ICANNWiki Funding Update (Questions and Answers)

The following questions and answers are an update to our January 03, 2018 article on ICANNWiki’s funding.

For transparency’s sake and to provide some context, we’ve answered a few questions that have come up since the publication of our original blog post. Read below for more.

Question #1: Why does a wiki have a budget of $160,000?

ICANNWiki is much more than a wiki, it is an organization committed to empowering the ICANN and Internet governance community. Given the importance of ICANN, our primary focus is enhancing the community’s understanding of the processes, policies and fundamental concepts necessary for participation. Our belief is that everyone should have a voice in the future of the Internet and this has led us to develop a neutral, robust and globally-minded project.

In pursuing this mission, ICANNWiki travels to every ICANN meeting, providing an engaging booth presence that focuses on the onboarding of newcomers and the development of content for our website, as well as keeping the community engaged and informed.

In addition to our presence at ICANN meetings, we spend our time between conferences focused on capacity development in the community and continuing to develop our resource, including localized content in different languages.

We do all of this, while constantly finding ways to improve and innovate our platform. This is no small task and we employ two full-time directors, and a part-time graphic designer to make it all happen.

Question #2: What will happen to ICANNWiki if ICANN chooses to discontinue funding?

To understand what will happen to ICANNWiki, it is important to differentiate between the organization and our services, including the website. The website is a central part of our work and it will not immediately shut-down if ICANN cuts the funding to ICANNWiki

However, we would have to reduce the amount of time and energy our staff puts towards site maintenance and development of content. This includes facilitating the members of our community to add the valuable content that keeps ICANNWiki up-to-date.

ICANNWiki would also have to cut back on its attendance at ICANN meetings, which is where much of our outreach occurs and where we have the most impact.

ICANNWiki and its website are dependent upon an active core of users who regularly edit or translate the content. If ICANN decides to pull funding for ICANNWiki, our decreased capacity, will undoubtedly lead to a slow, but steady decline of our site’s quality. Additionally, the capacity development activities at ICANN Meetings and beyond would be severely limited.

What can I do to help ICANNWiki?

Share this article and help the community understand why this is important. Show your support for this resource that is committed to the ICANN community! Reach out to our team if you have any ideas or questions: staff@icannwiki.com.

ICANNWiki Edit-a-thon at ICANN60 in Abu Dhabi

On October 30, 2017, ICANNWiki held another hour and half Edit-a-thon to share our project, its values and to teach a few wiki basics. We started by introducing the project and its values, highlighting the importance of a neutral point of view, transparency and being a builder.

After delving into some of the mechanics behind editing, including how to use the visual editor and how to use wiki mark-up, we then began by ensuring that everyone had an account. We streamlined this process by removing the 50 word bio requirement. Participants were able to create accounts with much more ease and were able to start contributing sooner as a result.

After this brief introduction to our project, our team chose to divide our time between helping those who wished to edit and update existing articles and those who wished to create new content. There was a higher number of participants who wished to focus on building articles on themselves, but unlike past Edit-a-thons, a few previous attendees felt compelled to dive right into building new content or editing articles that needed a makeover.

Susannah Gray created a much needed article on the San Francisco-Bay Area ISOC Chapter. The article outlines basic information about the chapter, but is a great introduction to a group that was previously unrepresented on our site. Aristide Zoungrana updated the ARCEP (the organization that operates the .bf CcTLD) logo, website and introduction statement. His intimate knowledge of the registry operator made these changes possible.

We concluded the event by encouraging participants to continue their hard work after the conference. 40 participants in all were then given t-shirts and a special invitation to our post-workshop Reception Dinner. Held at the conference center, the dinner was well attended and those who contributed to ICANNWiki during the Edit-a-thon were entered into a raffle. Four prizes, provided by Amazon, were given away.

Both of these fun events were followed up with a short survey to get a better understanding of our work with the ICANN community. A handful of participants responded. 80% had never attended an ICANNWiki event. All of the attendees understood the purpose of ICANNWiki after attending, and also felt that they received the help they needed from our team. The clarity of our presentations can improve and we will work towards communicating concepts in simple and easy to understand terms. All participants would attend and recommend an ICANNWiki event. Lastly, one participant suggested that we focus on building a French ICANNWiki. To that we say, we’re working on it!

Thanks to all those who attended. We look forward to seeing you and your friends at the next ICANNWiki Edit-a-thon and Reception Dinner in Puerto Rico this March!