Adopted FY20 Budget and Five-Year Operating Plan Update To Take Effect on 1 July 2019

LOS ANGELES – 4 June 2019 – The FY20 Budget and Five-Year Operating Plan Update was adopted by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Board on 3 May. As the ICANN's Empowered Community did not raise a petition to reject any of the approval decisions, the FY20 Operating Plan and Budget will take effect on 1 July 2019. Click here to view these documents.

Community participation in ICANN's planning process is a cornerstone of transparency and accountability to the global multistakeholder community. ICANN thanks all community members who contributed to this important process.

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.

Non-Contracted Party House (NCPH) Election Procedures for Board Seat #14

Open Date: 3 June 2019 Close Date: 24 June 2019
Originating Organization: Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO)
Categories/Tags: GNSO Operating Procedures
Brief Overview:

This public comment proceeding seeks input on the Non-Contracted Parties House's (NCPH) proposed election procedures for Seat #14 on the ICANN Board of Directors. Under Section 11.3(f)(ii) of the ICANN Bylaws, the NCPH has the responsibility of selecting a representative to fill Board Seat #14. The procedures were jointly developed by the Stakeholder Groups comprising the NCPH to address the Board Seat appointment process and for inclusion as an Annex to the GNSO Operating Procedures.

Link: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/ncph-election-procedures-seat-14-2019-06-03-en

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

    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.