If you have ever done a Google search for a person or company in the domain name business, it is very possible you came across ICANNWiki, a website community with a ton of information about ICANN and the domain name industry. According to a tweet from the company, ICANNWiki might lose its primary funding source:
**IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM ICANNWIKI** Please read, share, comment and support. https://t.co/b68eo8Gddx
— ICANNWiki (@ICANNWiki) January 3, 2018
Here’s an excerpt from the blog post announcing the news:
“ICANNWiki was recently informed that ICANN might choose not to renew its contract, which accounts for 60% of our annual revenue. The contract began in 2015, with an initial three-year term, which enabled us to bring on two full-time co-directors to steward the project and improve its services. ICANN has stated, ‘At this time, while it is highly unlikely that ICANN will be renewing its contract with ICANNWiki, we have not come to a final determination.’”
Losing a revenue source that accounts for 60% of the total revenue stream can be debilitating for any website. For those who are involved with ICANN or who are in the business of domain names, ICANNWiki is a complete source of information, and we will lose out if the publication can not continue to operate and grow.
One of the realities of working within the domain name space is that there are a limited number of companies that advertise. I am very fortunate and thankful to have a core group of advertisers that continue to support this website. I hope ICANNWiki and ICANN are able to work something out so we can all continue to benefit and learn.