ICANN and PTI Publish U.S. Tax Returns for Fiscal Year Ending 30 June 2018

LOS ANGELES – 31 May 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and its affiliate Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) published their U.S. tax returns for the fiscal year ending 30 June 2018.

Form 990 is the U.S. tax return for non-profit organizations exempt from income taxes under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code.

ICANN and PTI filed the IRS Form 990, the California CA-199 and CA RRF-1 returns with the appropriate government offices (the Internal Revenue Service "IRS" and California Franchise Tax Board "FTB") for the fiscal year ending 30 June 2018, on 14 May 2019, in compliance with the extended due date of 15 May 2019.

Additionally, ICANN filed for the first time a newly-required Form 990-T. This return applies to U.S. tax-exempt organizations due to new tax regulation in the U.S. effective January 1, 2018. For ICANN, certain parking facilities costs have become subject to taxation as a result of this new regulation.

All of these U.S. tax forms can be found at the following web pages where ICANN and PTI publish financial information.

ICANN's Financial Page

PTI's Financial Page

The publication of ICANN and PTI's financial information is part of an ongoing commitment to accountability and transparency. The community is invited to review these tax returns and send any questions to planning@icann.org.

About ICANN

ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

Evolving ICANN’s Multistakeholder Model: Continuing the Conversation and Preparing for ICANN65

Since ICANN64, the ICANN community has been engaged in conversations and contributing to the work on evolving ICANN's multistakeholder model. Most recently, more than 60 community members attended two webinars (14 May 2019, 15 May 2019), offering input on the issues that are hampering the effective and efficient functioning of ICANN's multistakeholder model.

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The Evolving ICANN's Multistakeholder Model Public Comment period be summarized. A proposed final Issues List will be presented at a 12 June 2019 webinar during ICANN Prep Week. If you have not submitted comments, I encourage you to do so before the 4 June 2019 deadline.

The Issues List will be vetted against ongoing, community-led work streams to ensure there is no duplication of work that is already underway. The final Issues List will reflect the opportunities that we have to make our governance model more effective and efficient and to create more proactive, flexible, and nimble decision-making processes.

During the Prep Week webinar, I will also present the outline of a work plan to identify the "owners" of the respective issues. That is to say, which group (community, org, or Board) will be responsible for developing a solution or new approach to an issue. This will include a deadline for proposing a solution, which must fall within the ICANN Strategic Plan's fiscal years 2021-2025. The responsible group will also be asked to identify the resources it will need to deliver the solution or new approach.

How to prepare for ICANN65

At ICANN65, we will hold a session focused on mapping the final Issues List to the work plan. The ICANN community, org, and Board should be thinking about their respective planning processes and what they will need to contribute to the work plan should they be assigned one or more issues. The work plan will be completed by ICANN66 and will become part of ICANN's Operating and Financial Plan.

Continue to check this site for updates on activities and the Evolving ICANN's Multistakeholder Model process. You can subscribe to the publicly archived email list here.

Uniregistry Announces Domain Liquidity

Uniregistry now facilitates the wholesale purchase of high quality domain names. Our process is a quick and well priced alternative for domain name sellers looking to easily cash out their existing portfolio. Interested parties are encouraged to send us their list of names via the application below. We will follow up with the contact information provided if your names qualify. Please click here if you have trouble accessing the form.

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ICANN Publishes a Revised Draft Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2021-2025

LOS ANGELES – 23 May 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today published the Revised Draft Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2021–2025.

View the Revised Draft Plan [PDF, 199 KB].

This Revised Draft Strategic Plan reflects comments received during a public consultation held between December 2018 and February 2019 on the Draft Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2021–2025, and at a public session held at ICANN64 in Kobe, Japan.

A summary of how comments were considered in the Revised Plan is available in a document that lists, sorted by contributor, comments received and ICANN organization's responses. The summary document can be found on the Strategic Plan Public Comments proceedings page.

The Public Comment process and session at ICANN64 yielded helpful and specific clarifications, but no fundamental substantive changes or feedback. Therefore, as a next step, the Revised Draft Plan will be presented to the ICANN Board in June 2019 for consideration and adoption. The affordability of this Strategic Plan will be considered as part of the Five-Year Operating and Financial Plan currently under development.

