Top Topics: I Sold CoinMena.com for $25,000; Are You on Target for a Great Year?…

George Hong, founder of @GUTA domain name brokerage shared a video on social media earlier, which featured an old interview with Lei Jun, the founder of one of China’s most successful companies, Xiaomi.

Dubbed the Chinese Steve Jobs, Lei Jun described the importance of domain names when it comes to considering a good brand name. During the interview, domain names are discussed several times.

Here...

Top Topics: I Sold CoinMena.com for $25,000; Are You on Target for a Great Year?...

Why I Decided to Write and Consult for Uni

Since starting to dabble in domain names in 2006, I have seen a lot of things in regards to domain names, auction services, domain brokerage, the industry itself and really everything in regards to domain names. It was a hobby.

Fast forward many years, and it’s now my profession.

Profession. What does that mean anyway? It means I make a living by providing my domain name consulting services to Uni and others. It’s all that I do. I focus on domain names and use my experiences, knowledge, and research to provide helpful services to companies. I live, breath and lose sleep over domain names!

When I launched my blog, DotWeekly.com, like many other publications, it’s a tough row to hoe. There are only so many advertising dollars within the industry, and the site, in general, made little money. I really love the domain name industry and domain names, so I simply continued on and provided the data for the greater good of the growing domain industry.

I see many problems and general improvements that would be great for the domain industry as a whole, buyers, and sellers. I have a great ambition to bring many of these improvements to the mainstream and working with Uni greatly helps this mission.

Houston, we have a problem! An anomaly. Something needs to be done about it.

Domain Sales!

The lifeblood of the domain industry. The drive that keeps domain name owners excited.

What’s the anomaly you may ask? Your options for selling your domain names! Hear me out, you may agree or disagree, but that’s okay.

The reality is, GoDaddy/Afternic and Sedo are currently your two mainstream options for selling domain names.  Both services have a high focus on their syndicated sales systems, Afternic DLS and SedoMLS. Both are similar to the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) in the real estate world. You list something for sale in one place; it is broadcasted on other third party websites (that are included).

The biggest problem with these systems in the domain industry? You’re forced to set a buy it now to be “included.” That’s not good. Large portfolios are a task to keep updated with pricing, what has been sold, not renewed, new additions, listed multiple places etc. It is a mess. (not to mention the push of automated appraisals, which is leading to many undersold assets due to the inaccuracy of the automated appraisals and customers trusting them as a good sales price)

If you think about how these MLS systems work in the domain world, they rely on somebody visiting a domain name registrar (it has to be one of the MLS/DLS registrars) and exactly type in your domain name. You have a slight chance of being displayed if somebody types something close or similar to your domain.

When was the last time you went to a domain registrar and typed a good/great domain to see if it was “available” to register? I know I haven’t for years. I visit the domain name directly to see what’s on it. Is it for sale? How is it used etc? I'm a realist and know that the common saying of "all the good ones are gone" is true. The vast amount of valuable domain names are registered and owned by somebody already.

MLS / DLS offering is not my thing. It is problematic. You’re forced to set a buy now, or you’re not included.

What you should want!

An experienced team to SELL your domains. Maximize your sale. Not only the best of the best domains, all of them. Educate, groom, share real-life information, experienced, understand the buyer, speak their language, be available when they inquire and much more. That’s what Uniregistry Brokerage does! They are hustlers. They have the experience. The drive. The grit. The experience. They do this all for free and only make money when you succeed with a sale.

The problem? Not many know about Uniregistry Brokerage.

Not anymore!

The reason I took on the task to consult and write for Uni is because I think Uniregistry Brokerage is the best overall option for domain owners. The system is unique, tested, and tuned but could be better. It will improve and we will be trying a lot of new things. Little things make significant differences, and that’s what I’m focused on. I’m an open, and honest person. I’ve always shared as much as I could and that will continue. I’m here on this earth to help people, and I will continue to do just that.

