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
Vice President, Global Policy & Industry Development
Preserving Whois and GDPR Readiness
Nearly four weeks have passed since my last blog post that analyzed ICANN’s three proposed GDPR compliant WHOIS models.  Since then MarkMonitor’s domain policy team and our WHOIS data group have been working hard to advocate for the continued preservation of WHOIS registration data as well as to prepare its own database for compliance with the European regulation. These efforts will continue at their current fervor until the EU’s May 25th enforcement deadline approaches and likely, beyond. After participating in several ICANN cross-community multi-stakeholder group calls and face-to-face meetings to discuss the relative merits and shortcomings of the proposed models, on... Read More
Tags: gdpr, icann, whois
Vice President, Global Policy & Industry Development
ICANN60 Recap: A Focus On GDPR, Rights Protection and Compliance
More than 1,900 domain industry experts from around the world attended the ICANN60 Annual General Meeting held in Abu Dhabi, UAE between October 28 and November 4.  Participants addressed topics ranging from human rights to DNS infrastructure, and everything in between. During the seven-day event the MarkMonitor team worked to deepen our partnerships with registries, law enforcement and other industry partners and advocate on behalf of clients for policies that cultivate consumer trust and safety online. We also participated in Internet policy and domain name system regulation discussions. Here are some of the highlights: European General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) Among... Read More
Tags: icann, gdpr
Former Policy Counselor for MarkMonitor
ICANN 58 Recap
MarkMonitor joined our internet governance colleagues in Copenhagen, Denmark for ICANN 58 in early March. It’s a busy time for brand owners, as we discussed Subsequent Rounds of the New gTLD Program, Rights Protection Mechanisms, online abuse and Registration Directory Services (Whois) and met with partners about Registry launches, brand concerns and more. It’s a big year for brand owners, with key policy issues on the table for milestone decision-making, and many factors to consider to balance brand interests with other internet governance concerns like privacy, data collection, government positions and infrastructure operations. For the first time, MarkMonitor was proud to... Read More
Portfolio Marketing Director
2016 Domain Year in Review
It’s that time of year when the domain industry reflects on 2016 and makes predictions for 2017. Last year I made a number of predictions. I knew that new gTLDs would continue to dominate discussions throughout the year. I anticipated that new gTLD use would increase. I knew there would be important developments in the ICANN community. Finally, I anticipated that companies would continue to face advanced security threats. Here are the details on my top five domain highlights from 2016: Launches, Launches and More Launches It was a busy year for domains. Not only did new gTLDs continue to launch... 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