Strategic Planning at ICANN

Strategic planning is a fundamental part of ICANN's governance, mandated by the organization's Bylaws. The five-year strategic plan is a core element of ICANN's threefold planning process cycle, along with a five-year operating and financial plan, and the annual operating plan and budget. Strategic planning sets a direction toward a desired future and lays out the critical outcomes and specific accomplishments identified as necessary to successfully serve ICANN's mission and fulfill the vision.

About ICANN

ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

Get Ready for ICANN65 Prep Week

LOS ANGELES –23 May 2019– Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) released the schedule for ICANN65's Prep Week. The Prep week will feature eight webinars, including updates on several community-led projects. This initiative aims to streamline the pre-ICANN Public Meeting experience to enable more substantive conversations during sessions, increase awareness of cross-community and high-interest topics, and enhance briefings and readout sessions.

Register and submit any questions via this form by Friday, 7 June 2019.

All registered attendees will receive participation details days before the webinar dates.

Tuesday, 11 June
16:00 UTC | ICANN Org Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI) Update
23:00 UTC | ICANN65 Security Update

Wednesday, 12 June
16:00 UTC | ICANN Org Global Domains Division (GDD) – Community Briefing on Raising Awareness about Registrant Issues and Challenges
23:00 UTC | Update on Evolving ICANN's Multistakeholder Model of Governance

Thursday, 13 June
16:00 UTC | ICANN Org Policy Team: Policy Updates
23:00 UTC | Nominating Committee Review Implementation Working Group Update

Monday, 17 June
16:00 UTC | ICANN Org FY21-25 Operating & Financial Plan and Open Data Program Updates
21:00 UTC | Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Policy Update

The webinars will run in English; however the Policy Team's Policy Update webinar will run in both English and French. Recordings and materials will be posted here. Materials from Policy Team's Policy Update will also be available in French.

About ICANN

ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

Evolving the Governance of the Root Server System

Today, ICANN org is launching a Public Comment proceeding on evolving the governance of the Root Server System (RSS). We invite the ICANN community to participate in this important work.

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Following the IANA stewardship transition, the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) developed an initial framework to evolve the governance of the RSS. Supporting the evolution of RSS governance contributes to ICANN's commitment to strengthen the security, stability, and resiliency of the Domain Name System (DNS). It also enables direct interaction between the ICANN community and Root Server Operators (RSOs). Furthermore, it ensures that global root service remains accountable and sustainable into the future.

After three years of extensive RSSAC work, the RSSAC published "RSSAC037: A Proposed Governance Model for the DNS Root Server System" (RSSAC037) in June 2018. The RSSAC concurrently published "RSSAC038: RSSAC Advisory on a Proposed Governance Model for the Root Server System" (RSSAC038), making three recommendations for next steps to the ICANN Board.

As part of the ICANN Board's consideration of RSSAC037 and RSSAC038, ICANN org prepared a "Concept Paper on a Community-Driven Process to Develop a Final Model Based on RSSAC037". The Concept Paper proposes a governance model based on RSSAC037 as well as a community-driven process to develop a final governance model for the RSS in response to a recommendation from RSSAC038.

RSSAC037 and RSSAC038 address outstanding and unanswered questions around DNS root service accountability, financial stability, and sustainability. The ICANN Board and ICANN org appreciate the significant work of the RSSAC and the important role and continued commitment of the RSOs.

We recognize that not every community group is familiar with the RSS, RSOs, and global root service. The Public Comment proceeding provides additional RSSAC publications as resources for context and background.

The RSSAC, ICANN Board, and ICANN org look forward to your input.

Brandable domain name sales week 19 & 20: Medidata.com, Thiink.com, Yona.com

I wasn’t able to find the time last week to pull together a list so we have two weeks of sales data for you in this post. And what a list it is! Almost the entire list consists of five-figure sales. To say the market for brandable domain names is hot is an understatement. The mega sale of Medidata.com for $600,000 tops this weeks list and is also the highest brandable sale to make it to the list so far this year. George Kirikos uncovered the sale while examining an SEC filing (page 14) made by the buyer, public company Medidata Solutions, a provider of software solutions for clinical research in life sciences.

