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Special Meeting of the Board | Approved Resolutions

Approval of Minutes

Resolved (05.__), the minutes of the meeting of the Board on 8 April 2005, are hereby approved and adopted by the Board as presented.

Vint Cerf moved for a vote on this resolution and Michael Palage seconded. The Board approved this resolution unanimously, by a vote of 13-0. Alejandro Pisanty and Njeri Rionge were not present for the vote.

These minutes have subsequently been posted at the following link <http://www.icann.org/minutes/minutes-08apr05.htm>.

.ASIA sTLD Application Discussion

Resolved (05.__), the Board requests that ICANN Staff obtain from the applicants for .ASIA additional detailed information regarding the applicant's compliance with Section 8.3 of the "Principles for Delegation and Administration of ccTLDs Presented by Governmental Advisory Committee" or otherwise report back to the board within 90 days.

Paul Twomey introduced this discussion and moved for a vote on this resolution, Peter Dengate Thrush proposed an amendment to the resolution, and Thomas Niles seconded. The Board approved this resolution by a vote of 12-0. Alejandro Pisanty and Njeri Rionge were not present for the vote. Michael Palage abstained.

.XXX sTLD Application Discussion

Although no resolution was offered regarding this issue, their was broad discussion of this matter and the Board agreed that it would discuss this issue again at the next Board Meeting.

Strategic Plan

Resolved (05.__), the Board directs the ICANN Staff to post the current version of the Strategic Plan to obtain an additional public comment period of no less than one week so that the Board may review such additional comments and consider voting on the Strategic Plan at the next Board Meeting.

Paul Twomey introduced the discussion and moved for a vote on this resolution, Vint Cerf amended the resolution, and Hagen Hultzsch seconded. The Board approved this resolution by a vote of 11-2 with negative votes recorded from Raimundo Beca and Michael Palage. Alejandro Pisanty and Njeri Rionge were not present for the vote.

Pursuant to this request, ICANN Staff posted the latest version of the Strategic Plan on 6 May 2005 and has extended the public comment period until 20 May 2005.

Reimbursement of Director's Expenses

Whereas, Article VI, Section 22 of the ICANN bylaws provides that the Board may authorize the reimbursement of actual and necessary reasonable expenses incurred by Directors performing their duties as Directors;

Resolved (05.__) that the Board hereby authorizes the reimbursement of expenses to Directors as follows:

  • Alejandro Pisanty - for travel to Geneva for meetings relating to WSIS in September 2004 - additional airfare expense of US$3190.94
  • Alejandro Pisanty - for travel to Geneva for meetings relating to WSIS in November 2004 - additional airfare expense of US$7967.35
  • Raimundo Beca - for travel to Maputo, Mozambique to attend an Address Council meeting along with AfrNIC's first meeting - travel expenses estimated not to exceed US$9000
  • Veni Markovski - to attend a meeting in Brussels on 6 June 2005. Estimated cost Euro 1,000.

Vint Cerf introduced the discussion. Thomas Niles moved for a vote on this resolution, and Hagen Hultzsch seconded. The Board unanimously approved this resolution by a vote of 13-0. Alejandro Pisanty and Njeri Rionge were not present for the vote.

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."