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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 11:20 AM, Pacific Daylight Time. The Board took action on the following agenda items:

Initiation of Public Comment Period on Proposed VeriSign Settlement and Proposed New .COM Registry Agreement

Peter Dengate Thrush and Thomas Niles moved for the following resolution to be considered and Hagen Hultzsch seconded:

Whereas, ICANN has negotiated a proposed settlement of the pending litigation between ICANN and VeriSign.

Whereas, significant ICANN funds and staff, and ICANN community resources, have been devoted to addressing many long-standing points of tension and litigation between VeriSign and ICANN, which have adversely affected the broader Internet community.

Whereas, ICANN has engaged in negotiations with VeriSign in an effort to reach a favorable agreement on litigation issues in order to benefit the broader Internet community.

Whereas, the proposed settlement agreement includes VeriSign withdrawing all pending litigation and arbitration relating to .com, and VeriSign adopting ICANN's position on a wide range of issues concerning registry services and the way they are introduced.

Whereas, the proposed settlement agreement requires VeriSign to introduce new services through a transparent, defined, and timely procedure that includes safeguards for security, stability and competition.

Whereas, the proposed settlement agreement requires VeriSign to exclusively use binding arbitration through the Paris-based International Chamber of Commerce for all future .com disputes.

Whereas, the proposed settlement agreement commits VeriSign to work with ICANN to coordinate the tasks that ICANN and VeriSign undertake in the updating of the zone file.

Whereas, the proposed settlement agreement enters ICANN and VeriSign into a new .COM Registry agreement intended to balance innovation and business certainty with the need to ensure competition, security and stability in the domain name system.

Whereas, prior to making a determination on whether the proposed settlement agreement should be approved, the ICANN Board desires broad input from the ICANN community and the general public on whether the proposed settlement agreement will be beneficial for the ICANN community and the future security and stability of the Internet.

Resolved (05.__), that the ICANN President and General Counsel are directed to post the settlement documents on the ICANN website for public comment, and to return to the Board for approval, disapproval or advice on the settlement, at which time the Board will consider all input and determine the appropriate actions.

The board approved the resolution by a 12-0, with one abstention. Board Members voting in favor included Raimundo Beca, Vinton Cerf, Mouhamet Diop, Demi Getschko, Hagen Hultzsch, Joichi Ito, Veni Markovski, Thomas Niles, Alejandro Pisanty, Vanda Scartezini, Peter Dengate Thrush, and Paul Twomey. Board Members, Hualin Qian and Njeri Rionge were not present for the vote. Board Member, Michael Palage abstained due to a potential conflict of interest.

The Meeting was adjourned at 12:02 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""icann.org"" is not an IDN."