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Another notable sale that left some people scratching their heads was that of Thiink.com which sold for a cool $50,000. Keith deBoer has written a lot about the double letter trend, with the first article dating back to 2016

Here’s this weeks list:

Domain NamePriceWhere
Medidata.com$600,000Pvt Sale
Thiink.com$50,000Pvt Sale
Atiko.com$27,000DomainMarket
CinemaNow.com$23,500GoDaddy
OneBank.com$17,856NameJet
RedCircle.com$17,000Sedo
Smartick.com$15,856NameJet
Nuuday.com$15,000Sedo
Yona.com$13,688NameJet
Twitaholic.com$12,750GoDaddy
ModernAnimal.com$12,320Sedo
Centure.com$12,000Sedo
Rezy.com$10,500NameJet
VitaTech.com$10,110NameJet
ChoosePower.com$10,000Sedo
MyMontage.com$10,000Sedo
NetDesk.com$10,000Sedo
YouGrow.com$10,000Sedo
CoinXchange.com$9,900Sedo
BodyShapers.com$8,020NameJet

Please do keep in mind that these are the highest sales that have been reported at NameBio et al. This list is meant to help give you insights and is nowhere near complete as many sales are kept private and many major marketplaces do not report their sales. Some domain name sales might not have been paid for yet.

Meanwhile, here are some domains at auction that we like:

At NameJet:

At GoDaddy:

  • ToughGuy.com
  • DealsToday.com
  • GlobalAffairs.com
  • BitcoinCafe.com
  • WeMobile.com
  • AppKit.com
  • ServerStatus.com
  • EliteDecor.com
  • RoyalHighness.com
  • VipCall.com
  • PlayerPlus.com
  • Flyster.com
  • GoldenVentures.com
  • MrShoes.com
  • WeBark.com
  • Othy.com
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    Call for Volunteers: Implementation Review Team for Registration Data Policy Implementation

    Los Angeles – 20 May 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is seeking volunteers to participate in an Implementation Review Team (IRT) to assist in the implementation of the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) Team's Phase 1 policy recommendations.

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    The IRT will:

    • Review the proposed implementation plan as drafted by ICANN org for consistency with the recommendations from the EPDP Team.
    • Assist where questions or clarifications from ICANN org are needed.
    • Advise on technical and operational details related to the implementation of the EPDP recommendations.

    For this IRT, ICANN org is seeking volunteers, including current or former EPDP Team members that participated in the Team's Phase 1 work, who possess a deep understanding of the EPDP Team's policy recommendations and accompanying rationale. In addition, registry and registrar representatives responsible for implementing the policy requirements in relevant domain registration processes are encouraged to participate. All volunteers responding to this call are expected to understand the role and remit of the IRT for the implementation project.

    The Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council approved an EPDP Team recommendation to informally convene the IRT and allow for the necessary planning to take place before the ICANN Board considered the EPDP Team's Final Report. This pre-IRT was assembled in April 2019 and has assisted with the implementation of the Interim Registration Data Policy. All members of the pre-IRT will transition to the IRT. Additional members are invited to join the IRT going forward. For more details on the EPDP Recommendations and timeline, please go here: (See EPDP Team Recommendation 28.)

    The work of the IRT is estimated to last until early 2020. The group is expected to meet via teleconference every two weeks starting in May 2019 for one hour each, with scheduling to be adjusted by the group as needed. Between the meetings, the IRT will work using collaborative tools. The expected time commitment for supporting the implementation is approximately three hours per week.

    How to apply

    To participate, please send an email to gnso-secs@icann.org.

    Background

    On 17 May 2018, the ICANN Board of Directors (ICANN Board) adopted the Temporary Specification for generic top-level domain (gTLD) Registration Data (Temporary Specification) pursuant to the procedures for the establishment of temporary policies in ICANN's agreements with registry operators and registrars. The Temporary Specification provides modifications to existing requirements in the Registrar Accreditation and Registry Agreements in order to comply with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Following the adoption of a temporary specification, the procedure for Temporary Policies as outlined in the Registrar Accreditation and Registry Agreements provides the Board "shall immediately implement the Consensus Policy development process set forth in ICANN's Bylaws." Additionally, the procedure provides this Consensus Policy development process on the Temporary Specification must be carried out within a one-year period as the Temporary Specification can only remain in force for up to one year; from the effective date of 25 May 2018, i.e., the Temporary Specification will expire on 20 May 2019.

