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Akino Chikada
Portfolio Marketing Director
May 6, 2019
The domain landscape is ever-changing. Consider how far it’s come since the 1980s when the first domain names were registered. These were of the .net and .com variety. Fast-forward 25 years, and businesses are registering innovative .Brand extensions for reasons that range from marketing promotions to protective online protection of IP. The industry has been shaped by the launch of generic top level domains (gTLDs), ongoing legal and political changes, as well as the encroachment of cyber threats — all factors which make the management of your domain portfolio that much more important, yet complex. There are many factors to consider,... Read More

Vice President, Global Policy & Industry Development
EPDP on domain registration data: One step forward, two giant leaps back
ICANN’s expedited policy development working group (EPDP), tasked with creating future policy for the collection, storage, transfer and disclosure of domain name registration data (commonly referred to as “WHOIS data”), concluded Phase 1 of its work in February, with the GNSO Council voting to approve and send the report to the ICANN Board with a recommendation to approve as the new policy for domain name registration data. While the EPDP did a phenomenal job in identifying the lawful basis and purpose for processing each data element in WHOIS (a mind-numbing exercise required by GDPR), from the perspective of IP rights holders,... Read More
Global Relationship Manager
How to stay ahead of recent DNS attacks
On February 15, 2019, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) issued an announcement regarding published reports of attacks on the Domain Name System (DNS). Given that many of the DNS hijacking attacks sourced in the announcement affected government, telecommunications and internet infrastructure entities, we would like to remind organizations about security best practices: Use registry lock on core domains. All core domains should have an additional lock, called Registry Lock, applied. Registry Lock will freeze domain confirmations at the registry level until the correct high-security protocol specified by both the client and registrar is followed. This prevents erroneous... Read More
Portfolio Marketing Manager
Learn the impacts of brand misuse and phishing at RSA
How effectively are you protecting your organization from brand misuse and consumer-targeted phishing attacks? Brand owners can find out the answers to this question and more during the annual RSA Conference, as experts divulge the details on what makes for the most impactful online strategies. Among the highlights, we’ll look at dual programs that combine both brand and fraud protection into a hybrid approach. Brand infringements are defined as unauthorized uses of intellectual property that divert traffic with impersonation or false affiliation. This includes false association, non-phishing brand impersonation, cybersquatting, brand and logo confusion, partner compliance, and keyword hijacking. Fraud, on... Read More
Global Relationship Manager
Brexit: A new challenge for domain name registrants
In June of 2016, the United Kingdom held an historic referendum and public vote that would change the course of the country’s future forever. With a simple 51.89% to 48.11% majority, the UK public voted to leave the European Union and thus Britain’s exit, now commonly referred to as “Brexit,” began. Since that fateful decision, there have been some notable developments, including “Brexit remorse” (where exit supporters experience regret for their decision), and, in December, the European Court of Justice ruled that Britain had the power to revoke Article 50 and cancel Brexit in its entirety. At present, the UK is... Read More
Portfolio Marketing Manager
Combat pirated IPTV services to protect your revenue
Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) has grown in popularity in a short span of time, as a result of Internet connectivity speeds and the low cost of IPTV enabled devices. While legitimate broadcasters are starting to utilise IPTV solutions, a growing number of rogue streamers are using the same technology to deliver unauthorised content. Not only can thousands of channels be distributed via illegal IPTV subscriptions, but channels that should be geo-blocked are being made available outside of their own territories. Live sports broadcasts, pay-per-views and even award shows are being shown through these unauthorized services. As a result, many rights owners and... Read More

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Alison Simpson
With more than 14 years’ experience in the domain industry, Alison has managed all aspects of Corporate Domain Managem... More