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ICANN Meetings in Cape Town

ICANN Board Meeting

Sunday, December 5, 2004

Note: The following is the output of the real-time captioning taken during the ICANN Board Meeting held on 5 December, 2004 in Cape Town, South Africa . Although the captioning output is largely accurate, in some cases it is incomplete or inaccurate due to inaudible passages or transcription errors. It is posted as an aid to understanding the proceedings at the session, but should not be treated as an authoritative record.

>>VINT CERF: Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.
I am impressed with so many of you getting up at this hour.
We're impressed with ourselves.
I will call this meeting into session and begin with the first item of business which is the approval of previous board meeting minutes.
If we could have -- I don't know whether we're prepared to put up on the screen the actual motion that will be discussed.
But if we can, that would be helpful.
I'm going to introduce this motion.
We are resolving, if you agree, that the minutes of the meetings of 26 June, 2003, 23 July, 2003, 8 August, 2003, 19 August, 2003, 9 September, 2003, 12 September, 2003, 13 October, 2003, 30 September, 2004, 18 October, 2004, and 15 November, 2004 are approved and adopted by the board as presented.
I place that motion on the table and ask for a second.
Mike Palage seconds.
Is there discussion of this motion?
Mouhamet.
>>MOUHAMET DIOP: I just want to raise a point about the 30 September.
I don't think that it's -- we should open up for discussion, but I want to raise a point about the 30 September 2004 meeting.
And if it is stated inside that document without any change.
So I will not feel comfortable with it.

>>VINT CERF: Thank you, Mouhamet.
In that case, let me suggest a friendly amendment.
We could strike from this motion the vote on the 30 September minutes and remand that for further discussion.
Would that be acceptable?
That's a question for Mouhamet.

>>MOUHAMET DIOP: Yeah, if we pull it out, I -- it's okay for all the others.
>>VINT CERF: We will take that out of the motion.
>>MOUHAMET DIOP: Yeah.
>>VINT CERF: And discuss it at another time.
So I would present, then, an amended motion that strikes the 30th September 2004 minutes from approval.
Is there any other discussion?
I'll call for the vote.
All those in favor of approving the minutes that I mentioned, with the exception of 30 September 2004, please raise your hand.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten voting in favor.
Hagen, we're voting on the minutes.
11.
Are there any voting no?
Put your hands down, Michael.
Are there any voting no?
Are there any abstentions?
Mr. Secretary, the motion passes unanimously with 11 votes.
The second item on the agenda is recommendations for future meetings.
I'd like to call upon the meetings chairman, Veni Markovski, to introduce this motion.
>>VENI MARKOVSKI: Good morning.
The resolution states: Whereas, ICANN has received several proposals for hosting ICANN meetings to be held in North America in fall 2005, in Asia-Pacific in spring did 2006 and in Africa summer 2006.
Whereas the proposals have been reviewed by the ICANN staff and meetings committee which review has resulted in the following recommendation from the committee.
Resolved that the president is authorized to make arrangements for meetings in Vancouver, Canada from the 30th of November to 4th of December 2005, in wellington, New Zealand, from the 27th to 31st of March, 2006, and Marrakesh, Morocco, 26th to 30th of June 2006.
I'd like to use the opportunity before we vote to urge people to send proposals for the next meetings after summer 2006.
We are ready to accept proposals for 2007, 2008, 2009, et cetera.
So, please, feel free to send us proposals.
>>VINT CERF: Thank you very much, Veni.
Is there a second for this motion?
Mike Palage seconds.
Before we vote, I have one discussion item, a reminder for the minutes and for the participants today that the dates for the Vancouver meeting in Canada have shifted slightly from their earlier posted time, which was, I think, a week later.
So it's just to call your attention to the fact that that's slightly earlier than had originally been planned, in case you already started working on your calendar for that period in 2005.
Are there any other comments or questions on this motion?
I'll call for the vote, then.
All those in favor, please raise your hand.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten -- 11.
Put your hands down.
All -- that's unanimous.
So, Mr. Secretary, the vote on the meetings committee recommendation is unanimously accepted by the board.
The next item on the agenda is the ICANN strategic plan.
And I'd like to call on Ivan Campos to introduce this motion for consideration.
Ivan.
>>IVAN MOURA CAMPOS: Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
This resolution comes in response to public input from the community, as everybody noticed, including in the public forum.
It extends the period for public comment through February 28th so that people have more adequate time to think about it and give us valuable input.
So in the -- one of the reasons for that is that it was posted on November 16th, and several people requested that the board extend this period.
So I propose -- it put this resolution on the table extending the public comment period until February 28th.
>>VINT CERF: February 28th, 2005.
>>IVAN MOURA CAMPOS: 2005, of course.
>>VINT CERF: Yes.
Thank you.
Thank you, Ivan.
Is there a second for this motion?
I see Hagen seconds.
Is there any further discussion on this motion?
If you vote -- Mouhamet.
>>MOUHAMET DIOP: Thank you very much, Vint.
I think that this part of the work that ICANN is trying to set up is very important.
And I just want to congratulate the CEO and the staff for the job they have already performed.
My only concern is, since we're going to open up in order to get more input from the various constituencies of ICANN, I think that it would be -- my vision of the output of this work is to give one outcome, I mean, one vision for all ICANN, because sometimes it's really disturbing when you look at the organization as a whole and then it's just like we start getting different way of seeing that organization, because I did not see anything given to strengthen our organization if everybody is trying to get their own vision.
And I think the whole thing that the CEO and staff have tried to make it by raising that strategic plan is to be able to through one effort to convey all the ICANN constituencies to lay out, to put on the table the common vision they have of what our organization will be in the future.
And it's a core process, and I think that it's a very critical one, because people will judge us through our strategic plan, because the strategic plan will lay out our core values as an organization, as a group, as a community.
And I really convey all the constituencies to try to participate as much as they can.
And as an output, it will be not a staff document or CEO document, but a whole ICANN spirit that goes together from that document.
So that's just the input I want to put on it.
>>VINT CERF: Thank you very much, Mouhamet.
I'm sure many of us share those same feelings that having a common vision will help guide our work and prioritize it for us.
If there are no other comments on this resolution to extend the comment period for the strategic plan, I'll call for the vote.
All those in favor, please raise your hand.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten -- 11.
It's unanimous, Mr. Secretary.
The strategic plan comment period has been extended by the board to 28 February, 2005.
The next item on the agenda is the -- has to do with the dot net request for proposals.
As you know, and as you will see -- I hope -- on the screen momentarily, quite a large number of actions have been taken with regard to this RFP, but a great deal of discussion, a great deal of consultation has been -- has taken place.
We are now at the point where the timing of the whole dot net RFP process needs us to place this final document online and to permit the staff to continue to execute on the dot net process, redelegation process.
So I'd like to put this motion on the table.
I'm not going to read all the "whereases," but they summarize the history of the dot net RFP.
Michael.
>>MICHAEL PALAGE: Yes, Mr. Chairman, before placing this on the table, I'd just like the minutes to reflect that I will be abstaining on this particular vote.
As discussed in Tunisia and throughout, because of my consulting arrangement with Afilias as a likely bidder, I will not be taking part in this matter.
Thank you.
>>VINT CERF: Thank you very much, Michael.
The minutes will so note, Mr. Secretary, the reasons for Michael Palage's abstention on this vote.
If you vote in favor of this motion, we will essentially be adopting the recommendation of the GNSO Council and authorize the president and the general counsel to post the final dot net RFP, in accordance with the procedures which we've adopted previously for processing that RFP.
So I put this motion on the table and I ask for a second.
I see Hagen seconds.
Is there any further discussion of this motion?
Okay.
In that case, I'll call for the vote.
All those in favor, please raise your hand.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten -- Mr. Secretary -- you can put your hands down now.
Thank you.
Mr. Secretary, there is one abstention, Michael, and ten positive votes.
So the motion passes.
And the staff is now empowered to place this document online in final form and to proceed with the dot net RFP.
The next item on the agenda has to do with the actions required to finalize the MOU or take actions consequent to the MOU between the number resource organization and ICANN.
I'd like to ask Raimundo if he would put this particular motion on the table for consideration.