Use the Uni system to the fullest. List your domains for sale AND set name servers to resolve the Uni for sale landing page to capture the leads. Let the professional sales brokers do their thing. Let the system work! Don't settle for a "platform" to "sell" your domain names, choose a professional sales team and service to sell your domain names!

If you want to give your sales commissions away, you have every right to do that. If you want to pay for a service and still do all the work to sell your domain, you can do that. If you want to see what happens when someone earns their commission, I’d suggest you use Uniregistry Brokerage to its fullest. There is a reason why Uniregistry Brokerage has a median sale price of over $7,500 USD. That's median, not average. It is $3,500 USD per domain when you add in their BIN sales. The competitors do not share their median numbers. If they did, it would be MUCH lower than that. There is a reason they accomplished over $50 Million in domain name sales in 2018 with a smaller set of inventory. The Uniregistry Brokerage team are professional sellers, with a proven system that works.

So, why am I consulting and writing for Uni? I truly think that the current mainstream options to sell your domain names is NOT the best option you have. It's my job to make you aware of this and educate you on why this is. Maximizing your sale should always be your choice. You shouldn’t feel forced to do something to be included. If somebody wants to buy your domain name, 9 times out of 10 they will visit the domain name directly to see what’s on it. If you resolve the Uni for sale lander, that lead is going to be captured and you will have a motivated, experienced, professional sales team that is 100% working for you to maximize your profits. This isn’t being offered any place else, to the volume that Uni can handle.

I’m deeply passionate about the domain industry and I’m also deeply passionate about you learning from and trusting me. I’m here to voice my opinion. You dealing with back and forth offers using a platform, then having to pay that platform a commission isn’t the answer. If you’re not a sales professional, selling your domains on your own isn’t just time-consuming, it’s not your best option. Being forced to place a buy it now to be included isn’t the answer either. Having a professional sales team on your side that will handle every aspect of negotiations is the answer. That answer is Uniregistry Brokerage and I am hopeful that you will consider giving it a try. Create a free account today, list your domain names, set the name servers and see what happens.

ICANN67 Fellowship Application Round Now Open

LOS ANGELES – 18 July 2019 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is opening the application round for the ICANN Fellowship Program taking place at the ICANN67 Public Meeting from 7-12 March 2020 in Cancún, Mexico. The deadline to apply is 18 August 2019, 23:59 UTC. Successful candidates will be announced on 1 November 2019 on https://icann.org.

ICANN Fellowship Program

The Fellowship Program is open to all applicants interested in, or already engaged in, the various aspects of ICANN's work in policymaking, the operation of the Domain Name System, and the security and stability of the global Internet. The goal of the program is to help create a more diverse and a broader base of knowledgeable constituents who can engage in the ICANN multistakeholder process and become the new voices of experience in their regions and on the global stage.

Since its creation in 2007, the Fellowship Program has built a strong group of fellows who are actively participating in ICANN communities and in other Internet governance entities in the Internet ecosystem. Participation covers a range of activities:

  • Writing articles and blogs
  • Giving online or in-person public comments about bottom-up policymaking
  • Participating in Internet conferences and panel discussions
  • Joining working groups
  • Mentoring newcomers
  • Assisting our regional leaders
  • Becoming leaders themselves

More information

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.

DNS and the Internet of Things: Opportunities, Risks, and Challenges

The ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) has recently published SAC105, a report on the interplay between the Domain Name System (DNS) and the Internet of Things (IoT). Unlike typical SSAC publications, SAC105 does not provide particular recommendations to the ICANN Board, but instead is informative in nature and intends to trigger and facilitate dialogue in the broader ICANN community.

This is the first paper (that the SSAC is aware of) aimed at distilling the unique interactions between the DNS and the IoT and, as such, should be important to most members of the ICANN community. The paper frames the risks that the IoT presents to the DNS ecosystem, and strives to remove much of the confusion and angst around the IoT.

