ICANN Pays Over $2 Million Dollars For Its Directors + CEO Fadi Gets Almost $1.4 Million

ICANN published its compensation paid to or on behalf of 23 people who servered on its Board of Directors ending June 30, 2014. In all 23 people received over $2,000,000 combined in "any payments made by ICANN to Directors (including reimbursements of expenses).” "This table represents reimbursements and compensation paid directly to Board Members, payments made to third party vendors such … [Read more...]

Breaking: Report Says ICANN Is “Postponing” Meeting in Marrakech in February

According to a report in Moroccoworldnews.com, The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has decided to postpone its 52nd meeting scheduled to take place in Marrakech from February 8-12. "ICANN is an international entity that coordinates the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions, which are key technical services critical to the continued operations of the … [Read more...]

The 100 People Who Will Shape The Future of The Internet

Kieren McCarthy wrote a piece on TheRegister.co.uk about the 100 people who will shape the future of the Internet. The article takes a look at the Cross Community Working Group who will set out to propose the right transition plan for IANA. From the article: Unfortunately, despite having had nearly 14 years to think about it, the process for deciding how to move the global internet and its … [Read more...]

Reforms Needed Before U.S. Hands Over Control of ICANN

Senator Mark Warner (D-Va) wrote a piece on Information Week that discusses the reforms that need to be addressed before the keys to ICANN are handed over. He touches upon things like, Who will hold ICANN accountable, transparency with the public and the sanctity of the DNS. From the article: The FCC recently received more than 3.7 million comments on its proposed rules to govern how … [Read more...]

Here is the GAC Communiqué From ICANN 51 Los Angeles

The Governmental Advisory Council to ICANN (GAC)  released its Communiqué concluding its activity from the ICANN 51 conference that was held this week in  Los Angeles, CA. Here are the highlights: Transition of US Stewardship of IANA and Strengthening ICANN Accountability The GAC met with members of the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) and was briefed on the … [Read more...]

ICANN Updates Agreement With PowerAuctions for Indirect New gTLD Contention Sets & Pays $120K More

ICANN announced tonight that it was updating its agreement with Power Auctions LLC, the company ICANN contracted with to operate auctions of Last Resort for new gTLD's that received more than one application and were not able to settle the contention amongst themselves. ICANN announced today that it has Updated its agreement today with Power Auctions to provide for Indirect Contention Sets for … [Read more...]

ICANN: Looks Like 2nd Round Of New gTLD Won’t Open For At Least 4 Years

ICANN released tonight a 27 page report entitled the "New gTLD Program Reviews and Assessments Draft Work Plan" (Draft Work Plan) which lays out the work required prior to initiating a subsequent application period for the New gTLD Program, taking into account the assessments anticipated in development of the Program." "As of this writing, 404 new gTLDs have been delegated. A total of 1,168 … [Read more...]