>>RAIMUNDO BECA: Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
This motion is related to the fact that on the 21st of October, the MOU was signed between the NRO and ICANN.
And the -- this signature means that the bylaws have to be amended to take into account the fact that the Address Supporting Organization will be organized in a different manner.
In concrete, what will happen is that the address council will now be reconformed as the names council from the NRO.
And the motion states only the fact that the -- it will be posted for public opinion or for public discussion the amendment to the bylaws.
So the motion is authorizing the posting of the amendment to the bylaws.
>>VINT CERF: Thank you very much.
So I take that as a motion to place this on -- I'm sorry -- a motion to place this resolution on the table.
Is there a second?
I see Paul Twomey seconds.
All -- is there any further discussion of the motion to make modifications to the bylaws to accommodate the ASO MoU?
Alex.
>>ALEJANDRO PISANTY: I think I would reiterate, and there are good reasons to reiterate some of the concepts I expressed yesterday, which is that it is really necessary for this community that the signing of the MOU with the ASO -- with the NRO for the ASO -- what the jungle with acronyms this is.
But the signing of this MOU must really spark a lot of good will, good faith consultation between the NRO and the rest of the community.
And this goes beyond the wording of the MOU, beyond the wording of the bylaws.
It has to be no surprise, this relationship.
It has to be a relationship where the NRO becomes as friendly and transparent to the rest of ICANN as we have engaged to make the rest of ICANN be, transparent and open to all parties, including the NRO.
And a no-surprises policy here would be extremely valuable in learning, for example, of strategic plans that are not yet written, plans and set-ups for the future relationships internally, will be extremely valuable for all of us to know in advance and to be able to act in conjunction.
Whereas I find that some of the individual acts of the NRO started by the NRO itself are extremely valuable, I still think, trying to put myself into their shoes, that there could be a lot of added value if these actions were undertaken with -- after a previous consultation with other parts of our community.
As I said yesterday, and I want to reiterate this in the formal meeting, I offer myself personally and I'm sure several other board members also are most willing to act as bridge persons in this relationship to make sure that we can cooperate to the highest extent in order to really consolidate this last huge component that has to yet be formally incorporated into the structure of ICANN.
>>VINT CERF: Thank you very much, Alex.
Are there any other comments before we vote on this motion?
If you vote in favor of the motion, you will authorize the staff to prepare modifications to the bylaws, which will then be posted for public comment, and we will undertake to adopt them in a subsequent meeting.
I see no other comments.
I'll call for the vote.
All those in favor, please raise your hand.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten -- 11.
It's unanimous.
Mr. Secretary, the motion for the modification of the bylaws is unanimously authorized by the board.
The next item has to do with the appointments by the -- made by the nominating committee, and so -- or has -- is related to the nominating committee appointments.
And I'd like to ask Hagen to introduce this motion.
>>HAGEN HULTZSCH: Thank you, Vint.
As you will recall, the bylaws, article VII asked the board to appoint a nonvoting chair of the nominating committee.
On March 6, 2004, ICANN appointed Mr. Jean-Jacques Damlamian as chair of the nominating committee to serve until the conclusion of the ICANN annual meeting, which is today, or until his earlier resignation, removal, or other disqualification from service.
The nominating committee chair asked Pindar Wong to serve as a vice chair to assist him in the direction of the nominating committee in lieu of the service of the immediately preceding nominating committee chair as a nonvoting advisor, as is contemplated for subsequent nominating committees by bylaws article VII, section 2 ( 2).
Linda Wilson served in her capacity as immediately previous nominating committee chair as nonvoting advisor to both the chair and the vice chair of the nominating committee.
Whereas in 2004, nominating committee consisted of delegates from each of ICANN's constituencies and advisory bodies.
It is resolved that the ICANN board expresses its deep appreciation to Jean-Jacques Damlamian, Pindar Wong, Linda Wilson, and all the members of the 2004 nominating committee for their dedication, their hard work, and their successful efforts.
I would like to ask for a second of this -- thank you.
>>VINT CERF: I see Alejandro.
>>HAGEN HULTZSCH: I do that --
>>VINT CERF: No, the chair should do that.
If you happened to put his hand up, that's okay.
>>HAGEN HULTZSCH: Second is Alejandro.
And is there discussion on this subject?
>>VINT CERF: Yes.
What I would like to suggest to my fellow board members is that this particular resolution ought to be adopted by acclamation.
And I so recommend.

