Senior Vice President
Let the IANA Transition Proceed
The United States is not ceding “control” of the Internet. No foreign government is going to take over “control” of the Internet. The Internet is NOT going to crumble. Now that we have dispensed with the rhetoric some in the political world are putting forth as truths, let’s talk about the reality of the long-planned transition of the IANA functions currently provided by the US government. When the Internet was first created and funded by the US government decades ago, both ICANN (the bottom-up policy development body) and IANA (the technical operation of the root zone server of the Internet) were setup to oversee... Read More
Tags: Policy, IANA, icann
Policy Counselor
ICANN 55: Marrakech – Witnessing a Historic Event, Community Empowered Work Continues
Earlier this month, MarkMonitor® representatives were privileged to witness, at the first ICANN meeting of 2016 in Marrakech, Morroco, the historic presentation of the plan to transfer the stewardship of key internet functions (IANA) from the United States Government to a community and consensus-based model of governance through ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers).  As the community moves forward with discussions about important topics such as Whois/Registration Directory Services (RDS), Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs), abuse mitigation, and new gTLDs, a balanced and equal structure for decision making is vital to protect the internet. IANA Transition and ICANN Accountability For... Read More

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With more than 13 years’ experience in the domain industry, Alison has managed all aspects of Corporate Domain Managem... More