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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 21 July 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:

There was a general discussion regarding the posting of the previous Executive Committee Minutes and John Jeffrey agreed to look into publicly posting the preliminary reports and getting the minutes approved on outstanding minutes for the next Executive Committee Meeting.

Board Meeting Agenda Setting -- Executive Committee unanimously approved (by all members present) the following proposed agenda for the 31 July / 1 August 2008 Special Meeting of the Board:

1) President's Monthly Report

2) GNSO Improvements Council Restructuring

3) GNSO Improvements Implementation Progress

4) ASN Global Policy for Autonomous System Numbers

5) Independent Reviews Status Report

6) Registry Agreements Update - .AERO and .POST

7) Informational Update on Single-Letter Second-Level Registry Service Requests

8) ICANN response to UN Letter on "Enhanced Cooperation on Public Policy Issues Pertaining to the Internet."

9) Update on New gTLD Process - Next Steps

10) Recommendation of BGC's Recommendation for academic appointment to Nominating Committee

11) BFC's Recommendation regarding the Mexico City Budget Approval

12) Other Business

13) Recommendation of Board's Compensation Committee

14) Board Executive Session

Other discussions were taken offline.

The Meeting was formally adjourned at 20.35 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."