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Secretary's Notice | GNSO Council's Selection of Rita Rodin as an ICANN Director

The Generic Names Supporting Organization has appointed Rita Rodin of the United States as a Director on the ICANN Board serving in Seat 14. Ms. Rodin is filling a vacancy left by the resignation of Michael Palage. Her term will commence immediately and will continue until six months after the conclusion of ICANN's Annual Meeting in 2007.

Article X, Section 3(6) of the ICANN Bylaws states:

6. The GNSO Council shall make selections to fill Seats 13 and 14 on the ICANN Board by written ballot or by action at a meeting; any such selection must have affirmative votes comprising a majority of the votes of all the members of the GNSO Council. Notification of the GNSO Council's selections shall be given by the GNSO Chair in writing to the ICANN Secretary, consistent with Article VI, Sections 8(4) and 12(1).

Consistent with the second-quoted sentence above, I received the following message on 28 June 2006 from Bruce Tonkin, the GNSO Chair:

From: "Bruce Tonkin"
Date: June 28, 2006 12:45:28 PM GMT+00:00
To: "John Jeffrey"
Cc: "Vint Cerf"
Subject: Appointment of Rita Rodin to the ICANN Board

I hereby advise that the GNSO Council has ratified the election result for ICANN Board seat #14 at its meeting today, and confirm that Rita Rodin has been elected to take up ICANN Board seat #14.

Regards,
Bruce Tonkin

John O. Jeffrey
ICANN General Counsel & Secretary

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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."