Global Relationship Manager
MarkMonitor’s Top Tips for Protecting Your Organization Online
This blog originally appeared in Public Interest Registry. U.S. Congress designated the month of June as the National Internet Safety Month and so there’s no better time to discuss how to keep organizations safe and secure online. To help raise internet security awareness, Public Interest Registry asked our team at MarkMonitor, one of the most experienced corporate registrars managing some of the most highly trafficked domains, to share some tips that will help nonprofit organizations stay safe on the World Wide Web, in particular when it comes to domain name system security. While the industry has committed significant resources to ensuring the... Read More
Vice President, Global Policy & Industry Development
Six things you need to know post-GDPR
We all know by now that the enforcement of GDPR has caused complications in the brand protection sphere, the most notable of which being the demise of WHOIS. With most registrars redacting the registrant data, even if the registrant is not located in the EU or not a natural person, we are essentially facing a WHOIS blackout of registrant information. In these uncertain times, we’ve answered six questions that help to shine a light on the current situation. Why are registrars deciding to hide their registrant data? In late May, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) approved a... Read More
Vice President, Global Policy & Industry Development
Will WHOIS ever be the same, post-GDPR?
With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) now in force, brand protection experts are having to familiarize themselves with the challenges this introduces relating to online brand protection. One of the most significant of these is the fate of WHOIS, the domain name lookup service. WHOIS was a vital tool for consumer and brand protection efforts, but since the GDPR was enforced on May 25, important registrant data has become unavailable to the public. WHOIS in its previous form was not GDPR compliant, as it displayed personally identifiable data including names, email and home addresses and more. In late May, the... Read More
Domain Services Manager
A ccTLD Paradigm Shift (Part II): The Evolution Continues
It used to be that ccTLD domains were only used to target the ccTLD’s country and — if transactions were possible — the local currency would be supported. Language is not necessarily a determining factor for ccTLDs as the idea in creating ccTLDs is that they are for a country or region. A best practice is to get a good SEO expert onboard if the intent is to target global users with ccTLDs like in the examples below, because search engines give ccTLDs geo-specific indicators to help with providing relevant results to users. Secondary Meanings, Second Level Domains and Liberalization One... Read More
Domain Services Manager
A ccTLD Paradigm Shift (Part I): Expansion and Registry Rebranding
The growth rate of country-code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) indicates that they are here to stay. In 2017, ccTLD expansion totaled 3.9 percent, with uses continuing to evolve since the launch of new gTLDs in 2013. You might wonder how this can be, since a ccTLD is a two-character TLD used by a country or independent territory; whereas new gTLDs are generally country-neutral and can be considered generic and descriptive of communities, brands, etc. Following the ICANN 2012 application round of new generic TLDs, 1,230 TLDs were added to the internet and have had an equivocal impact on the domain name... 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