(Applause.)
>>VINT CERF: Mr. Secretary, you have a unanimous passage by acclamation.
And thank you to the committee for all their hard work.
The next item on the agenda is to repopulate the nominating committee, beginning with an appointment of the chair.
And I'd like to ask Alex Pisanty, the vice-chairman and head of the board governance committee to put that resolution on the table.
>>ALEJANDRO PISANTY: Thank you, Vint.
Whereas -- I'm going to skip the numbers of the articles for the sake of -- whereas the bylaws call for the nonvoting chair of the nominating committee to be appointed by the ICANN board, the board governance committee -- whereas the board governance committee has recommended that George Sadowsky be appointed to chair the 2005 nominating committee and Mr. Sadowsky has indicated a willingness to serve, resolved that Mr. Sadowsky is appointed as chair of the 2005 nominating committee to serve until the conclusion of the ICANN annual meeting in 2005 or until his earlier resignation, removal, or other dis qualification from service.
Resolved further that the president provided support by ICANN and other sources for the nominating committee as determined, in consultation with the chair of the committee, to be appropriate for the discharge of its functions.
So moved.
>>VINT CERF: Thanks.
This is a very critical position, and it's important that we get started as early as possible on the work of the nominating committee.
Is there a second for this motion?
I see Hualin Qian seconds.
There were several others, Mr. Secretary.
But the record will show that Hualin Qian got his hand up first.
Is there any further discussion on this recommendation?
Mouhamet.
>>MOUHAMET DIOP: I just want to personally give my -- my recognition to that appointment, just like it's not something personal, but I am talking on behalf of many communities, and Sadowsky has also -- he was one of the key persons involved in the process of trying to make the Internet really present in developing countries for many years and has been part of one of the people that have participated to the workshop that ISOC has organized in '96.
For many years, I mean, he just put all his energy and his time in order to make the Internet be present when the network was already there.
And the capacity-building process was one of the areas where he performed for many years.
And I think that this will bring something new in that nominating committee in order to get a balance, I mean, new views and very useful input for the ICANN community.
So I just want to thank all the people that have that great idea to put him in that position.
That's the only thing I want to share on it.
>>VINT CERF: Thank you very much, Mouhamet.
I sometimes think we should make a tee shirt for George that says "making the network go where no network has gone before."
Professor Qian.
>>HUALIN QIAN: I also would like to say a few words for Mr. Sadowsky.
I was one of the Chinese in 1993 workshop.
At that time, we don't have Internet connected to the world.
So that's very important for me.
And in that training course, we had 130 people from developing countries.
So I think George made quite a lot of very big contribution to the developed countries and also to the development of the Internet of all of world.
Thank you, George.
>>VINT CERF: Thank you very much, Hualin.
Are there any other comments before we take this vote?
All right.
I'll call for the vote.
All those -- if you vote in favor, we will be appointing George Sadowsky as the nominating committee chairman, with the attendant effort and work associated with that.
I'm surprised that he's still sitting in the audience waiting to see if we're going to place all this work on his shoulders.
All those in favor, please raise your hand.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten -- 11.
It is unanimous.
Ladies and gentlemen, for those of you who might possibly not know George Sadowsky, he's sitting down there in the audience.
Will you please stand up, George, and let everybody see who you are.
Thank you.

(Applause.)
>>VINT CERF: All right.
The next item on the agenda has to do with a request that came from the GNSO Council regarding its -- the way in which it is composed.
And I'd like to ask Mike Palage to put this motion on the table.
Michael.
>>MICHAEL PALAGE: Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
Whereas at the ICANN meeting in Tunisia on the 31st of October, 2003, the board resolved to allow the GNSO Council to maintain three representatives per constituency until the end of the ICANN annual meeting 2004; and also resolved to perform a review of the GNSO Council in 2004 to include analysis of the efficacy of having three representatives from each constituency on the GNSO Council.
Whereas the external review is not yet complete and the GNSO Council has indicated its desire to extend the current arrangement of three representatives per constituency until the ICANN meeting in Mar Del Plata, Argentina, in April 2005.
It is resolved or proposed that the board agree to extend the current arrangement of three representatives per constituency until the ICANN meeting in Mar Del Plata, Argentina, in April 2005 to allow time for external review to be completed following a public comment period, to allow time for ICANN to consider a proposed change to the ICANN bylaws to allow three representatives per constituency on an ongoing basis, and to allow an appropriate period for public discussion before changing the bylaws.

