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Voting Transcript

Special Meeting of the ICANN Board

June 14, 2006, 1:00 PM PST

(Meeting commenced at 1:05 p.m.)

(Roll call taken.)

(Discussion on Approval of Outstanding Minutes)

>>VINT CERF: Is there any -- I'm sorry. We are now about to go on the record, since we have a resolution which has been seconded.

So for the scribes, we are on the record voting on the minutes of 16 August 2005.

All those in favor of these minutes, please say aye.

>> Aye.

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

Okay. Thank you. That's unanimous.

Go off the record now.

(Continued discussion on Approval of Outstanding Minutes)

>>VINT CERF: So we will go on the record now with a resolution to approve the minutes of 15 September 2005.

I put that on the table as a motion and ask for a second.

>>HAGEN HULTZSCH: Second from Hagen if nobody else wants to do it instead of myself.

>>VINT CERF: We're on the record, and let me ask if there's any further discussion of the minutes of 15 September 2005.

[technical difficulties interfered with the telephone conference]

>>VINT CERF: I think since we may have lost somebody that we are going to have to find out who is still on the call.

Peter, are you on?

>>PETER DENGATE THRUSH: Yes.

>>VINT CERF: Susan?

>>SUSAN CRAWFORD: Yes.

>>VINT CERF: Veni?

>>VENI MARKOVSKI: Yes.

>>VINT CERF: Hagen?

>>HAGEN HULTZSCH: Yes.

>>VINT CERF: Thomas Narten? Thomas Narten?

>>THOMAS NARTEN: Yes.

>>VINT CERF: Okay. Vanda?

>>VANDA SCARTEZINI: Yes.

>>VINT CERF: Raimundo?

>>VANDA SCARTEZINI: Not yet.

>>VINT CERF: Not yet. Okay. Njeri?

>>NJERI RIONGE: Yes.

>>VINT CERF: Paul Twomey?

>>PAUL TWOMEY: Yes.

>>VINT CERF: Steve Crocker?

>>STEPHEN CROCKER: Yes.

>>VINT CERF: Alex Pisanty? Alex? Oh, Alex may have come off. Okay.

John Jeffrey?

>>JOHN JEFFREY: Yes.

>>VINT CERF: Kurt Pritz?

>>KURT PRITZ: Yes.

>>VINT CERF: And Melanie.

>>MELANIE KELLER: Yes.

>>VINT CERF: Okay. Did I miss anyone?

>>BARBARA ROSEMAN: Yes, there is Barbara Roseman and Kim Davies on the call as well.

>>SUSAN CRAWFORD: And Njeri?

>>VINT CERF: I got Njeri.

>>VENI MARKOVSKI: Njeri is already on the call.

>>VINT CERF: Okay. Thank you.

All right. So we were on the record voting for the 15 September minutes.

If there are no further discussion items, I'll call for a vote on that. All those in favor, please say aye.

>> Aye.

>>SUSAN CRAWFORD: Vint, it's Susan. I would like to abstain since I wasn't on the board at that point, if that's appropriate.

>>VINT CERF: You didn't give me a chance to ask for abstentions.

>>SUSAN CRAWFORD: Oh, sorry.

>>VINT CERF: No problem. Susan abstains. Are there any other abstentions?

>>JOHN JEFFREY: Mr Chairman, as a point of order, it's not necessary for a board member to abstain if they have a representation from the remainder of the board that the minutes are correct.

>>SUSAN CRAWFORD: Oh, great. Thanks, John.

>>VINT CERF: Does that mean you want to vote, Susan?

>>SUSAN CRAWFORD: I'll vote yes.

>>VINT CERF: It's unanimous, Mr. Secretary.

All right. We are off the record again.

(Continued discussion on Approval of Outstanding Minutes — Alejandro Pistanty rejoined)

>>VINT CERF: Hearing none, we will go on the record now, voting on a motion to approve the minutes of 12 October 2005.

I place that on the table and ask for a second.

>>HAGEN HULTZSCH: Nobody else, so --

>>VANDA SCARTEZINI: Second.

>>VINT CERF: I couldn't tell whether that was Hagen or somebody else.

>>VANDA SCARTEZINI: Vanda.

>>VINT CERF: Vanda, okay. Vanda seconds.

Is there any further discussion of the minutes of 12 October 2005?

All those in favor of the minutes, adopting the minutes as written, please say aye.

>> Aye.

>>VINT CERF: Are there any opposed?

Are there any abstentions?

We are off the record again.

(Continued discussion on Approval of Outstanding Minutes)

>>VINT CERF: We will go back on the record with a motion to approve the minutes of 24 October 2005.

I place that on the table and ask for a second.

>>HAGEN HULTZSCH: Hagen seconds.

>>VINT CERF: Thank you.

Is there any further discussion of the minutes of 24 October 2005?

Hearing none, I'll call for a vote. All those in favor of the minutes of 24 October 2005, please say aye.

>> Aye.

>>VINT CERF: Are there any opposed?

Are there any abstentions?

We're back off the record.

(Continued discussion on Approval of Outstanding Minutes)

>>VINT CERF: I am going to now go on the record requesting a vote in favor of all the minutes that have been mentioned in this discussion.

>>PETER DENGATE THRUSH: Vint, before you go on the record, I wonder if we can take a moment to discuss a couple of things.

(Discussion off the record.)

>>VINT CERF: We are back on the record now voting on the minutes of the following meetings: 8 November 2005, 4 December 2005, 10 January 2006, 23 January 2006, 21 February 2006, 28 February 2006, 31 March 2006, the Wellington meeting, and 10 May 2006.

I place a motion on the table to approve these minutes as prepared and ask for a second.

>>VANDA SCARTEZINI: Second.

>>ALEJANDRO PISANTY: Alejandro Pisanty seconds.

>>VINT CERF: Thank you, Alex. Is there any further discussion of the minutes that have been referenced?

If not, I'll call for a vote. All those in favor of the minutes -- this resolution approving the minutes, please say aye.

>> Aye.

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

Mr. Secretary, the minutes, all of the minutes now that were in arrears, have now been approved.

I'd like to now ask Peter to put on the table a resolution with regard to the timeliness of minutes and our focus of attention on that.

Peter, would you like to try to place that resolution on the table?

>>PETER DENGATE THRUSH: Yes, with apologies for the lack of clarity in drafting, perhaps.

A resolution that would acknowledge the fact that we got into arrears in publish -- in approving and publishing minutes of meetings, and acknowledging the difficulty that causes members of the community in keeping up with the board's activity. But note that the board has directed and the staff have complied with steps for ensuring extra resources are being applied to this problem, so we are now confident minutes will be published in a timely fashion.

>>VINT CERF: Thank you, Peter.

I think that I would like to add only my thanks to John Jeffrey and other staff members who worked very hard to bring us up-to-date with regard to the minutes, and that the board and staff intend to maintain a timely reporting of board activity.

Is there a second for Peter's resolution?

>>VANDA SCARTEZINI: I second, Vanda.

>>VINT CERF: Thank you, Vanda.

Is there any further discussion of Peter's resolution?

If not, I'll call for a vote. All those in favor of this resolution, please say aye.

>> Aye.

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

Thank you very much, Peter. The community will appreciate very much having this information in a more timely fashion.

We'll go off the record now.

(Discussion on other agenda items — off the record, no other votes were taken.)

(Meeting adjourned at 2:35 p.m.)

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