Mention of Sebastien Bachollet's appointment does [icann.org] (as of two days ago) appear on ICANN's website, though it doesn't show up via an icann.org search. The link states in part: |
To focus and accelerate these studies, ICANN retained the services of Mr. Sebastién Bachollet through FINAKI This link [eurocio.org], linking Bachollet and Philip Sheppard, calls FINAKI a European IT events specialist. Their own site at finaki.com makes a similar claim and says they were created in 1998. What an events specialist could possibly know about TLD expansion, or even the hiring of a supposed expert, is left unexplained. The WHOIS for finaki.com gives an address in France. Someone might want to google it.
Bachollet was also a voting member of the DNSO [dnso.org], and is apparently a member of icannatlarge.com [icannatlarge.com]. He has attended various ICANN meetings and made various public comments there and elsewhere, for example being against Lynn's reform plan, for transparency (what is his position on that now?), and for end users (although that could mean, at least primarily, large corporate end users). He does seem to think ICANN is too US centric.
Regardless of who he is, or whom he represents, this contracting out (is that, if anywhere, how it was listed in the budge?) to presumably one individual (perhaps there are unannounced others) who was part of the original group really stinks (right up there with hiring Kent Crispin), particularily as the
Final Report [icann.org] never made any such suggestions.
It did however suggest that the top eleven Criticality questions be answered [icann.org] by last month, so they seem to be horrendously behind schedule, at this rate those questions rated of lower Criticality won't be answered in this century. This is how typical governments work, if you don't want something to happen (in this case more new TLDs, more true registry competition), but you don't have the guts to say so, then you study it forever. Note that my first link is to ICANN's recent report to the USG and paints a glowing picture of the apparent progress of the process.
BTW, Danny Younger mentioned this appointment last May so it is unclear to me when this 6 month contract began. -g