>>VINT CERF: Thank you very much, Michael.
I take that as a motion on the table.
Is there a second?
I see Alex seconds.
Is there any further discussion on this motion?
Just a small reminder that it is merely postponing an action which we ultimately have to take in the event that we choose to keep the three-representative arrangement.
But it certainly allows time for our GNSO colleagues to analyze this option and explain to themselves, let alone to us, the utility of continuing this process.
I see no further request for discussion, so I'll call for the vote. All those in favor of this motion, please raise your hand. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, 11.
Mr. Secretary, we approve this motion unanimously, and I hope our colleagues in the GNSO take advantage of this opportunity.
The next item on the agenda has to do with a relatively complex matter, the WIPO II report, having to do with domain names and potential constraints and restrictions on their assignment.
I'd like to invite Paul Twomey to introduce this motion.
>>PAUL TWOMEY: Thank you, chairman.
As you indicated, this is a complex area. On the 21st of February, 2003, ICANN received a letter from the world intellectual property organization providing information about two decisions that WIPO members state requested be transmitted to ICANN concerning the names and acronyms of international intergovernmental organizations and concerning the names of countries.
In response to this invitation from the board, advice and comments were received from the At-Large Advisory Committee, ALAC, and the GNSO counCIL, the Governmental Advisory Committee, and the intellectual property interests and the commercial and business users constituencies OF the GNSO.
Pursuant to board resolution 03.83 which directed THAT ICANN's president form a joint working group which included participants in the GNSO, the ALAC, and the GAC as well as board members for the purpose of analyzing the practical and technical aspects of implementing the WIPO recommendations and notably the implications FOR the UDRP.
In Kuala Lumpur, the president's WIPO II joint working group WAS UNable to deliver a report indicating that it could achieve consensus in its recommendations regarding these issues.
Pursuant to two board resolutions, 04.61 and 04.62, ICANN staff was directed to investigate and analyze the report and has commenced such a review and investigation. And it has also commenced additional consultation but has been unable to obtain enough information to be able to make a recommendation at this time.
And in my report to the board, verbal report to the board on the 5th of December, I stated the analysis of the report of the joint working group shows there was no consensus among its members on the practical and technical aspects of implementing the WIPO recommendations exists, and that notably, the implications FOR the UDRP, and that the staff has undertaken another consultation with the senior staff of WIPO with the purpose of seeking further advice on the findings of the joint working group, that the staff has posted the report of the joint working group as well as the advisory received from the WIPO for public comment.
It goes on to say whereas, staff is to undertake further analysis of the comments expected during the public comment period, the staff to undertake to consult the community members with the purpose of drawing up a report based on all these elements of the recommendation to be submitted to the public for comment, and that the board be informed of the results of these efforts including the appropriate recommendation at its meeting in Mar Del Plata in April 2005. I move that.
>>VINT CERF: Is there a second? Alejandro Pisanty seconds. Is there any further discussion to this resolution? Mouhamet.
>>MOUHAMET DIOP: Thank you, chairman. I think that why I feel really concerned about that resolution is we're just expecting to be helped op that side of a very sensitive issue where a lot of comments comes out from outside of ICANN about what responsibility we have to take about the naming and what kind of boundary we're going to put and the choice we're going to make of the name and not to hurt and take into consideration name and languages and cultural issues. And I think for me, we just state by voting this resolution that we enforce that we do not have a solution for it yet.
And the fact that we extend the analysis and try to find out something in April is a window for me to show that ICANN, we're going to try to take responsibility to find out a way to handle the issue related to the naming. Because it's not only under the TLD issue that we're going to face this problem, but even for the choice of the Top-Level Domain.
This document that we're expecting from the WIPO working group would be really useful for ICANN to move forward, but it's just some -- for me, the statement is we don't have, I mean, a strong support from outside our environment. We did not come out with a conclusion. We were not able to define together with other people who are concerned with namings and the intellectual property group.
So my concern is are we going to take the decision alone, I mean just about the naming? Is that something that can expose ICANN or not, or do we think it reasonable that if we move forward, just trying to look at and put some reference and wait for other comment from outside of ICANN, we can perform the task?
It's just some question that I raised myself, and to be honest, I don't have the answer. But I am really pleased to find out that if we can get something out by April 2005, this is going to give us, I mean, a better forecast for ICANN in terms of name expansion because we will know really where to put our feet, and to avoid criticism about this sensitive issue.
>>VINT CERF: Thank you, Mouhamet.
Paul.
>>PAUL TWOMEY: Thank you, chairman. I think at the moment the resolution doesn't have a seconder, does it?
>>VINT CERF: Yes, it does. Alex seconded.
>>PAUL TWOMEY: Alex. Sorry. I didn't know what stage we were. Perhaps I can move to discussion, just to pick up on Mouhamet's point.
I think certainly the staff and many people in the community are aware of the sensitivity of this issue. I think the purpose of this resolution is to see whether staff consultations with the full range of people in the community, and that's a broadly defined term of the community members, is able to find some space for middle ground and to see what is feasible.
In the spirit of a multistakeholder organization searching for that which is practical and pragmatic, I think we're trying to see if there's a space for middle ground. That's the purpose of the investigation, and we will report back if that's the case or otherwise by April.
>>VINT CERF: Thank you very much for that additional detail, Paul.
Mouhamet.
>>MOUHAMET DIOP: Thank you, Paul, and that's really my understanding. I just wonder, because it's a very short time, and I remember that this will have been handled by one of -- I mean, our more committed people inside ICANN.
What I'm wondering about is if from now to April, I just don't want to see the resolution that postpone the situation and we start in April dealing with the same issue.
I don't want to be a pessimist, but I understand that some middle ground need to be found for that issue.
But -- I don't know. It's just that....
It's not a pessimism, but it's just we've got so many thing to handle on the staff level, and these things even have been outside -- have been outsources in terms of study. And it's really a multistakeholder approach because whenever you touch cultural things -- if it is just technical, I think ICANN staff can handle is very easily without any problem, but this issue, I mean many side effort in terms of other stakeholders like UNESCO, who just care about all the cultural heritage worldwide. You have also the WIPO still involved, even if you did not come out with a working group something really coherent or something ICANN can deal with. But we cannot avoid continuing working with them, even if I know that it's really complicated and very hard to perform.
I just want to share that, because I'm not seeing the result coming out very easily by April. It's just something that I feel.
>>VINT CERF: Thank you, Mouhamet. Let me get mike and then Paul.
>>MICHAEL PALAGE: I'd like to echo Mouhamet's concerns about the complexity of this problem. As an attorney I have another viewpoint onto this particular thing.
Instead of being pessimistic, I would prefer to be optimistic in this situation, and I'm optimistic that staff is taking the time to investigate in trying to get it right. I would be pessimistic if we were to rush forward without doing our homework.
So I think taking the extra time to get it right is the right course of action.
>>VINT CERF:Thank you very much, Mike. Paul, you had another comment?
>>PAUL TWOMEY: I just wanted to reflect, I appreciate the concern that Mouhamet is raising about the general complexity of the general area as it relates to these set of terms and as it might relate to names and even for some of the other discussion. I would just remind the board that this resolution and action is another step under an existing board resolution, which is actually quite narrowly worded. Which that resolution of 03.83 was to form a joint working group for the purpose of analyzing the practical and technical aspects of implementing the WIPO recommendations, and notably the implications for the UDRP.
So the board has already passed a resolution focusing this issue upon receipt of the WIPO recommendations down to the issues of what are the practical aspects of implementing them, particularly as they relate to UDRP.
So the staff work and the consultation with the community between now and April will be around those issues, not the broader -- I very much appreciate Mouhamet's concern that this is a potential quagmire for effort. You can spend a lot of time in a quite complex series, but we are tasked to do quite a narrow investigation from the resolution of -- I think it was Montreal, wasn't it? Montreal.
>>VINT CERF: Thank you very much, Paul.
It is -- even the narrow task is obviously not easy, because you still need to seek some potential for consensus. In an area like this, consensus would be far preferable to arbitrary decisions.
I think, Mouhamet, the best that we can do is take the temperature of the problem in Mar Del Plata and see whether or not we've made enough progress to reach a conclusion.
If there are no other comments on this resolution, I'm going to call for a vote.
All those in favor, please raise your hand.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, 11.
Mr. Secretary, the board APPROVES the resolution to continue the effort on the WIPO II recommendations.
The next item on the agenda is required by bylaws report on the reconsideration committee activities for the year, and I'd like to call on Tricia Drakes to make that presentation.
This is not a board action, but it is a required report, and we need to hear it.
Tricia.
>>TRICIA DRAKES: Thank you very much, Vint. And I will keep it brief. The bylaws require an annual report to be produced by the reconsideration committee and tell us what needs to go in it.
We have to formally deliver it to the board, which we have Done and circulated around. And I hope that members of the community will read it when it gets posted onto the Web site, hopefully later today.
So I think I can leave it at that. Unless you would like me to say any further words.
>>VINT CERF: Well, if you happen to have some salient observations about the report, it would be kindly to mention them here. Perhaps a teaser for those who might want to look for more fully at the report when it's posted.
>>TRICIA DRAKES: Okay. It was just the look on your face when you said "you're not going to read it" that I thought perhaps I won't go through it.
Essentially the report goes through the number of the requests, the description of what has happened, how they have been considered. This year we've had three. One has related to posting of minutes, and it was a great pleasure to see this morning us getting almost up-to-date, and I'm sure it's going to continue for the future.
The second was the technical -- or the one from Danny younger we referred to yesterday, and the third is the request from network solutions, which we approved to go into the reconsideration process.
In terms of the processes, we reported on the improvement in terms of the Web presentation, because the first question I asked when I was appointed to chair the committee was can I have copies or can I automatically get copies of receipts. And staff said, well, if you want to read thousands of them every day, then you can do.
So I think we have been looking as well at some of the processes that are there.
>>VINT CERF: I'm sorry; could I just interrupt for a bit of clarification? The problem is that there was a particular mailbox that received reconsideration requests, but it also received many, many Spam messages.
