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Voting Transcript of Board Meeting

Voting Transcript

Special Meeting of the ICANN Board

June 9, 2006

1:00 PST

(Meeting commenced. 1:10 p.m.)

(Roll call taken.)

Review of Recommendations from Board's Compensation Committee

[Redacted Portion of Voting]

(Further discussion on item.)

>>PETER DENGATE THRUSH: Can I ask that we have the minutes record that before, [redacted], then, because we should make it clear when an item is not going to be public and why, and I think we should all agree clearly in this case, this is not an item for public record.

(Further discussion on item.)

>>VINT CERF: I'll ask for a voice vote. All those in favor, please say aye.




>>Are there any opposed? Are there any abstentions?

Mr. Secretary, we have now passed the pending resolutions.

Approval of Financial Expenditures for Litigation Expert's Expenses

>>VINT CERF: Okay. In that case we have an actionable resolution on the table. We will go on the record to vote in favor, or not, of authorization of the president to make a payment to the ERS Group in the amount of $100,201.64 for their expert service provided to ICANN from November 2005 through February 2006.

Is there any further discussion of the resolution?

Peter, you might wish to make a comment on the record.

>>PETER DENGATE THRUSH: Thank you, Vint. In seconding this motion I would like to record my thanks to the staff for the way the resolution is drafted in that it records that the appropriate staff responsible for supervising this expenditure are certifying to the board that they have checked those expenditures, and it was a process that I'm sure was always going on, but it's nice to have it confirmed in the resolution itself.

>>VINT CERF: Thank you, Peter. We will endeavor to incorporate that kind of reference in all such expenditures authorized by the board.

Are there any other comments from board members before we vote?

All those in favor of the resolution, please say aye.

>> Aye.

>>VINT CERF: Are there any opposed? Are there any abstentions?

Mr. Secretary, the president is authorized to make payments.

Delegation of Aland Islands (.AX) Top-Level Domain

>>VINT CERF: So we'll go on the record now with regard to the dpel gags of the Aland Islands top level domain name, .AX.

The resolution if it is approved will authorize the staff to finalize negotiations for delegating the operation of .AX to the proposed authority.

And I now open the call to comments.

I'd like to prefix vote and other comments with my -- with my commendation on behalf of the board to the IANA, the general manager, Kim Davies in particular who wrote the evaluation document, for the high level of competence and quality of this delegation proposal.

The board hopes that it will be possible for all future delegations to achieve a similar level of high quality.

Any other comments from the board before we vote?

In that case --

>>ALEJANDRO PISANTY: Alejandro Pisanty. (Inaudible) delegation extremely clean and that the incumbents or the guys who want to take over and so forth. I join your commendation, but it is not the right expectation to think that things are so simple. I think a 27,000 inhabitant island in the Gulf of (inaudible).

>>VINT CERF: Thank you, Alex. Are there any other comments before we vote?

In that case, all those in favor of this redelegation -- sorry, of this delegation, please say aye.

>> Aye.

>> Aye.

>> Aye.

>> Aye.

>> Aye.

>>VINT CERF: Are there any who oppose?

Mr. Secretary, the delegation of the .AX top-level domain is approved by the board. Please notify the staff that the board approves their further actions with this delegation.

And with that , I will adjourn the meeting until June 14th when we will meet again with another set of actions to take.

I thank every one of you for your hard work today and your expeditious action.

See you on the Net.

(Meeting adjourned at 2:06 p.m.)

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."