How many new gTLDs will ICANN approve in order to pay for Rod Beckstrom's new palace in Palo Alto?
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- Subject: How many new gTLDs will ICANN approve in order to pay for Rod Beckstrom's new palace in Palo Alto?
- From: George Kirikos <gkirikos@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 22 Nov 2009 13:33:40 -0800 (PST)
To followup on the prior comment of profligate spending by ICANN:
it is a little-noticed fact that one of the first actions of ICANN after the
AOC was announced on September 30th was to approve on the same day a massive
expenditure of $400,000+ PER YEAR, for up to 10 YEARS, for 5000 square feet of
office space in Palo Alto, so that Rod Beckstrom could have office space
fitting royalty. See the minutes (section B.2) at:
for details of this waste of money. Only one board member had the class to
abstain from the vote, noting "opening a new office in the US is not in any way
a priority, and would even send a contrary message to the ICANN community
For far less than the millions of dollars that will be wasted in those 10
years, one could have installed elite Cisco Telepresence both at ICANN and at
Rod Beckstrom's home office, see:
That would be extravagant, but far less extravagant than the millions being
wasted on the new Palo Alto palace.
So, my question to ICANN is: How many new gTLDs will ICANN approve in order to
pay for Rod Beckstrom's new digs, and for the staff entourage that will
accompany these new offices? Will ICANN be eliminating the Sydney office (i.e.
Paul Twomey's palace) now that he's gone, to compensate, or will ICANN simply
continue to add permanent offices around the world each time a new CEO is
hired? I asked these questions to Rod Beckstrom and Kevin Wilson in an email on
October 15th, and they've yet to make an answer.