>>TRICIA DRAKES:Right.
>>VINT CERF: And so this alternative is to have a web-based interface which can do a slightly better job of filtering out the Spam, because spammers are not as likely to create Web page entries as they are to simply generate e-mail. That's my understanding of that recommendation, anyway.
So please go on, Tricia.
>>TRICIA DRAKES: And just finally in terms of the committee, and we met yesterday morning, it really -- apart from the improvements in -- which are now happening on reporting, we're really not going to make any suggestions or changes from the way that the committee operates.
And finally, I'd like to thank colleagues on the reconsideration committee for their good work here.
Thank you.
>>VINT CERF: Thank you very much, Tricia. Are there any comments on Tricia's report that the board wishes to make?
It's nice to know that there were only three reconsideration requests made during the course of the year.
Well, my -- the next item, I was going to ask Alex to present but he seems to have disappeared, so I'm going to introduce this item, and I hope that he gets back in time to vote on it. As all of you know, we recently have engaged frank Fowlie as our ombudsman and that his responsibilities are to report directly to the board. It turns out that in order to properly handle his service as an employee of ICANN, but at the same time as an employee reporting not to the CEO but to the board, some modifications to the bylaws are needed, and these have been prepared by the staff.
The bylaw provisions simply make it possible for Frank to be compensated, for example, and to operate as he described earlier outside of Marina del Rey and still be able to be an effective member of the team.
So if you approve this resolution what it will do is authorize the president and the general counsel to post the proposed bylaw amendments to support the ombudsman position and the proposed ombudsman management principles. These would be posted for public comment and would be subject to review and finalization by the board at a future meeting. So the action here is merely to take the proposed bylaws and make them available to the public for their comments.
I don't have any other if you recall remarks to make with regard to this resolution, so I put it on the table and I ask for a second.
Tricia Drakes seconds.
Now, are there any other comments or considerations that the board wishes to make before it votes?
Okay. In that case, I will call for the vote. All those in favor, please raise your hand.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine -- we're voting, Mr. Vice-chairman. Ten. Mr. Palage, how do you vote? 11. Thank you.
Mr. Secretary, the vote is unanimous, and it's now time to post the ombudsman bylaw changes and other ombudsman management principles for public comment.
It's been pointed out that the chairman can't read and skipped over one of the actions, so let me go back and find it.
There it is.
Tricia, this was yours and I apologize. This has to do with the posting of core principles and corporate governance guidelines. And I'd like to ask Tricia to introduce this also for consideration.
>>TRICIA DRAKES: If I can introduce this, and perhaps it's easiest just to read it through, which is, whereas, the bottom-up, consensus-based policy formation process, interrelated constituency groups, and the global nature of the Internet community require that ICANN maintain and enforce a carefully crafted set of corporate governance principles in order to ensure the organization's reputation for independence and fairness.
And, WHEREAS, the Board Governance Committee has developed a document entitled "core principles and corporate governance guidelines."
Before reading the draft resolution, perhaps, chairman, and fellow Board Governance Committee members, I might like to just share with you some of the background and work into producing this very high-level document, which is now, I hope, going to be on the table for public comment.
This has been the first board term of the new board under ICANN 2.0, and working very closely with the president, staff, and in particular, Kurt Pritz, we found ourselves very much there with a new CEO, new senior staff, community in the beginning of the next stage of ICANN. And it felt very much like a team building exercise. And so with the help of a bit of guidance from -- you'll see when it's posted -- professional people like cowPers and others, we tried to cross this document to give to the community to help us build. And I hope actually it will move forward and do that.
So the resolution is that we request the president or instruct the president and general counsel that they're directed to post the Board Governance Committee core principles and corporate governance guidelines for public comment. Such comments to be taken into consideration in the finalization of the document to be undertaken by the Board Governance Committee in preparation for adoption of the principles by the full board at a later meeting. Thank you.
>>VINT CERF: That motion is on the table. Is there a second?
I see Hagen seconds. So did Ivan. I'm sorry; he got his hand up faster than you did. Is there any further discussion of this resolution? Mr. Twomey.
>>PAUL TWOMEY: Chairman, I would just like to put on the record appreciation of the staff, certainly Kurt and myself, for the leadership Tricia showed in developing this, and we found that -- I thought it was a paradigm shifting experience in terms of our thinking about corporate governance issues and development. So I just wanted to make that on the record.
>>VINT CERF: Thank you, Paul. I'm sure Tricia appreciates that, and certainly you speak for the rest of the board. This was not an easy task and one which I think is, as you will see when you read it, has come out quite well.
Are there any other comments.
Mouhamet.
>>MOUHAMET DIOP: I'm not an expert in that area, but I just want to raise some point.
It was really funny the way that ICANN populate its board committee, board members. And if we're taking some core principle for normal corporate guidance, we just shift from the normal paradigm because we elected most our board members from our constituencies. So we're in a self-industry process, and usually in board governance principle, people are trying to make as independent as possible the Board of Directors and the -- and the business that is in that area.
In the ICANN environment, it's something really specific, and I really compliment Paul and Tricia and the whole Board Governance Committee are trying to personalize this core principle into a very different environment, because people are populating from the constituency, so they are not independent, really, from the business because all the people you get around are from -- mostly from the private sector, so they are representing people from the business. And when they are elected to the board, it's very different than to count all the other board members are totally separate in terms of some way, some interest in the Internet business.
So there was a huge amount of work to try to handle and to balance this specificity that we find inside the ICANN community.
So thanks for that.
>>VINT CERF: Thank you, Mouhamet. That's actually a very insightful observation about the unusual and unique nature of ICANN.
Are there any comments on the resolution?
In that case, I'll call for the vote.
If you vote in favor of this, we will post the core principles and corporate governance guidelines for further comment.
All those in favor, please raise your hand. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, 11.
Thank you. Mr. Secretary, the vote is unanimous to publish the core principles and corporate governance guidelines.
Next on the agenda is the ombudsman -- I'm sorry; we did that already.
The next one has to do with the repopulation of the Security and Stability Advisory Committee. As you may know, the board is required to approve those appointments, so I'd like to ask Ivan Campos if he would introduce this motion.
>>IVAN MOURA CAMPOS: Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
This resolution -- through this resolution, ICANN acknowledges the following individuals for service to ICANN by membership on the Security and Stability Advisory Committee: Steve Bellovin, Rob Blokzijl, David Conrad, Jun Murai, Ken Silva, and Rick Wesson.
And it also resolves that the following individuals are appointed to the Security and Stability Advisory Committee: KC Claffy, ROdney Joffe, Jon Peterson, Mike St. Johns, and Suzanne Woolf.
As a third aspect, it also appoints Ray Plzak as vice-chair of the SSAC.
So I place this resolution on the table.
>>VINT CERF: Thank you very much, Ivan.
Veni seconds.
Is there any comment on this resolution? Steve Crocker.
>>STEPHEN CROCKER: As chair of the SSAC, let me thank the board for the motion and the support. Let me add that my personal thanks to all of the people who have served and all the people who are continuing to serve, and most particularly to all of the people who are about to serve.
Let me take note of something which is evident from reading the list of names.
The people that are being added have a very strong concentration in North America. That is not entirely desirable, but it's where we have found the best help, and our first concern is quality.
We continue to look for more people. We do not have a specific limitation on the number of members, and we do have sensitivity about geographic spread.
We're fortunate to have a number of members who are from other parts of the world, from Latin America, from Africa, from Asia-Pacific and so forth. So let me encourage the audience, the board, the rest of the ICANN community that if there are individuals who wish to serve and who are highly qualified in the area of security and stability with respect to the domain name system or the addressing system, please contact us, contact me personally, and we're always looking for more help.
>>VINT CERF:Thank you very much, Steve, and I'll take the opportunity to thank you personally as chairman of the SSAC, long serving.
It occurred to me with regard to the members about to be appointed that there is a Latin phrase that you might consider. (speaking Latin), which is we who are about to die, we salute you.
(Laughter.)
>>VINT CERF: So is there any other comment on this -- three, these three resolutions before we vote on them. I'll call for the vote, then. All those in favor, raise your hand. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, 11. It's unanimous.
Mr. Secretary, please relay to the outgoing members of the -- actually, I guess Steve can do this, but we will relay to the outgoing members our thanks for their work and to the new ones our appreciation for their ascension to the SSAC.
we now come to the part of the our typical board meetings that I happen to like the most, and although I try very hard to let other members of the board introduce various and sundry resolutions, I reserve the joy and privilege of reading thanks.
And so if you'll forgive me for indulging myself once more, I first want to mention that a board member -- let's see if he's here -- a former board member was -- appreciation was expressed for a former board member, Lyman Chapin.
But he wasn't physically present at the time; he was thousands of miles away on the end of a telephone.
And although I gather he probably heard some applause through the phone, we didn't get a chance to publicly acknowledge his service.
So I'm going to take this moment to re-read the appreciation, and I'm going to ask Lyman to join me on the stage briefly.
So let me start, whereas Lyman Chapin was named to serve the ICANN board by the Address Supporting Organization in October 2001 and concluded his service in May 2004; whereas Lyman served ICANN as a valuable member of the evolution and reform committee and the audit committee, and as chair of the conflicts and reconsideration committees;
Whereas Lyman carried out his duties as director with skill, panache, a warm sense of humor, and an unfailing sense of responsibility and adherence to principles;
Whereas ICANN benefited from his technical expertise and specific knowledge of Internet design and operation;
Therefore, the board of directors of ICANN resolves that Lyman Chapin has earned the respect and deep gratitude of the ICANN board and constituents for his long and faithful service; and.
That the board expresses its great gratitude to Lyman Chapin for his service to the board and the ICANN community and offers to him its wish for long and healthy life filled with satisfaction and success.
And I am very pleased to see that Lyman is with us working again on matters of interest to the Internet community.
Lyman, would you kindly join me on the stage.
It's not on -- hello.
There.
Okay.
So, Lyman, before the board of ICANN and the rest of the community is joining us here, and those who are out on the net, let me formally once again thank you for long service and appreciation.

