[Auctionproceeds] Update on the auctions proceeds working group

Stephanie Perrin stephanie.perrin at mail.utoronto.ca
Fri Aug 25 20:59:55 EEST 2017

Glad to hear you share my views Poncelet.  Apparently this was a request 
from the Board, so perhaps not to be taken lightly.  However, they have 
not made a strong case for it. We hear that the reserve fund, which is 
supposed to cover operating expenses for a year, namely 140 million, now 
sits at 30 million, because of the extraordinary expenses associated 
with the IANA transition. This may be true, in which case there should 
have been a bit of an austerity campaign this year to cut expenses and 
replenish the reserve.

I have of course joked that ICANN may have to dip into the auction funds 
to cover its fines under the new General Data Protection REgulation when 
it kicks in in May 2018....heh heh.  Nobody laughs at my jokes.


On 2017-08-25 12:12, Poncelet Ileleji wrote:
> Hello Stephanie,
> +1, I definitely share your sentiments on this issue and do feel 
> strongly about it too.  It definitely seems to have a look alike or 
> wannabe feeling of ā€¯Slush Fund" type, except there is any validity to 
> support its not.  I hope your other colleagues in the group disapprove 
> of this; however it won't go away easily as rightly said.  I will like 
> to know your thoughts and your own suggested recommendations that you 
> think the ICANN board should consider.
> Thanks again for sharing.
> Kind Regards
> Poncelet
> On 25 August 2017 at 15:44, Stephanie Perrin 
> <stephanie.perrin at mail.utoronto.ca 
> <mailto:stephanie.perrin at mail.utoronto.ca>> wrote:
>     Hi folks,
>     At the Johannesburg meeting, we decided that there was enough
>     interest among our members that we should start a little ad hoc
>     working group to discuss the work of the auction proceeds group,
>     on which I am a named member.  Anyone who wants to follow the work
>     can do so, the website at ICANN is here:
>     https://community.icann.org/display/CWGONGAP/CCWG+Background+Information
>     <https://community.icann.org/display/CWGONGAP/CCWG+Background+Information>.
>     Non-participatory members are welcome to sign up to the mailing list
>     https://mm.icann.org/mailman/listinfo/ntfy-ccwg-auctionproceeds
>     <https://mm.icann.org/mailman/listinfo/ntfy-ccwg-auctionproceeds>,
>     and you can of course always listen in to the meetings every other
>     Thursday at 14:00 UTC.  I attach the information from the last
>     call, and I am going to start forwarding the summary of each
>     meeting and the reminders to this list.  SHould anyone on the NCSG
>     list wish to join the ad hoc group, please contact Rafik Dammak,
>     in cc.
>     Progress in the working group is slow.  Remember, this group is
>     not dispensing the money (roughly 234 million USD at this point),
>     we are tasked with coming up with a framework we can recommend to
>     the Board.   At the moment, we have spent two meetings debating
>     whether or not ICANN should be able to replenish the reserve fund
>     by taking some of the auction funds (estimates vary between 50 and
>     80 million dollars as a proposed figure.  I am not sympathetic to
>     that request, I think it is a bad and unethical accounting
>     practice to treat these funds as a kind of slush fund.  I voted
>     against it in a doodle poll held a week or so ago, but the issue
>     is certainly not dead yet, so please if you disagree let me know.
>     Happy to answer any questions you might have.
>     Stephanie Perrin
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