Portfolio Marketing Director
2015 Domain Year in Review
2015 was a challenging yet exciting year for brand owners. While new gTLDs continue to consume much of the news in the domain industry, there were other notable highlights. Global domain registrations reached nearly 300 million; ICANN had several initiatives in motion that were of particular concern to brand owners; and companies continued to face threats to their brand reputation, revenue and customer trust. Here’s my top 5 domain highlights from 2015: 1. Strong Growth in Domain Market Verisign reported in the December Domain Name Industry Brief that global domain registrations across all top level domains grew by 5.2 percent, year-over-year,... Read More
Former Policy Counselor for MarkMonitor
ICANN 54:  Dublin - Winding Down, Gearing Up
  Last month MarkMonitor representatives joined colleagues in Dublin for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANN) 54th public meeting.  The central (and incredibly hospitable) location in Europe made for a large meeting, with about 2,400 attendees and a great, productive time for everyone.  On the agenda, the final push toward transitioning the IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) function from United States oversight to a multistakeholder organization, abuse complaints, and gearing up for the next round of the New gTLD Program. IANA Transition and ICANN Accountability After the Dublin meeting, on October 29th, 2015, the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination... Read More
Former Policy Counselor for MarkMonitor
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

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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