The paper asks some provocative questions, and the SSAC is looking for input from the community on what further work we should do in this space. Please read the document and send us your thoughts and feedback to ssac-staff@icann.org!

The IoT is an emerging Internet application that is widely expected to enhance our daily lives by seamlessly interacting with our physical environment through tens of billions of connected sensors and devices. These interactions make the IoT vastly different from traditional Internet applications, such as email and web browsing, because data exchange often takes place passively and without human involvement or awareness. IoT devices interact continuously with the DNS, relying on it for their operations and updates, as well as impacting the DNS in many different ways. It is vitally important that the DNS community understand the effects of IoT on the DNS, and that IoT manufacturers understand how the DNS is vital to a healthy IoT ecosystem.

SAC105 Key Findings: Opportunities, Risks, Challenges

The IoT represents an opportunity for the DNS, as IoT devices sense and act upon physical environments and will require new security, stability, and transparency requirements that the DNS can help fulfill. For example, DNSSEC can help ensure a connected door lock only communicates with its intended service and not a malicious one.

At the same time ,the IoT is a risk because it can cause stress on the DNS. Recent measurement studies show that IoT botnets can grow to hundreds of thousands of infected devices, such as light bulbs, cameras, and doorbells, and then launch large Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks against Internet infrastructure. IoT botnets are difficult to eradicate because devices may require device-specific cleanup procedures and often operate unattended.

SAC105 also examines various challenges to take advantage of the opportunities and address the risks. One challenge is to develop a library that makes DNSSEC validation and other DNS security facilities available for IoT software engineers. Another challenge is developing a shared system that enables different DNS operators to automatically and continuously share information on IoT botnets, allowing them to more quickly respond to those botnets and the DDoS attacks they generate.

We encourage you to learn more about the DNS and the IoT by watching the recent video interview with SSAC member Cristian Hesselman, the Chair of the SSAC IoT Work Party that produced the report. We also encourage you view the presentation on SAC105 given by SSAC member Jacques Latour at the ICANN65 Tech Day, and of course to read the full report.

SAC105 is an easy and approachable read for non-technical audiences, yet still covers many complex issues not covered in other reports on the IoT.

We look forward to your feedback!

Domain Sales Strong in First Half of 2019

The first half of 2019 has been great for domain sales with the rate of NameBio-reported sales up 28% and the average price up almost 17% compared to full year 2018. The sales rate is up in all three major legacy extensions .com, .net, and .org, although average prices are down in .net and almost unchanged in .org.

The rate of sales in .ai is strongly up. Several other country code extensions (such as .co and .de) continue to have high...

Domain Sales Strong in First Half of 2019

ICANN in the Middle East – A Glance at the Past Year

With ICANN's Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) coming to an end, now is a good time to reflect on our achievements and provide an overview of the future of our engagement strategy in the Middle East.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR

Community Regional Engagement Survey

In June 2019, the regional engagement survey was sent out, seeking feedback from the community on ICANN's regional engagement efforts during FY19.

  • 70% of the respondents found ICANN efforts either effective or extremely effective.
  • 74% of the respondents were either satisfied or extremely satisfied with ICANN's engagement efforts in the region.

Survey results can be found here [PDF, 737 KB].

Engagement Effectiveness
Satisfaction Levels

The 6th Middle East DNS Forum (February 2019)

For the first time, the Middle East DNS Forum (MEDNSF) was held in conjunction with another Internet-related event, Asia Pacific Top Level Domains 75 (APTLD75).

The initiative stemmed from the "Middle East DNS Forum 5-Year Assessment Survey", distributed to the regional community in May 2018. One of the key outcomes of this survey was to realize the suggestion to organize the Forum in conjunction with similar events in the region to add value and maximize attendance.

As customary, we distributed a survey to participants of the MEDNSF 2019 to get feedback on their experience. 79% of the respondents rated the Forum as either excellent or very good. Survey results can be found here [PDF, 547 KB].

