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Report of Written Consent Action | Written Consent Actions of the ICANN Board

This is a Report of the Written Consent Actions of the ICANN Board, which were adopted on 2 August 2012 through a unanimous online vote. The ICANN Bylaws allow for written consent actions pursuant to Article VI, Section 19: http://www.icann.org/en/about/governance/bylaws#VI-19.

Due to the requirement for unanimous consent, all resolutions identified herein were approved by all voting members of the Board, including:

Akram Atallah (Interim CEO), Sébastien Bachollet, Cherine Chalaby, Bertrand de La Chapelle, Steve Crocker (Chair), Chris Disspain, Bill Graham, Erika Mann, Gonzalo Navarro, Ray Plzak, R. Ramaraj, George Sadowsky, Mike Silber, Bruce Tonkin (Vice Chair), Judith Vazquez, and Kuo-Wei Wu.

  1. Approval of Board Meeting Minutes
  2. Appointment of Ondrej Filip to SSAC
    1. Rationale for Resolution 2012.08.02.03
  3. Acknowledgment of Completion of ALAC Structural Review
    1. Rationale for Resolution 2012.08.02.04
  4. Acknowledgment of Completion of NomCom Structural Review
    1. Rationale for Resolution 2012.08.02.05
  5. Thank You Resolutions:
    1. Departing At-Large Community Volunteer
    2. Rod Beckstrom
    3. Sponsors of Prague Meeting
    4. Scribes, Interpreters, Staff, Event and Hotel Teams of Prague Meeting
    5. Local Hosts of Prague Meeting

 

  1. Approval of Board Meeting Minutes

    Resolved (2012.08.02.01), the Board approves the minutes of the 6 May 2012 ICANN Board Meeting.

    Resolved (2012.08.02.02), the Board approves the minutes of the 31 May 2012 ICANN Board Meeting.

  2. Appointment of Ondrej Filip to SSAC

    Whereas, the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) does review its membership and make adjustments from time-to- time.

    Whereas, the SSAC Membership Committee, on behalf of the SSAC, requests that the Board should appoint Ondrej Filip to the SSAC.

    Resolved (2012.08.02.03), the Board appoints Ondrej Filip to the SSAC.

    Rationale for Resolution 2012.08.02.03

    The SSAC is a diverse group of individuals whose expertise in specific subject matters enables the SSAC to fulfil its charter and execute its mission. Since its inception, the SSAC has invited individuals with deep knowledge and experience in technical and security areas that are critical to the security and stability of the Internet's domain name system.

    The SSAC's continued operation as a competent body is dependent on the accrual of talented subject matter experts who have consented to volunteer their time and energies to the execution of the SSAC mission. Ondrej Filip is the Chief Executive Officer of NIC.CZ, the registry for .CZ in the Czech Republic. He brings to the SSAC broad experience in the security and stability of the Internet relating to registries.

  3. Acknowledgment of Completion of ALAC Structural Review

    Whereas, the At-Large Advisory Committee, ALAC, and supporting staff have been working to complete the implementation of recommendations arising from the organizational review called for in the Bylaws. The "ALAC/At-Large Improvements Implementation Project Plan" was approved by the Board on 5 August 2010, http://www.icann.org/en/groups/board/documents/resolutions-05aug10-en.htm.

    Whereas, in coordination with the Structural Improvements Committee (SIC), the At Large Advisory Committee confirms that it has completed the implementation steps called for in the plan.

    Resolved (2012.08.02.04), the Board thanks the members of the At Large Advisory Committee and the supporting staff that have brought this work to completion, and recognizes the significant effort and dedication involved.

    Rationale for Resolution 2012.08.02.04

    The proposed actions are intended to note the completion of the ALAC review for the public record. The actions to be taken do not entail any budgetary consequences. It is important to take these actions now to fulfil transparency requirements in a timely manner. This action is not expected to have any impact on the security, stability or resiliency of the domain name system.

  4. Acknowledgment of Completion of NomCom Structural Review

    Whereas, the Nominating Committee and supporting staff have been working to complete the implementation of recommendations arising from the organizational review called for in the Bylaws. The "Nominating Committee Improvements Implementation Project Plan" was approved by the Board on 10 December 2010, http://www.icann.org/en/minutes/resolutions-10dec10-en.htm.

