ICANN people think they are rock stars spending millions on meetings around the world!

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the ICANN61 By the Numbers report, which includes technical, demographic, and attendance statistics.

Why did ICANN wasted so many hours to create this 54-page report is beyond any reason! No wonder they have no time to do anything useful. This report is part of ICANN’s “commitment to transparency”. Yes, it is transparent that reports are more important than actual work.

This report summarizes findings from ICANN’s third Community Forum of the new meeting strategy.

By the Numbers Report highlights include:

  • 1,565 checked-in participants, with 604 listing their region as North America (1,929 in ICANN60)
  • 36% of attendees participating for the first time
  • 342 sessions held, for a total of 630.5 hours
  • 167,907 schedule platform page views, a 198% increase from ICANN60 Abu Dhabi
  • 11,106 gigabytes of data as network traffic
  • 14% of network traffic was Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), a 1% increase from ICANN60 Abu Dhabi

12% (188 people) of the participants were part of ICANN organization so we the domain name registrants paid for all these people to fly from all over the world to Puerto Rico and stay there for about a week. There were also about 110 people that ICANN has as support staff that is not clear if these people were Puerto Rico residents or were from other countries. My guess that we paid for these people’s flights and hotels too. A conservative calculation says that this alone (flights and hotels) is about a $1 million.

ICANN people think they are rock stars

When giving some general information about the equipment shipped to ICANN61 the report compares ICANN to a band.

ICANN people think they are rock stars spending millions on meetings around the world! These are the domain name registrants money!

“Much like a touring band, ICANN learned over time that the most cost-effective method of ensuring that meeting participants have a positive experience is to sea freight our own equipment to ICANN meetings. We ship critical equipment, then rent the remaining equipment locally to help promote the local economy. The following depicts the equipment shipped to ICANN61.”

ICANN must lower its overall budget now!

ICANN is spending $17.2 million on travel and meetings in 2018. It will be $15 million in 2019 but that is still too much.

ICANN must lower its overall budget ASAP! Stop these people from wasting our domain name money!


About Konstantinos Zournas

I studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London, UK and I am now living in Athens, Greece. I went online in 1995, started coding in 1996 and began buying domain names and creating websites in 2000. I started the OnlineDomain.com blog in 2012.


  1. They remind me of our (US) government. Spending money frivolously and then acting like they’re doing a lot of important work. Buncha jokers!

  2. I believe the Italian gov is king on wasting money but these guys are really spending a lot!

  3. I’ve never yet attended an ICANN meeting. Theoretically, they might be doing something useful. But I wonder what oversight mechanisms exist to monitor ICANN for frivolous spending. Does anybody know if those exist or function properly?

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