MEDNSF 2019 Rating

The First GNSO Policy Development Process (PDP) Training in the Middle East

This day-long training, tailored for participants from the Middle East involved in ICANN's work, took place as a pre-event of the 6th Middle East DNS Forum. It aimed to help develop participants' skills to become better engaged in ICANN's Generic Name Supporting Organization (GNSO) Policy Development Process (PDP).

A follow-up survey was conducted to get feedback on the next steps and the training as a whole, and the support participants needed to become more involved in ICANN.

We have followed up on some of the PDP areas of interest and will continue to assess the training's impact to see if similar trainings are needed or demanded in the future.

ICANN Public Meetings: Readout Sessions

A first for the region, two face-to-face readout sessions were held in Istanbul, Turkey, and two webinars were organized for the wider Middle East community to share updates on the ICANN63 and ICANN64 outcomes.

Universal Acceptance (UA) Talks & Workshops:

UA has become an integral part of our engagement activities. We have coordinated with the Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG), and over a dozen talks and workshops on the topic were held across the Middle East through the regional UA Ambassador. Additionally, the Middle East Space at ICANN64 was dedicated to discussing UA, issuing a statement to ICANN on this subject. The ICANN organization has replied [PDF, 130 KB].

Engagement & Capacity Building Workshops

The following map highlights some of the events, meetings and capacity development activities held across the region.

Engagement & Capacity Building Workshops

What's Next?

The regional strategy working group has agreed to extend the current regional strategy term for one more year, concluding at the end of FY20. The decision was made following community consultations at ICANN63, based on information provided on the ICANN Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2021-2025. The community believes that aligning the next cycle of the regional strategy with the ICANN Strategic Plan would be the best way forward. During FY20, the regional community will begin planning for the regional strategy beyond FY20, and a new community-led working group will be put together to embark on this journey.

Lastly, I want to thank everyone, particularly members of the Middle East and Adjoining Countries Strategy Working Group (MEAC-SWG), for their tireless efforts and commitment to supporting our work. Without our regional community members, none of the above would have been possible.

If you have any questions or comments, or if you are interested in our regional work, please reach out to us at meac.swg@icann.org.

New Missed Connections: Part II

An updated list of incomplete domain transactions. Their loss is your gain. 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

A couple of weeks ago we released “Missed Connections”. This is a list of domains where an agreement was made between buyer and seller and the buyer did not pay. In my opinion, it has been a great success as we made three sales from the first list:

  • SodaFountains.com
  • Bootstrappers.com
  • PlantMedicine.com

Without further ado, here is our new list of great opportunities.
Remember, the rules are the same:

  1. These names have already been negotiated down to a comfortable price for the seller. The advertised prices are BIN.
  2. The seller is not obligated to sell at these prices if they do not want to for whatever reason.

If you are interested in purchasing one of the domains at the price stated below, either contact a Uniregistry Broker directly with your interest or visit the domain name directly, fill out the Uniregistry contact form, and mention this article and the price in the message box.

