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Fadi Chehadé Announces His Departure – What’s Next for Businesses at ICANN?
Last week, the CEO of ICANN, Fadi Chehadé, announced his intention to leave his position in March 2016, after almost four years as head of the organization.  He plans to take a position in private industry, outside of the domain name space.  Although the impact to the business community is unclear at this point, Chehadé’s departure throws a spotlight on how important ICANN leadership can be in ensuring that business and brand interests maintain their voice in the Internet governance sphere. The announcement was surprising to many, as Chehadé has spent his tenure intensely focused on long term goals, including shepherding... Read More
When we originally heard about Vox Populi's plans to offer .SUCKS sunrise registrations for $25,000, we were outraged. We understand better than anyone that registries can charge whatever they want, and that registrars must mark up those fees to recover their costs for integration, registration, and ongoing management. All that said, their original pricing seemed extortionate to brand owners. I was extremely hopeful when I heard that their plan to charge $25,000 had been changed, and that a new pricing structure would be introduced. Honestly, I was expecting to see sunrise fees on the order of $100 to $200 dollars. And... Read More
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
2014 saw a number of well-publicized events that had a negative impact for online brand reputation – data breaches, hacks, the theft of credit card numbers and trade secrets. As we start 2015 it’s imperative that brands take immediate steps to safeguard themselves in digital channels. The pace of ecommerce is accelerating worldwide. A 2014 Neilsen study found that in the next six months, 46 percent of global Internet users plan to make an online clothing purchase, 48 percent plan on purchasing airline tickets and 44 percent will make hotel reservations. MarkMonitor has long championed the importance of smart brands safeguarding... 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

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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