[council] GNSO Appointed co-chair to the CCWG-Auction Proceeds

James M. Bladel jbladel at godaddy.com
Thu Feb 9 16:54:34 UTC 2017

Councilors -

I'd like to draw your attention to this recent announcement, posted by Jonathan Robinson to the CCWG-Auctions mailing list (and copied below):


For the sake of transparency,  I've reached out to Jonathan to ascertain whether there was any chance to persuade him to change his mind on this, or to otherwise address his concerns.  And while Jonathan has graciously agreed to stay on in an interim capacity until we find a successor, his decision to step down is firm.  So we go forward from here.

I'm asking that we add this topic as a Discussion Item to the agenda for our 16 FEB Council meeting, and that we plan a Call for Volunteers for a replacement GNSO Co-Chair to this CCWG.

Thank you,



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 a 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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