourned at 20.50 UTC.

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."