(Applause.)
A small token of our appreciation
(Applause.)
>>LYMAN CHAPIN: I appreciate the opportunity to be here in person.
As Vint said, it's a delight for me to be back in front of ICANN on the -- as I said before, on the other side of the table.
Serving as a director was a very rewarding experience, and I hope that I was able to contribute something.
The directors who are currently sitting up here, I have a great appreciation for the amount of work it takes to do their job.
And so I heartily appreciate all the work that they are doing.
It's only when you have left the board and return to one of these meetings that you understand exactly the difference between the people who are working on the board and the people who have the opportunity to contribute in other ways but aren't required to sustain the same kind of schedule that board members are.
So, Vint and the rest of the board, I deeply appreciate the continuing work that you're doing and also appreciate the fact that you have once again entered a resolution of appreciation.
That's twice.
That's great.
Thank you.

(Applause.)
>>VINT CERF: Actually, as Lyman points out, that's the second time that resolution has been read.
I wonder if there's some kind of double jeopardy here that we have to watch out for.
The next item is another thank you.
And this time to Tricia Drakes.
Those of you who are following such things know that Tricia has served as a director of the board since June of 2003.
And I'm going to indulge myself again and read the rest of the resolution.
Whereas, Tricia Drakes was selected for the ICANN board by the nominating committee.
Her current term will end after the conclusion of ICANN's annual meeting in 2004.
Here we are.
Whereas, Tricia has served with unmatched energy, honor, and distinction as the chair of the reconsideration meeting and as a member of the board governance committee, executive committee, and finance committee;
Whereas as Tricia has brought tenacity, adherence to principles, and a profound sense of responsibility to the mission of ICANN;
Whereas the ICANN and its community has been shaped in countless ways by the tireless efforts of Tricia Drakes, most notably in her energy and enthusiasm to ensure ICANN's appropriate maturing;
Therefore, the board of directors of ICANN resolves that Tricia Drakes has earned the deep respect, gratitude, and admiration of the board and the ICANN community;
That Tricia has brought discipline and devotion to duty and service to the highest level with distinction during her term of service;
And that the board expresses on behalf of the ICANN community and itself its highest appreciation for Tricia Drakes' contributions and its wish for her future health, happiness, and continued participation in the Internet community.
I place this resolution on the table and ask that the board approve by acclamation.

