Manager, Domain Services
Blockchain-connected domains on DNS seeing a surge
Decentralized domains such as .BIT, .ETH, .COIN, and .LIB, which are based on blockchain technology, have experienced renewed relevance with the growing popularity of blockchain technology and data privacy policies. While these "domains" are not true domain names – meaning they do not use the ICANN-coordinated DNS and do not resolve to content in the traditional sense – they do allow for other activities among cryptocurrency holders such as connecting directly to their ‘wallets.’ While originally these domains were minimally used, lately they have increased in importance as they begin to impact the new gTLD namespace, and the “real DNS”, in... Read More
Global Head of Marketing, MarkMonitor
Risks of counterfeiting real, survey shows
We all know about the dangers that brands face when it comes to counterfeiting. But which are considered the highest risk? According to a survey at MarkMonitor’s annual Spring Symposium, the overwhelming majority believe it to be reputational damage.  Having gathered responses from more than 100 business executives and attendees of our Symposium, 74 percent said they believe reputational damage to be the most significant risk they face through online counterfeiting. This was closely followed by lost sales through counterfeiting and/or pirated goods, with one in five citing this as the most damaging side-effect. The Symposium is a hugely insightful and... Read More
Director of Internet Policy and Industry Affairs
Enhancing your strategy and ROI with premium and reserved domains
The new gTLD program has been a controversial topic for MarkMonitor customers. Many understandably blame new gTLDs for inflating defensive domain name budgets, creating new environments for cybersquatters and other bad actors and creating new free speech challenges to brand protection with the introduction of gripe TLDs like .sucks. On the other hand, companies have capitalized on the opportunity to secure powerful keyword-rich and hyper-localized domains, like spanish.academy and toureiffel.paris, and have reached new customers with non-Latin character IDNs. Many companies also now enjoy unprecedented security, innovation and control with their own .brand TLD. For better or for worse, new gTLDs... Read More
Global Head of Marketing, MarkMonitor
MarkMonitor scoops up awards at ACQ5 Global
We’re delighted to announce that MarkMonitor came home with, not one, not two, but three awards, following this year’s ACQ5 Global Awards 2018. As well as scooping up the Domain Management Company of the Year and Brand Protection Advisory Company of the Year awards, our President, Chris Veator, won the prestigious Game Changer of the Year trophy. The ACQ5 Global Awards are some of the most hotly-anticipated in the calendar, designed to recognise organisations and individuals that have achieved outstanding commercial success across a range of areas of expertise. We were particularly proud to have won these awards given that they... Read More
Global Head of Marketing, MarkMonitor
GDPR: The impact on WHOIS and IP enforcement
The GDPR enforcement deadline may have passed, but that’s not to say its impact isn’t still felt by businesses of all kinds. The consequences on the likes of WHOIS have been enormous, and they are set to continue long into the future. Statton Hammock, Vice President of Global Policy and Industry Development for MarkMonitor, discussed this at length in a 30-minute presentation at this year’s MarkMonitor NYC Summit in April. As our resident GDPR expert, Hammock is perfectly placed to discuss the finer details of the regulation and throughout his talk provides a wealth of insights as to what we can... Read More

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