Senior Vice President
Let the IANA Transition Proceed
The United States is not ceding “control” of the Internet. No foreign government is going to take over “control” of the Internet. The Internet is NOT going to crumble. Now that we have dispensed with the rhetoric some in the political world are putting forth as truths, let’s talk about the reality of the long-planned transition of the IANA functions currently provided by the US government. When the Internet was first created and funded by the US government decades ago, both ICANN (the bottom-up policy development body) and IANA (the technical operation of the root zone server of the Internet) were setup to oversee... Read More
Tags: Policy, IANA, ICANN
Policy Counselor
ICANN 56 Helsinki Recap
MarkMonitor joined colleagues from around the world once again in June to participate in ICANN 56, held in Helsinki, Finland.  This was the first “Policy Forum” style ICANN meeting, a shorter and (potentially) more focused meeting structure dedicated to community work on ICANN policies as well as cross-constituency dialogue.  Overall, the new structure was well received; a number of fruitful discussions and meaningful results contributed to a feeling of accomplishment and progress.  Photo by KFP (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons Here are our highlights from the meeting. New gTLD Subsequent Rounds The New gTLD Subsequent Rounds Policy Development... Read More
Tags: Whois, newgtld, ICANN
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
Policy Counselor
ICANN 55: Marrakech – Witnessing a Historic Event, Community Empowered Work Continues
Earlier this month, MarkMonitor® representatives were privileged to witness, at the first ICANN meeting of 2016 in Marrakech, Morroco, the historic presentation of the plan to transfer the stewardship of key internet functions (IANA) from the United States Government to a community and consensus-based model of governance through ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers).  As the community moves forward with discussions about important topics such as Whois/Registration Directory Services (RDS), Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs), abuse mitigation, and new gTLDs, a balanced and equal structure for decision making is vital to protect the internet. IANA Transition and ICANN Accountability For... Read More
Policy Counselor
ICANN Update:  Whois and New gTLD Program PDPs Launched, New CEO Announced, Privacy Accreditation Moves Forward
As promised, 2016 is off to a busy start at ICANN, with important discussions about Whois/Registration Directory Services, subsequent rounds of the New gTLD Program and internet governance already underway, and more to come.  Brand owner concerns will be front and center in the coming months, as community stakeholders set priorities and begin discussions of key challenges and desired results.  Next Generation Whois – Registration Directory Services (RDS) PDP Launches ICANN launched the policy development process (PDP) for the next generation of Whois, called Registration Directory Services (RDS), in January after calling for volunteers at the end of the year.  (It’s... Read More


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