Global Relationship Manager
Important Upcoming Changes at the (.FI) Finnish Registry, FICORA
As of September 5th, 2016 the (.FI) Finnish registry, FICORA, will be adopting a widely accepted registry-registrar model.  Let’s look at what this means for corporate domain portfolios and what, if anything, domain owners need to do. As part of the registry-registrar model, the .FI registry will no longer be handling direct customer care.  Meaning, all day-to-day domain related transactions will need to be handled by the designated domain registrar.  This is a substantial change and will streamline the processes for managing .FI domains. One policy change that will impact .FI domain owners is the current requirement of local presence in... Read More
Tags: cctld, domains
Portfolio Marketing Director
ccTLD Strategies for Global Expansion
By 2020 the number of internet users worldwide is expected to surpass five billion. This will be 64% of the planet, a huge jump from the .04% of us who were online back in 1995 and the 46% online today. These vast numbers are supported by a growing domain name space. While there’s been a lot of attention paid to new gTLDs, the growth in domain name registrations has also been powered by the growth of country-code top-level domains known as ccTLDs. There are over 300 million registered domain names of which almost half are ccTLDs. The most popular ccTLDs are... Read More
Tags: IDNs, icann, cctld
The International Trademark Association's Annual Meeting is quickly approaching and we're excited to join the Intellectual Property community to share insights. Since the last meeting, we've been witnessing a sea of change and we expect these changes to continue. ICANN's launch of new gTLDs and the Trademark Clearinghouse mark a new set of challenges and possible opportunities for brands as they manage their domain portfolios and Internet presence in the expanded namespace. INTA 2013 is a great forum to learn how to navigate these changes and how they will affect your trademarks, brands and business. There are many fascinating sessions throughout the... Read More
So my prediction from last year that “ICANN will open the new gTLD application period without any glitches” could not have been more wrong. And yes – I  actually used the word ‘glitches’. That said, I was correct in saying that many would be surprised by the number of new gTLD applications submitted. Unfortunately, I was also correct in saying that we would continue to see security breaches at both the Registry and Registrar levels, with the sophistication of these attacks beginning to increase. Regardless of my crystal-ball gazing skills, it’s been another incredibly eventful year, and below are the Top 10... Read More
Here ye, here ye - all hail the arrival of .SO. And the question becomes, “So what?”  But really, I can’t remember the last time we saw the launch of a totally pristine ccTLD. Sure, we’ve had launches of second-level TLDs like .CO, where only third-level TLDs had previously existed. And we have also had launches of third-level TLDs, like the addition of 34 provinces in China. But it’s been some time since a completely barren ccTLD namespace has been made widely available. And again, you might be asking yourself, so what?  As an unrestricted TLD, .SO registrations may be particularly... 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