MarkMonitor recently joined our colleagues and friends  at the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) 52nd public meeting in Singapore.  As promised, the ICANN community has a lot on its plate for 2015, and at this first full meeting of the year, we are all jumping into the work with both feet. Here are some of the main issues for brand owners:  Sorting out the long-awaited transition from U.S. Government oversight to a truly multi-stakeholder model of governance; ensuring Registrant data (Whois) accuracy, accessibility and privacy (where appropriate); launching reviews of the new gTLD program; and protecting/preserving the robust... Read More
It’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone and that I’m now publishing my 5th Annual Domain Name Year in Review. It’s sort of fun to look back 5 years ago to see how much things have changed, especially as focus has shifted to issues related to the launch and use of new gTLDs. Of course, much has stayed the same too. Concerns related to domain name security and domain portfolio management are still important. With so much going on in this past year though, it was difficult to keep the list to just 10 items. But here... Read More
With just over 2.4 million New gTLDs registered, abuse trends are beginning to emerge. Earlier this month we conducted a review of the top 100 most highly-trafficked Web property names across the top 5 most popular new gTLD registries. It is apparent that the abuse we had expected has occurred – just not where we had anticipated. For example, .Wang leads the pack in terms of abusive registrations with 47% of the top 100 Web property names registered to third-parties. For the other top TLDs which include .XYZ, .Berlin, .Club and .Guru – abusive registrations hover around the 30% mark. It... Read More
With so many new gTLDs moving into their respective general availability periods, and incidents of cybersquatting beginning to appear, many companies are now looking towards the URS (Uniform Rapid Suspension) as a possible solution for quickly remediating abuse. As a reminder, domains that are the subject of a successful URS ruling are suspended for the remainder of the registration term, or can be renewed for an additional year at the current registrar While the URS provides a number of upsides, it's not necessarily the panacea that many had hoped it would be. So let's talk about the good, the bad, and... Read More
Last month, some of my colleagues at MarkMonitor and I traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina for ICANN 48.  With the recent delegation and launch of the first new gTLDs, the atmosphere had an air of both excitement and anxiety.  In my opinion, there is much to be done before brand owners should begin to feel comfortable in the post-new gTLD Internet environment, which brings a host of new challenges, as companies attempt to scale monitoring and enforcement to the new (huge) domain name space. Thankfully, we made some important progress in a few key areas that impact the work we do... 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