[Ccwg-auctionproceeds] Jonathan Robinson - GNSO Appointed Co-Chair to CWG Auctions

Jonathan Robinson jrobinson at afilias.info
Thu Feb 9 10:14:42 UTC 2017

Thank-you James,


Indeed, I will try to stay involved.




From: James Gannon [mailto:james at cyberinvasion.net] 
Sent: 09 February 2017 09:51
To: jrobinson at afilias.info; ccwg-auctionproceeds at icann.org
Subject: Re: [Ccwg-auctionproceeds] Jonathan Robinson - GNSO Appointed Co-Chair to CWG Auctions




Its very unfortunate, but understandable, that you have taken these steps. I don’t think anyone would question your impartiality or ability to separate the two situations but if you feel that there may be a perception out there then it was undoubtedly the best course of action.


I hope that you will stay as a member or participant of the group as I think you will be a very valuable contributor to the work of the CCWG and it would be even greater a loss to not have you around.





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Subject: [Ccwg-auctionproceeds] Jonathan Robinson - GNSO Appointed Co-Chair to CWG Auctions




Please note that I have written to the GNSO Council asking that I be replaced as the GNSO Appointed Co-Chair to this group – the Cross-Community Working Group on new gTLD Auction Proceeds (CWG Auctions).


In this context, I would like to remind you of the following:


1.      The net proceeds arising from ICANN’s new gTLD auctions now total in excess of US$230m. 

2.      In excess of US$130m of that US$230m is derived from the auction of .web, a TLD for which Afilias plc was an applicant and eventual ICANN auction participant.
Moreover, Afilias is clearly on record as disputing the outcome of the ICANN auction for .web.


The charter drafting team for the CWG Auctions placed particular emphasis on the issue of conflict of interest when drafting the Charter for this CWG. Close attention to conflict of interest related concerns will be necessary now in relation to the work of the CWG and, even more so, in future with regard to any process or mechanism that may be put in place as a result of the work of the CWG.


Now, considering that the tests for conflict of interest may include an actual, potential or even perceived conflict of interest and given the context provided above, it is quite possible that I may be seen to have at least a perceived conflict of interest in the execution of the work of the CWG Auctions.


Accordingly, I have written to the GNSO to ask that a successor co-chair be appointed as soon as reasonably possible.









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