Domain Accepted Price
Gifthub.com $15,000
Laylo.com $7,000
Foredo.com $2,270
Gobierno.com $15,000
Yureka.com $40,000
Reze.com $15,000
Pard.com $15,000
Cybercar.com $5,000
Memoryvault.com $10,000
Theweekenders.com $2,000
Massagemontreal.com $2,500
Nashvilleroofing.com $3,000
Golddetectors.com $2,000
Functionhall.com $2,500
Vendingrepair.com $3,000
Micki.com $5,000
Housingtrends.com $5,000
Santorinivillas.com $5,580
Xaio.com $15,000
Germshield.com $6,000
Marblerestoration.com $2,000
Xstars.com $10,000
Informacion.com $70,000
Fashionfrance.com $5,000
Oasispro.com $5,000
Lugged.com $3,000
Peacefull.com $2,000
Melu.com $10,000
Copperscrap.com $2,500
Wiredforlove.com $2,000
Canadianjews.com $3,000
Lowestpricecars.com $3,000
Lyrs.com $5,000
Dfso.com $10,000
Windpay.com $6,000
Designerpaints.com $4,668
Maiming.com $45,000
Gdating.com $4,000
Customapparel.com $23,000
Gentlemanjim.com $4,000
Americandentalcare.com $15,000
Viib.com $10,000
Nashvillesiding.com $3,000
Clause.com $50,000
Fasteddy.com $5,000
Hydrosteam.com $5,000
Posterprint.com $6,000
Cerveau.com $10,000
Salecenter.com $4,000
Bkfc.com $45,000
Uppa.com $32,000
Kenny.com $85,000
Safee.com $6,500
Uvis.com $8,000
Peoplehelpingpeople.net $2,000
Nobakecookies.com $3,000
Thehumancondition.com $5,000
Sod.ca $4,000
Keosha.com $5,000
Stockauto.com $12,000
Coloradofence.com $4,000
Loogi.com $5,000
Salesdesk.com $26,000
Pavementlights.com $2,500
Ziemia.com $6,500
Hempdirect.com $30,000
Fatima.com $17,000
Lbo.com $110,000
Travcore.com $1,500
Sellyourhomes.com $5,000
Lisia.com $14,000
Guitartown.com $7,500
Uplrs.com $5,000
Buildabike.com $10,000
Separateways.com $3,000
Nirvana.ca $2,000
Idecide.com $8,000
Barbequecatering.com $3,500
Sandiegohometheaters.com / Portlandhometheater.com $7,500
Chapter11.com $25,000
Vritualshopping.com $10,000
Tilemurals.com $1,200
Ultracenter.com $3,500
Spiderbite.com $10,000
Greasyspoons.com $2,500
Lovelines.com $2,500
Fishsandwiches.com $1,500
Simpleway.com $30,000
Multie.com $5,000
Efds.com $10,000
Lighthousehomes.com $10,000
Barramundi.com $13,000
Countersource.com $3,000
Kumbayah.com $3,000
Joyriders.com $5,000
Efvs.com $4,000
Bloodx.com $4,000
Houstonalarm.com $2,500
Asciiart.com $2,500
Orcawhale.com $5,000
Starrock.com $5,000
Megapedia.com $2,500
Policesupplies.com $2,000



Until next time, folks.

Jeffrey M. Gabriel
@JeffreyMGabriel

Brandable domain name sales week 28: eBiz.com, Savu.com, Tempr.com

Liquid Web WW

Summer Break. We’ve entered a couple of months that are traditionally a bit slow for domain name sales. Nonetheless, last week was still bursting with activity and we’ve charted four brandable sales in the five-figure range. The top-grossing sales is that of eBiz.com which found a new home for a cool $20,000 via auction platform SnapNames.com

Here’s this weeks list:

Domain NamePriceWhere
Ebiz.com$20,000SnapNames
Omnibiotic.com$16,500Sedo
Savu.com$12,313Sedo
Voltix.com$11,276Sedo
BodyHacker.com$9,600GoDaddy
Roomorama.com$9,000NameJet
Timata.com$8,888Sedo
Tempr.com$8,800Sedo
Beautyall.com$8,500Sedo
Cisedu.com$7,500Sedo
Gurv.com$7,500Sedo
Butec.com$7,119Sedo
JustSpeak.com$7,000Sedo
MultiTap.com$7,000Sedo
Revol.com$6,900GoDaddy
FreshPortal.com$6,900Sedo
Apato.com$6,500Sedo
CozyCozy.com$6,500Sedo
GoTrademark.com$6,500Sedo
Tusuu.com$6,100GoDaddy

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:

  • Esfera.com
  • ClickStream.com
  • Aqwa.com
  • SalesCareer.com
  • DrGroup.com
  • BabyStation.com
  • SelectHome.com
  • SocialReview.com
  • SeoBusiness.com
  • LeadMail.com
  • Facelog.com
  • Patrona.com
  • CityDating.com
  • LeCasino.com
  • Hedg.com
  • LittleBuds.com
  • Bitnode.com
  • HouseHelper.com
  • TheSurf.com
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    Chair’s Blog: ICANN65 Meeting & Board Workshop

    Liquid Web WW

    Thank you to everyone who participated in ICANN65. This fourth Policy Forum was the second held in Africa and the third ICANN Public Meeting held in Marrakech, Morocco.

