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Preliminary Report | Special Meeting of the ICANN Board

[Formal Minutes are still to be approved by the ICANN Board]

Note: This has not been approved by the Board and does not constitute minutes but does provide a preliminary attempt setting forth the unapproved reporting of the resolutions from that meeting. Details on voting and abstentions will be provided in the Board's Minutes, when approved by the Board at a future meeting.

NOTE ON ADDITIONAL INFORMATION INCLUDED WITHIN PRELIMINARY REPORT – ON RATIONALES -- Where available, a draft Rationale for each of the Board's actions is presented under the associated Resolution. A draft Rationale is not final until approved with the minutes of the Board meeting.

A Regular Meeting of the ICANN Board of Directors was held on 23 October 2013 at 13:00 UTC.

Steve Crocker, Chair, promptly called the meeting to order.

The following Directors participated in all or part of the meeting: Sébastien Bachollet, Fadi Chehadé (President and CEO), Cherine Chalaby, Bertrand de La Chapelle, Chris Disspain, Bill Graham, Olga Madruga-Forti, Erika Mann, Gonzalo Navarro, Ray Plzak, George Sadowsky, Bruce Tonkin (Vice Chair), and Kuo-Wei Wu. Mike Silber sent apologies.

The following Board Liaisons participated in all or part of the meeting: Francisco da Silva (TLG Liaison), Ram Mohan (SSAC Liaison), Jonne Soininen (IETF Liaison), and Suzanne Woolf (RSSAC Liaison). Heather Dryden (GAC Liaison) sent apologies.

The following ICANN Staff participated in all or part of the meeting: Susanna Bennett (Chief Operating Officer), John Jeffrey (General Counsel and Secretary), Michelle Bright, Samantha Eisner, Allen Grogan, Elizabeth Le, Karine Perset, Amy Stathos, and Theresa Swinehart.

This is a preliminary report of the approved resolutions resulting from the Regular Meeting of the ICANN Board of Directors, which took place on 23 October 2013.

  1. Consent Agenda
    1. Approval of Board Meeting Minutes
    2. Appointment of Xiaodong Lee and Carlos Martinez to the SSAC
    3. Thank You from SSAC to Vanda Scartezini
    4. Receipt of ccNSO Report to the Board, IDN ccPDP
  2. Main Agenda
    1. Update from CEO


  1. Consent Agenda:

    The Chair introduced the items on the consent agenda and called for a vote. The Board then took the following action:

    Resolved, the following resolutions in this Consent Agenda are approved:

    1. Approval of Board Meeting Minutes

      Resolved (2013.10.23.01), the Board approves the minutes of the 28 September 2013 Meeting of the ICANN Board.

    2. Appointment of Xiaodong Lee and Carlos Martinez to the SSAC

      Whereas, the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) does review its membership and make adjustments from time-to-time.

      Whereas, the SSAC Membership Committee, on behalf of the SSAC, requests that the Board should appoint Xiaodong Lee and Carlos Martinez to the SSAC.

      Resolved (2013.10.23.02), that the Board appoints Xiaodong Lee and Carlos Martinez to the SSAC.

      Rationale for Resolution 2013.10.23.02

      The SSAC is a diverse group of individuals whose expertise in specific subject matters enables the SSAC to fulfill its charter and execute its mission. Since its inception, the SSAC has invited individuals with deep knowledge and experience in technical and security areas that are critical to the security and stability of the Internet's domain name system.

      The SSAC's continued operation as a competent body is dependent on the accrual of talented subject matter experts who have consented to volunteer their time and energies to the execution of the SSAC mission.

      Mr. Lee was appointed to the SSAC on 25 July 2010 but he resigned on 31 January 2012 to join ICANN as Vice President of the Asia Pacific Region. Earlier this year, Mr. Lee left ICANN to become CEO of CNNIC. He also holds a position as Research Professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CNIC). Mr. Lee brings extensive experience and understanding about the Asia Pacific Region, especially China, in addition to broad technical competence in areas of interest to SSAC.

      Mr. Martinez currently is the Security and Stability Manager at LACNIC. He is also Assistant Professor at the School of Engineering of the Universidad de la República in Montevideo, Uruguay. Mr. Martinez brings experience and technical expertise from the Latin American region, as well as experience in Regional Internet Registries (RIRs).

      This is an Organizational Administrative Function not requiring public comment.

    3. Thank You from SSAC to Vanda Scartezini

      Whereas, Vanda Scartezini was appointed to the ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Committee on 25 June 2010 term ending on 31 December 2013.

      Whereas, ICANN wishes to acknowledge and thank Vanda Scartezini for her service to the community by her membership on the Security and Stability Advisory Committee.

      Resolved (2013.10.23.03), that Vanda Scartezini has earned the deep appreciation of the Board for her service to ICANN by her membership on the Security and Stability Advisory Committee, and that the Board wishes Ms. Scartezini well in all future endeavours.

      This is an Organizational Administrative Function not requiring public comment.

      Rationale for Resolution 2013.10.23.03

      It is the practice of the SSAC to seek Board recognition of the service of Committee members upon their departure.

    4. Receipt of ccNSO Report to the Board, IDN ccPDP

      Whereas, the ccNSO has concluded its work to develop policy recommendations pertaining to the section of IDN country code Top Level Domains (IDN ccTLD) strings and the inclusion of IDN ccTLD managers in the ccNSO, with policy recommendations adopted by the ccNSO on 10 April 2013.

      Whereas, pursuant to the ccNSO Policy Development Process set forth in the Bylaws, the ccNSO has prepared a Board Report regarding these recommendations.

      Resolved (2013.10.23.04), the Board receives the September 2013 ccNSO Board Report on the IDN ccNSO Policy Development Process.

      Resolved (2013.10.23.05), the GAC is to be provided formal notice, through the Board Chair, of the Board Report, with identification that the Board intends to consider the policy recommendations at its first regularly scheduled meeting after ICANN's meetings in Buenos Aires.

      Rationale for Resolutions 2013.10.23.04 – 2013.10.23.05

      The Board's acknowledgement of receipt indicates its intention to the community to discuss the ccNSO Recommendation is part of maintaining accountability and transparency in ICANN's decision-making process. According the ICANN Bylaws, Annex B: ccNSO Policy-Development Process (ccPDP), Section 15a, the Board shall meet to discuss the ccNSO Recommendation as soon as feasible after receipt of the Board Report, taking into account procedures for Board consideration. The specific allowance for notification to the Governmental Advisory Committee acknowledges the GAC's role in providing advice on policy matters arising out of the ccNSO, as set forth in Annex B to the Bylaws.

      There is no anticipated fiscal impact from this decision, and there will be no impact on the security, stability and resiliency of the domain name system as a result of this action.

      This is an Organizational Administrative Function not requiring public comment.

    All members of the Board present voted in favor of Resolutions 2013.10.23.01, 2013.10.23.02, 2013.10.23.03, 2013.10.23.04, and 2013.10.23.05. Two members of the Board were unavailable to vote. The Resolutions carried.

  2. Main Agenda:

    1. Update from CEO

      The Board received an update on activities since the Board workshop in Los Angeles on 26-28 September 2013, including attendance and discussions at the Internet Governance Forum in Bali, Indonesia, as well as ongoing efforts regarding Internet coordination and the future of the Internet. The Board also briefly discussed the multi-stakeholder meeting that is anticipated to occur in Brazil in May 2014.

      No resolution taken.

      The Chair then called the meeting to a close.

Published on 1 November 2013

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"""" is not an IDN."