(Applause.)
>>VINT CERF: Tricia, I want you to come out here.
I'm sorry that we don't have the same kind of elaborate ceremonies that Tricia herself is familiar with.
She is the former master of the worshipful company of information technologists in London.
It was the cleverly-named 100th -- what do we call these things -- livery company.
And, of course, 100 is also a binary number, for those of you who recognize such things.
So Tricia has been involved in extremely elaborate ceremonies with erMINE robes and other apparatus.
So I'm afraid we have a rather Spartan offering here.
We offer a small token of our appreciation and our undying thanks for all of your hard work.

(Applause.)
>>TRICIA DRAKES: Thank you, Vint, colleagues, staff, members of the community.
It's been a real pleasure to work, and a great honor, in this period.
I have to say a special thanks to my board colleagues and also staff, who -- I think I have qualities which are good and bad, having determination and persistence.
And in this period, I think with their cooperation and -- we have done that.
So there's -- it's been a really, really good time.
I think also in terms of the community and the bottoms-up process, it's been really important to get this new, not-so-new now, but board and staff and team to work to move forward.
So I thoroughly enjoyed it.
It's more than did he when you're approached to put a nomination forward to the nominating committee, they say, "It won't be too much work."
Board members actually work, but on board tasks.
And it is quite a lot of work.
Vint mentioned London and the U.K. And if I may, I'd just like to make a few comments on that.
One of the things that I wanted to achieve in this period was actually better relationships with Nominet and the U.K. And I think I'd really like to put a marker down to say with great pleasure that that seems to be moving in the right direction.
I thank Hagen, team member, in making that happening, and Paul Verhoef of staff.
And I am very, very much looking forward to I hope perhaps seeing U.K. being integrated into ccNSO.
And I'd also like to thank the leadership and board of nominate for their efforts, because it takes people to make things happen.
So thank you all, and thank you, Vint.
>>VINT CERF: Thank you very much, Tricia.

(Applause.)
>>VINT CERF: Now we have one more of these wonderful sad/sweet thank yous.
And that's to Ivan Campos.
As you know, that Ivan has served as director of the board from 2000 to 2004, including during the ICANN reform process.
Whereas, Ivan was elected to the ICANN board in the year 2000, at-large election, representing Latin America and the Caribbean, his current term will end at the conclusion of ICANN's annual meeting in 2004.
And that's this meeting.
Whereas, Ivan has served with unmatched energy, honor, and distinction as the chair of the finance committee, and as a member of the board governance committee and the meetings committee.
Whereas Ivan has brought tenacity, adherence to principles and a profound sense of responsibility to the mission of ICANN.
Whereas, the ICANN and its community has been shaped in countless ways by Ivan's tireless efforts, most notably in his energy, humor, and enthusiasm for the realistic maturation of ICANN and its processes.
Therefore, the board of directors resolves that Ivan Moura Campos has earned the deep respect, gratitude, and admiration of the board and the ICANN community;
That Ivan has brought discipline and devotion to duty and service to the highest level of distinction during his term of service.
And that the board expresses on behalf of the ICANN community and itself its highest appreciation for Ivan Moura Campos' contributions and its best wishes for his future health, happiness, and continued participation in the Internet community.
I place this resolution on the table and ask that the board acknowledge it by acclamation.

(Applause.)
>>VINT CERF: And now, Mr. Campos, if you'll join me.
Now, you know that in these formal resolutions, you can't really tell the true story.
So I have to tell you that Ivan has a strip of steel in the backbone here.
And every once in a while, it gets exercised.
And in the course of discussing all of the challenges associated with the WSIS process and the WGIG and the like, Ivan characterized this in very vivid terms kind of like the attack of GodZILLA and thought that we should really pay attention to this situation, because it wasn't a silly thing; it's a no-kidding issue.
So Ivan put some steel in the rest of us as well.
And we devoted resources, as you can tell, to dealing with that situation.
So, Ivan, let me thank you for long service and a great sense of humor.
>>IVAN MOURA CAMPOS: Thank you.

(Applause.)
>>IVAN MOURA CAMPOS: Thank you very much, Vint.
And thank you, all.
I'm not going to say much, because I may choke here.
And it was such a pleasure.
And I learned a lot and I made many great friends in the ICANN community, including on the board and previous members and staff, with whom I am very proud to say that I developed a very close relationship and friendship.
And before I leave, I am very pleased to comment that among the incoming members, there is my fellow Brazilian lady and friend for decades, VANDA.
And I tell you that in no more than two weeks, you will remember me as shy and meek.
So thank you, Vint.
Thank you, all.
(Laughter.)
>>VINT CERF: Vanda, I can hardly wait to see how this turns out.
And we're about to find out.
We are -- in fact have completed the work of this board.
We've gone through all of the actions and they've been duly taken.
So I will formally adjourn this meeting.
But don't get up out of the room yet, because we need to convene the new board.
So I'm going to ask that Ivan and Tricia please take their seats now in their new venue, and I would ask that Joichi Ito and Vanda please come take a seat up here on the stage.
And what we will do, this is a kind of organizational meeting of the new board.
And at the organizational meeting, it is our responsibility to elect officers and to populate the various committees that carry out the work of the board.
I'm also going to ask Hagen Hultzsch to serve as chairman pro tem of the newly-seated board and ask that he carry out the process for election of the board chairman.
So, Hagen, I turn this over to you.
>>HAGEN HULTZSCH: Thank you, Vint.
It is the mission of the board governance committee to recommend to the board the chairman of the board.
And the motion here is that Vint Cerf should be elected as chairman of the board to serve at the pleasure of the board and in accordance with the bylaws of the corporation and shall hold such office until resignation, removal, or other disqualification from service or until his successor shall be elected and qualified.
That is the motion.
Is there a second?
Veni seconds.
So I ask you for your vote.
Please raise your hand if you are in favor of that vote.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten -- 11.
Congratulations, Vint.
And I turn it over to you
(Applause.)
>>VINT CERF: Thank you very much, Hagen.
I thank my fellow board members.
I would point out to you that one of the reasons for disqualification for service is insanity.
And it's conceivable that I have just fulfilled that qualification, having accepted this election again.
My task as the chairman of the incoming board, then, is to also carry out the rest of the organizational actions.
So we now want to put into nomination the position of vice-chairman.
The board governance committee has recommended that Alejandro Pisanty be elected vice-chairman of the board.
And the resolution reads that Alejandro Pisanty is elected as vice-chairman of the board to serve at the pleasure of the board and in accordance with the bylaws of the corporation, and shall hold office until his resignation, removal, or other disqualification from service or until his successor shall be elected and qualified.
So I place this resolution on the table and I ask for a second.
I see Hualin Qian raised his hand.
If -- is there any discussion of this resolution?
All those in favor, please raise your hand.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten -- 11 -- whoops.
Let's do that one more time.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten -- 11.
Yes.
Okay.
Thank you.
That's unanimous.
And we now have continuing vice-chairman.
Alex, we thank you for your continued work.
Speaking of which, how would you like to introduce the next resolutions, since this is all of the board committee assignments, and as chairman of the board governance committee, it's all Alex's fault.

