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Special Meeting of the Board Approved Resolutions

The meeting was called to order by Vinton Cerf at 7:38 AM, Pacific Daylight Time.

Strategic Plan

No action was taken on the Strategic Plan and discussion of the matter was continued until the next Board Meeting scheduled for 7 June 2005.

.XXX sTLD Approval to Enter into Contractual Negotiations

Hagen Hultzsch moved for a vote on the below resolutions and Joichi Ito seconded.

Resolved [05.__] the Board authorizes the President and General Counsel to enter into negotiations relating to proposed commercial and technical terms for the .XXX sponsored top-level domain (sTLD) with the applicant.

Resolved [05.__] if after entering into negotiations with the .XXX 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 sTLD.

The Board approved these resolutions by a vote of 6-3 with two abstentions.

Affirmative votes were cast by Vinton Cerf, Hagen Hultzsch, Joichi Ito, Veni Markovski, Vanda Scartezini, and Paul Twomey. Negative votes were cast by Raimundo Beca, Alejandro Pisanty and Hualin Qian. The following Board Members abstained from voting: Demi Getschko and Michael Palage The following Board Members were not present for the vote: Mouhamet Diop, Thomas Niles, Njeri Rionge and Peter Dengate Thrush.

.NET Successor Registry Process

Although the Board engaged in discussions surrounding this issue no board action was taken.

Hagen Hultzsch moved and Vinton Cerf seconded a motion to select the proposal of VeriSign, Inc. to continue its operation of the .NET registry, to approve the proposed agreement with VeriSign, and to authorize the President to take such actions as appropriate to implement the agreement.

The resolution was neither approved, nor disapproved. The recorded vote was 5-2, with 4 abstentions.

The vote on this resolution did not constitute an action by the Board because it lacked the requisite majority of the Board Members present, as required under the ICANN Bylaws, Article VI, Section 17.

Affirmative votes were cast by Vinton Cerf, Hagen Hultzsch, Veni Markovski, Hualin Qian and Paul Twomey. Negative votes were cast by Alejandro Pisanty and Vanda Scartezini. The following Board Members abstained from voting: Raimundo Beca, Demi Getschko, Joichi Ito and Michael Palage. The following Board Members were not present for the vote: Mouhamet Diop, Thomas Niles, Njeri Rionge and Peter Dengate Thrush.

The Board will take up this issue again in its next Board Meeting scheduled for 7 June 2005.

The Meeting was adjourned at 9:33 AM, Pacific Daylight Time.

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."