    On 19 July 2018, the GNSO Council initiated an EPDP and chartered the EPDP on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data Team. Unlike other GNSO Policy Development Process (PDP) efforts, which are open for anyone to join, the GNSO Council chose to limit the membership composition of this EPDP, primarily in recognition of the need to complete the work in a relatively short timeframe and to resource the effort responsibly. GNSO Stakeholder Groups, the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO), the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC), the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC), and the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) were each invited to appoint a set number of members and alternates, as outlined in the charter. In addition, the ICANN Board and ICANN org were invited to assign a limited number of liaisons to this effort. A call for volunteers to the aforementioned groups was issued in July 2018 and the EPDP Team held its first meeting on 1 August 2018.

    On 4 March 2019, the GNSO Council adopted the EPDP Team's Phase 1 Final Report and submitted it to the Board for their consideration. The Board has conducted a Public Comment and passed a resolution on 15 May 2019 to authorize the implementation of the recommendations.

    About ICANN

    ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

    Chair’s Blog: Wrapping up the Istanbul Workshop

    In this blog, I share some of the more significant discussions from the ICANN Board workshop, which was held earlier this month in Istanbul, Turkey, as well as a summary of the key resolutions passed during the public Board meeting in Istanbul. I will also update you on three Board actions we have taken since the workshop.

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    Istanbul Workshop
    We followed the agenda which was detailed in my preview blog, with one exception.

    The open Board session regarding approval of the IDN v4 Guidelines that was planned for 2 May 2019 was postponed so that the Board can review and consider a request received by the GNSO Council on 30 April 2019 to review the policy implications prior to a decision being made. A new date and time for the IDN v4 Guidelines discussion will be announced.

    Community Reception
    While in Istanbul, we also had the pleasure of attending a reception with more than 40 community members.

    RSSAC37 & RSSAC38
    During the Istanbul workshop, the Board continued our discussions on the Root Server System Advisory Committee's proposal for a DNS Root Server System (RSSAC037) governance model and recommendations for next steps on the Proposed Governance Model for the Root Server System (RSSAC038). As part of the ICANN Board’s consideration of RSSAC037 and RSSAC038, ICANN org, working with the Board Technical Committee, prepared a “Concept Paper on a Community-Driven Process to Develop a Final Model Based on RSSAC037” that outlines a community-driven process to finalize a cooperation and governance model for the Root Server System, based on the recommendations in RSSAC037. This effort will be led by the Root Server System Governance Working Group (GWG), to be composed of nine invited representatives, including two from the Registry Stakeholder Group. As a next step in this evolution process, the Board directed ICANN org to publish RSSAC037, the Concept Paper, draft charter and draft GWG documents for Public Comment.

    FY20 Operating Plan & Budget
    The Board adopted the FY20 Operating Plan & Budget after conducting a final review of the public comments.

    FY21 – FY25 Operating and Financial Plan
    The Board reviewed the framework document for the Operating and Financial Plan for Fiscal Years 2021-2025. This document will be posted for Public Comment at the beginning of June, and following this, the framework will be developed into a comprehensive draft plan that will be posted for a second Public Comment period by December 2019. A detailed Operating Plan & Budget for the first year of the plan (i.e. Fiscal Year 2021) will also be posted for Public Comment in December 2019 so that the community can review the two documents together, and within the context of the Strategic Plan.

    Strengthening ICANN's Multistakeholder Model of Governance
    The Board received an update on the progress made in developing a Governance Plan to improve both the efficiency and effectiveness of our multistakeholder model. We appreciate the participation of the SO/AC leadership thus far, and want to encourage everyone to participate in the open public comment on this topic, which closes 4 June 2019.

    Board Resolutions
    On 3 May 2019, we held a public Board meeting and passed several resolutions, including:

    Board Actions since the Istanbul Workshop
    On 15 May, we held a Board meeting and passed the following three resolutions:

    1- Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data
    During the Istanbul workshop, the Board had an extensive discussion of the recommendations presented by the EPDP team. On 15 May, following the workshop, the ICANN Board adopted all the recommendations, apart from portions of two recommendations.

    The Board action is in the best interests of ICANN and the community and will serve the global public interest by allowing ICANN and gTLD registry operators and registrars to continue to comply with existing ICANN contractual requirements and community-developed policies concerning gTLD registration data (including WHOIS) in light of the GDPR. More detail is available in the Board Resolution and the accompanying Rationale and scorecard. The Board has adopted twenty-seven of the twenty-nine recommendations in the Final Report. The Board did not adopt two of the recommendations in full, where the Board has identified that portions of those recommendations are not in the best interests of the ICANN Community or ICANN and is initiating the consultation process between the Board and the GNSO Council. This concerns recommendation #1, purpose 2 and recommendation #12, deletion of data in the Organization field.

