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Special Meeting of the Board

.JOBS STLD Negotiation Resolution

Resolved (04.__) the board authorizes the President and General Counsel to enter into negotiations relating to proposed commercial and technical terms for the .JOBS sponsored top-level domain (sTLD) with the applicant. During these negotiations, the board requests that special consideration be taken as to how broad-based policy-making would be created for the sponsored community, and how this sTLD would be differentiated in the name space.

Resolved (04.__) if after entering into negotiations with the .JOBS sTLD applicant the President and General Counsel are able to negotiate a set of proposed commercial and technical terms for a contractual arrangement, the President shall present such proposed terms to this board, for approval and authorization to enter into an agreement relating to the delegation of the .JOBS sTLD.

Vint Cerf moved for a vote on these resolutions and Mouhamet Diop seconded. The Board approved these resolutions unanimously by a vote of 12-0 with no abstentions.

.MOBI STLD Negotiation Resolution

Resolved (04.__) the board authorizes the President and General Counsel to enter into negotiations relating to proposed commercial and technical terms for the .MOBI sponsored top-level domain (sTLD) with the applicant. During these negotiations, the board requests that special consideration be taken as to confirm the sTLD applicant's proposed community of content providers for mobile phones users, and confirmation that the sTLD applicant's approach will not conflict with the current telephone numbering systems.

Resolved (04.__) if after entering into negotiations with the .MOBI sTLD applicant the President and General Counsel are able to negotiate a set of proposed commercial and technical terms for a contractual arangement, the President shall present such proposed terms to this board, for approval and authorization to enter into an agreement relating to the delegation of the .MOBI sTLD.

Vint Cerf moved for a vote on these resolutions and Hagen Hultzch seconded. The Board approved these resolutions by a vote of 10-0 with two abstentions from Michael Palage and Joichi Ito. Both abstentions related to potential conflicts between the two Board Members and participants in this specific sTLD application.

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."