>>ALEJANDRO PISANTY: There is, of course, an overlapping time here between the time period the board is composed by the previous board members and the time it incorporates the new ones.
So I have to assure you that the board governance committee has made extensive consultations with both before arriving to this slate.
The board governance committee introduces the recommendation to the board of a slate of committee assignments for the board members based on the need to both -- on a balance between continuity of proven track record of service and the need to do some renewal that goes beyond just replacing -- the unimaginative way of doing this is, of course, replacing leaving board members with entering board members in all of their assignments.
But we did make a much more thorough analysis here.
There has been extensive and very intense discussion within the board as the bylaws require that all of this be made in previous consultation.
And the slate proposed is as follows: The resolution reads, resolved the membership of the following board committees be established to continue on the basis of the charters as presently in effect.
Audit committee, Raimundo Beca, Joichi Ito, Veni Markovski, and Njeri Rionge (Chair).
Board governance committee, Mouhamet Diop, Hagen Hultzsch, Thomas Niles, Alejandro Pisanty (Chair), and Vanda Scartezini.
Committee on conflicts of interest, Hagen Hultzsch (Chair), Michael Palage, Hualin Qian, Njeri Rionge, and Vanda Scartezini.
Executive committee, Hagen Hultzsch and Njeri Rionge, along with the Board Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and Paul Twomey, President of ICANN as an ex-officio member.
The finance committee, Raimundo Beca, Hagen Hultzsch (Chair), Joichi Ito, Thomas Niles, Michael Palage, and Alejandro Pisanty.
Meetings committee, Mouhamet Diop, Veni Markovski (Chair), Michael Palage, Hualin Qian, and Vanda Scartezini.
Reconsideration committee, Raimundo Beca, Mouhamet Diop, Joichi Ito, Veni Markovski, and Thomas Niles (Chair).
I would further --
>>VINT CERF: That's it.
Okay.
>>ALEJANDRO PISANTY: I would further comment that it's necessary to be thankful to Thomas Niles for having accepted some of these tasks, particularly, facing conflicting time and energy commitments.
But he has managed to put all this in order and comply with a request of the invitation this committee made to him.
So this is a motion, so moved.

>>VINT CERF: Is there a second?
Mike Palage seconds.
Are there any comments or other discussion on this resolution?
If you pass the resolution, we will populate the committees in accordance with the BGC's recommendations.
Seeing no further comments, I call for the vote.
All those in favor, please raise your hand.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, 11.
Mr. Secretary, we now populate the committees in accordance with the recommendations of the board governance committee of the previous board.
The next item on the agenda is the election of corporate officers.
As many of you know, it's a practice to reaffirm the corporate officers of the organization on an annual basis.
To keep things from being overly lengthy, let me simply summarize by saying that these five resolutions specifically will reconfirm Paul Twomey as the president and chief executive officer, John Jeffrey as the general counsel and secretary, Kurt Pritz as vice president for business operations, Paul Verhoef as vice president of policy development and support, and Diane Schroeder as chief financial officer.
So if you accept these recommendations, we will, in effect, reaffirm all of the current officers of ICANN.
I place this set of motions on the table and ask for a second.
Vanda seconds.
Is there any further discussion of this motion?

I'll call for the vote.
All those in favor, please raise your hand.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, 11, 12?
That doesn't make sense.
I'm miscounting.
This doesn't make sense.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, 11.
The minutes should show that the board is having trouble reading and counting.
Mr. Secretary, we have reaffirmed all of the officers of the corporation.
The second and third items -- or the last two items on this agenda once again consist of thanks.
And so I will indulge myself once more.
We would like to thank the scribes, sponsors, staff, and translators that served us so well during the course of this meeting.
The board extends its thanks to all sponsors of the meeting, including South African Airways, Uunet, Telekom Business, Broadband Solutions Technology, Afilias Global Registry Services, Neulevel/.biz, VeriSign, DeNIC, Posix, Public Interest Registry, Public Voice, Navigation Catalyst Systems, LogicBoxes.
We would also like to acknowledge the effort made by staff of the Cape Town international convention center to meet all of our many requests.
The board expresses its great appreciation to the ICANN staff present here in Cape Town; Laura Brewer and Teri Darrenougue, and the rest of the ICANN staff for their dedicated efforts in ensuring the smooth operation of the meeting.
Laura and TERI are the two people sitting down here in front making all those wonderful words come up on the screen.
The board would also like to express its great appreciation to Agence Intergouvernementale de la Francophonie -- I apologize for that -- Mouhamet, you and I are going to have to have a training session on my pronunciation -- and intif, particularly Pietro Sicuro, for providing the funding for the language translation at the Cape Town ICANN meeting.
We'd also like to thank the Bohle Conference and Language Services for providing language translation.
So I place this thank you on the table and ask the board approve this by acclamation.

(Applause.)
>>VINT CERF: And, finally, we would like to thank our local hosts.
Whereas ICANN has successfully completed its 2004 annual meeting in Cape Town;
Whereas the gracious and warm hospitality, splendid facilities, strong support, and close attention to fulfilling the needs of participants have all been truly magnificent, it is therefore resolved that the ICANN board expresses its deep appreciation and thanks on its own behalf and on behalf of all participants to the Cape Town organizing team, to our hosts, and to the department of communication for the republic of South Africa and the honorable Dr. Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri, minister for communications for the republic of South Africa, uniforum SA, and the South African domain name authority.
I place this resolution on the table and I ask that the board acknowledge by acclamation.

(Applause.)
>>VINT CERF: So, ladies and gentlemen, we have now come to the conclusion of the organizational board meeting.
I will adjourn it -- I'm sorry.
Is there -- Paul?
I will adjourn this meeting and invite all of you to participate in the Mar Del Plata event coming up in April of 2005.
I hope you'll take some time, if you have it, to visit in the Cape Town region and enjoy some of its pleasures, particularly the wine country in STElLEnBOSCH and surrounding areas.
I thank all of you for your patience and for your support and for your contributions during this long week of work.
I'm very, very pleased to see the progress that ICANN is making, and I'm also very conscious of the amount of work before us still to be done during 2005.
I'm sure all of you will place your contributions on the table to help us make that progress.
Meeting is adjourned.
See you all in Mar Del Plata.
(Applause.)
(9:44 a.m.)

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