    ICANN65 served as a platform for cross-community dialogue on important issues and topics, such as the impact of the Phase 1 recommendations of the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on the Temporary Specification for generic Top-level Domain (gTLD) Registration Data; Universal Acceptance; policy aspects of DNS over HTTPS; DNS over Transport Layer Security (TLS); and the evolution of ICANN’s multistakeholder model.

    Board Workshop

    Just ahead of ICANN65, the Board held a three-day workshop in Marrakech. The workshop included a public Board meeting, a public update on the status of the Board’s FY19 priorities, and many sessions in preparation for the Policy Forum. The Board workshop followed the agenda outlined in my preview blog. During the public Board meeting, we passed several resolutions, including:

    I’d like to congratulate the community for coming together to develop the FY21–25 Strategic Plan. Over the next few months, significant work will be done to operationalize the Strategic Plan. ICANN org will further develop the 5-Year Operating and Financial Plan, and the work to evolve ICANN’s multistakeholder model will continue. I encourage you to participate in these discussions, and to contribute to the Public Comment on Draft Financial Assumptions & Projections and Operating Initiatives for the development of Fiscal Years 2021-2025 Operating & Financial Plan, which closes on 5 August 2019.

    Policy Forum

    During ICANN65, the Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees made great progress in their work, including:

    Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO)

    • The Study Group on Emoji as Second-Level Domains provided a briefing to the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) and broader communities.
    • The ccNSO Policy Development Process Working Group delivered a briefing on the retirement of ccTLDs.
    • The ccNSO IDN (Internationalized Domain Name) Preliminary Review Team (PRT) provided an update, focusing on the need to review recommended policy relating to the selection of IDN ccTLD strings.

    Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO)

    • The EPDP Team on the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data made significant progress on their work, including the development of a template to detail possible use cases for requestors of nonpublic gTLD registration data; meeting with ICANN org to discuss future engagement plans; and reviewing the Phase 2 project plan.
    • The new gTLD Subsequent Procedures PDP Working Group considered Public Comment submissions on the draft initial report and discussed areas of broad agreement emerging from the feedback.
    • The Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs) in All gTLDs PDP Working Group finalized the development of preliminary recommendations related to Sunrise and Trademark Claims RPMs.

    At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC)

    • The At-Large Review Implementation Working Group Interim Report 1 was submitted to the ICANN Board Organizational Effectiveness Committee (OEC) in early June and endorsed by the ALAC during ICANN65.
    • At-Large Consolidated Policy Working Group Co-Chair Jonathan Zuck moderated a workshop on the topic of Geographic Names.
    • Members of the African Regional At-Large Organization organized several activities, including hosting 35 university students from Rabat, Morocco.

    Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC)

    • The GAC issued the ICANN65 Marrakech Communiqué and provided follow-up advice to the ICANN Board regarding the .AMAZON applications, two-character country codes as second level domain names and WHOIS, and data protection. The communiqué also provided statements on issues of importance to GAC members, including international governmental organization (IGO) protections, WHOIS, and data protection.
    • The GAC also discussed new gTLD subsequent procedures, two-character country codes, IGO protections, Domain Name System (DNS) abuse mitigation, ICANN reviews, GAC working groups, and internal operational matters.

    Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC)

    • The RSSAC had seven work sessions throughout the week to advance its efforts and discuss various internal matters, including its input to the Public Comment proceeding on “Evolving the Governance of the Root Server System.”
    • The two ongoing work parties in the RSSAC Caucus, Modern Resolver Behavior, and Root Server System (RSS) Metrics, made progress on their work as well.

    Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC)

    • The SSAC held its regular Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) Workshop, which included presentations on DNSSEC signing adoption statistics, DANE for SMTP usage statistics, the DNS Transparency Project, SMTP Security Options, and a review of the recent KSK Roll.
    • The SSAC also gave a presentation at Tech Day. The topic was the recent SSAC report, “SAC105: The DNS and the Internet of Things: Opportunities, Risks, and Challenges.”

    Address Supporting Organization (ASO)

    • The ASO Address Council (ASO AC) did not convene at ICANN65, but several ASO AC members were present in Marrakech. The ASO conducts most of its policy development work on mailing lists and at Regional Internet Registry (RIR) meetings.

    Ethos Award

    This year, the selection panel of SO and AC representatives awarded Kurt Pritz the Multistakeholder Ethos Award for his dedication to ICANN's multistakeholder model and his ability to achieve consensus among groups with disparate views and priorities. Pritz recently chaired the EPDP working group mandated to resolve one of the most significant issues in the ICANN community, a replacement framework for WHOIS. Congratulations to Kurt!

    For more details on the workshop, including complete resolutions from the public Board meeting, please see the Board page. I appreciate your time, hard work, and ongoing commitment to ICANN. The next ICANN Board Workshop will take place in Los Angeles in mid-September, and I will share an update before and after that. We are already looking ahead to ICANN66, and I hope to see many of you in Montreal.

    Accountability and Transparency Review: Highlights from Marrakech and Share Your Views

    The third Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT3) had a productive five days at ICANN65 in Marrakech.

    Shortly before ICANN65 we shared our terms of reference and work plan with the Board and community. Achieving this milestone allowed us to use the meeting time to progress our data collection and analysis, socialize our scope and seek input from the community.

    To kick the week off, we had a face-to-face meeting to review our data collection and analysis to-date and map areas of interdependency within our work party objectives. Our team is also mindful of possible areas of overlap between our scope items and other efforts within ICANN. For example, the community conversation about how to evolve the multistakeholder model, and the Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability Work Stream 2 recommendations and implementation. We are following these works closely to gain useful insights and avoid unnecessary duplication where possible.

    We had several engagement sessions and interactions with various ICANN groups throughout the week. On behalf of our team, we'd like to thank everyone who took the time to meet with us during what is a hectic time for all. Your insights are critical in helping us to produce a report and recommendations that are fact-based, meaningful, and thorough.

    Upcoming Community Survey

    We hope to continue to gather information from the community in the coming weeks as we complete our data collection and draft our initial findings. We will publish a community survey to gain feedback on specific areas of focus identified in Marrakech and through our research to-date. Thank you in advance for openly sharing your views in the survey. Additionally, we are open to hearing your thoughts on accountability and transparency matters at any time as we continue our review. Your input is welcome to input-to-atrt3@icann.org, or please, feel free to talk with any of our team members directly.

    Our Timeline

    We are mandated by ICANN's Bylaws to complete our review within one year (i.e. by April 2020). We are on track to meet this target. Our next face-to-face meeting will be 20 – 22 October 2019 in Singapore. We plan to use the time to finalize our draft final report, which will be published for public comment ahead of ICANN66 in Montreal.

    Become an Observer

    All of our meetings are open and available for observers to join. Send a request to mssi-secretariat@icann.org to receive calendar invites to our meetings and to subscribe to our mailing list (read only).

    Background

    The Accountability and Transparency Review is mandated by ICANN's Bylaws (Article 4, Section 4.6) to review "ICANN's execution of its commitment to maintain and improve robust mechanisms for public input, accountability, and transparency so as to ensure that the outcomes of its decision-making reflect the public interest and are accountable to the Internet community."

    Learn more about the ATRT3 Review here.