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Special Meeting of the Board Preliminary Report

[Special note from ICANN Secretary: A transcription of the board votes was taken and will be posted when the Board Minutes for this meeting are posted.]

The meeting was called to order by Vinton Cerf at 2:08 PM, Pacific Daylight Time.

Approval of Minutes for the 28 July 2005 Special Meeting of the Board

Resolved [05.__], the minutes of the meeting of the Board on 28 July 2005, are hereby approved and adopted by the Board.

The board approved the resolution by a voice vote of 13-0, with one abstention from Alejandro Pisanty. Mr. Pisanty abstained because he was not present for the subject meeting. Michael Palage was not present for the vote.

Development of Global Policy Proposal on IPv6

Whereas, ICANN has been advised that a Global Policy Proposal on IPv6 is in development in the addressing community.

Whereas, the Board's Review Procedures for Global Internet Number Resource Policies <> provide that the Board is responsible for directing the President to monitor and report to the Board on such global addressing policies as such policies are under development.

Resolved (05.__), the ICANN President is directed to assign staff for the purpose of reporting on development of the Global Policy Proposal on IPv6 in accordance with Article 1 of the Board's Review Procedures for Global Internet Number Resource Policies, and instructs the ICANN President to assign staff for the purposes of informing ICANN’s Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees; establishing an ICANN web page to be kept up-to-date, and compiling a background report to be kept up-to-date on the global policy development. This status will be recorded in the monthly report to the ICANN Board by the ICANN President.

The board approved the resolution by a unanimous vote of the Board Members present, 14-0. Michael Palage was not present for the vote.

Other Matters

The ICANN Board of Directors discussed and then deferred consideration of the .CAT and .XXX sTLD requests until the 15 September 2005 Meeting.

.CAT was deferred to allow for further clarification of the terms of the agreement. .XXX was deferred in response to requests from the applicant ICM, as well as the ICANN Government Advisory Committee Chairman’s and the US Department of Commerce’s request to allow for additional time for comments by interested parties.

The Meeting was adjourned at 4:22 PM, 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"""" is not an IDN."