    The Board is grateful for the efforts of the EPDP Team and the GNSO Council. We are aware that significant work still remains, both in the context of the implementation of these recommendations as well as phase 2, and look forward to a successful conclusion.

    2- .AMAZON
    In Istanbul, the Board reviewed the history of the .AMAZON applications, from the development of the Applicant Guidebook to the present state of discussions with ACTO member states and the Amazon corporation. The Board had a discussion about whether it needed any additional inputs or information prior to taking a decision on the .AMAZON applications in line with the 10 March 2019 resolution, and agreed that it would be ready to move forward to a decision on the .AMAZON applications in light of the Amazon corporation’s 17 April 2019 proposal.

    On 15 May 2019, the ICANN Board took action in accordance with the process established in the resolution adopted on 10 March 2019 and in recognition of all input received, directing ICANN org to continue processing the .AMAZON applications toward delegation.

    The Board has taken this action in accordance with the process established in the resolution adopted on 10 March 2019, and in recognition of all input received relating to the applications. The Board recognizes the need to balance the concerns of all those involved, and to act fairly and transparently.

    The Board is also cognizant that seven years has passed since the .AMAZON applications were originally submitted. And, since the Amazon corporation prevailed in its Independent Review Process against ICANN in July 2017, the ICANN Board and org have engaged with the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO), and the Amazon corporation to find a mutually acceptable solution, as evidenced by the many meetings, proposals, and letters received on the topic over the past few years.

    The Board believed that its March 2019 resolution, allowing a further short period of time before the Board made a final decision about whether to move toward delegation of the .AMAZON applications, was appropriate and in line with requests by ACTO member states. The Board remained hopeful that additional time could lead to a mutually acceptable solution regarding those applications. However, the ACTO and the Amazon corporation were unable to come to a mutually acceptable solution or agree on an extension of time for continued discussions.

    The next step in the process is to publish the Public Interest Commitments (PICs), as proposed by the Amazon corporation, for a 30-day public comment period, per the established procedures of the New gTLD program.

    3- Consideration of GAC Advice: Kobe Communiqué
    The Board passed a resolution approving a scorecard that includes the Board’s response to the GAC advice contained in the Kobe GAC Communiqué. The Board took action on all items in the Kobe Communiqué, including the items related to WHOIS and data protection legislation and the ICANN Board’s Consideration of the CCT Review Recommendations. The Board also took action on one item from the San Juan Communiqué which was previously deferred.

    For more details about the Board Meetings and a complete list of resolutions passed, please see the Board Page. Preliminary Reports and Minutes of all ICANN Board Meetings are available here.

    The Board will hold its next workshop from June 21-23, in Marrakech, Morocco, ahead of ICANN65.

    Introducing the Uni Blog

    To our customers and friends: 

    It is with great pleasure that I announce the launch of the Uni Blog.

    As the head of the Uniregistry Brokerage, I pledged that 2019 would be our Year of the Customer. The Uniregistry Blog is one of many actions we’re taking to communicate better with our valued customers.

    We will be covering a variety of topics this year, including but not limited to: 

    • New product releases
    • Sales data and success stories
    • Best practices
    • Industry news and trends
    • Tips and tricks of the trade
    • And much more…

    Along with me, our brokerage, and CEO Frank Schilling, we are building a top-notch editorial team from within the industry to make the Uni Blog an enriching, insightful look into the domain name sales industry and everything that comes with it.

    I would also like to introduce our 3 newest content contributors:

    Jamie Zoch - Jamie has been involved in the domain industry since 2006 and is the founder of DotWeekly.com. Jamie is very passionate about domain names, the domain industry and the people involved.

    Alvin Brown - Alvin has nearly 20 years of experience in search marketing, software engineering, and integrated digital strategy. He is also a Domain Investor, Digital Strategist, and Publisher of KickstartCommerce.com and DNAdverts.com - resources dedicated to sharing domain name strategies and best practices to grow business.

    Alan Crowe - Alan brings 30 years of sales experience, 10 years of domain brokerage experience, and 6 years with Uniregistry. His most notable sale to date is Ring.com.

    If you are interested in writing for us, please email media@uniregistry.com for more information.

    Thank you, everyone, for choosing Uniregistry for your domain name needs.  

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    Head of Brokerage and Sales