    Whereas, in coordination with the Structural Improvements Committee (SIC), the Nominating Committee and supporting staff confirm that the implementation steps called for in the plan have been completed.

    Resolved (2012.08.02.05), the Board thanks the members of the Nominating Committee and the supporting staff that have brought this work to completion, and recognizes the significant effort and dedication involved.

    Rationale for Resolution 2012.08.02.05

    The proposed actions are intended to note the completion of the NomCom review for the public record. The actions to be taken do not entail any budgetary consequences. It is important to take these actions now to fulfil transparency requirements in a timely manner. This action is not expected to have any impact on the security, stability or resiliency of the domain name system.

  5. Thank You Resolutions:

    1. Departing At-Large Community Volunteer

      Whereas, ICANN wishes to acknowledge the considerable energy and skills that members of the stakeholder community bring to the ICANN process.

      Whereas, in recognition of these contributions, ICANN wishes to acknowledge and thank members of the community when their terms of service on Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees end.

      Whereas, one (1) member of the At-Large community has left his position since the Costa Rica meeting:

      Dev Anand Teelucksingh, LACRALO Secretariat from 3 April 2009 until 4 May 2012.

      Resolved (2012.08.02.06), Dev Anand Teelucksingh has earned the deep appreciation of the Board for his term of service, and the Board wishes him well in his future endeavors.

    2. Rod Beckstrom

      Whereas, Rod A. Beckstrom was elected by the ICANN Board as ICANN's President and Chief Executive Officer effective 1 July 2009.

      Whereas, Rod concludes his term as President and Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors on 1 July 2012.

      Whereas, under Rod's leadership ICANN made significant progress on strategic objectives, including DNS stability and security, increased competition, consumer trust and consumer choice, core operations including IANA and a healthy Internet governance ecosystem.

      Whereas, this progress included strong growth in DNSSEC adoption and expansion of L-root instances, the launch of the new gTLD program, increased adoption of IDNs, growth in membership in ICANN organizations and increased international outreach.

      Whereas, during Rod's term as the Chief Executive Officer, important steps were taken that will enable future innovation and expansion establishing a lasting legacy of contributions to the global unified Internet.

      Whereas, Rod during his term as CEO, Rod has served as a member of the ICANN Board as well as a:

      Member of the Board Executive Committee

      Member of the New gTLD Program Committee

      Resolved (2012.08.02.07), Rod has earned the deep appreciation of the Board for his term of service as President, CEO and member of the Board of Directors, and the Board wishes Rod well in all future endeavors.

    3. Sponsors of Prague Meeting

      The Board wishes to thank the following sponsors:
      Verisign, Inc., Afilias Limited, .ORG, The Public Interest Registry, Neustar, China Organizational Name Administration Center, EURid, Iron Mountain, China Network Information Center, UniForum SA dba the .ZA Central Registry, InterNetX, community.asia, Freedom Registry, Inc., KeyDrive S.A., .Club Domains, LLC, Gransy s.r.o, AFNIC, CloudNames, CentralNIC, SX Registry, Uniregistry, Corp. and ICANNWiki, and our local sponsors Dial Telecom.

    4. Scribes, Interpreters, Staff, Event and Hotel Teams of Prague Meeting

      The Board expresses its appreciation to the scribes, the interpreters, technical teams, and to the entire ICANN staff for their efforts in facilitating the smooth operation of the meeting.

      The Board would also like to thank the management and staff of the Hilton Prague Hotel for the wonderful facility to hold this event. Special thanks are given to Daniela Koborova, Group Services Coordinator, and Martin Musil, Group Services Coordinator.

    5. Local Hosts of Prague Meeting

      The Board wishes to extend its thanks to the local host organizer, CZ.NIC for their support. Special thanks are given to Ondrej Filip, CEO, Pavel Tuma Director of Marketing and Communications, Michaela Vyternova, Marketing Specialist CZ.NIC. and the entire CZ.NIC staff.

      The Board extends thanks to Mr. Martin Kuba, Minister of Industry and Trade, Czech Republic for his support and participation during the meeting.

16 Directors approved of Resolutions 2012.08.02.01, 2012.08.02.02, 2012.08.02.03, 2012.08.02.04, 2012.08.02.05, 2012.08.02.06, and 2012.08.02.07 through the provision of online consent. No Directors were opposed to the Resolutions. No Directors abstained from voting on the Resolutions. All Directors were available to vote.

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."