Director of Internet Policy and Industry Affairs
Enhancing your strategy and ROI with premium and reserved domains
The new gTLD program has been a controversial topic for MarkMonitor customers. Many understandably blame new gTLDs for inflating defensive domain name budgets, creating new environments for cybersquatters and other bad actors and creating new free speech challenges to brand protection with the introduction of gripe TLDs like .sucks. On the other hand, companies have capitalized on the opportunity to secure powerful keyword-rich and hyper-localized domains, like spanish.academy and toureiffel.paris, and have reached new customers with non-Latin character IDNs. Many companies also now enjoy unprecedented security, innovation and control with their own .brand TLD. For better or for worse, new gTLDs... Read More
Director of Strategic Accounts
Challenges arriving with the rise of the dark web
Of all the problems that businesses face in brand protection, dark web challenges land among the most significant. While the environment itself is not new, organizations have started to realize they need visibility to better understand the scale of their threats. Accessible only via anonymizing software, it has at certain times taken on the role of a digital black market – vulnerable to nefarious individuals looking to buy and sell illegal goods, from drugs and weapons to reams of personal data. The mystery that surrounds the dark web – combined with the illicit activity that takes place within it – has... Read More
Global Head of Marketing, MarkMonitor
MarkMonitor scoops up awards at ACQ5 Global
We’re delighted to announce that MarkMonitor came home with, not one, not two, but three awards, following this year’s ACQ5 Global Awards 2018. As well as scooping up the Domain Management Company of the Year and Brand Protection Advisory Company of the Year awards, our President, Chris Veator, won the prestigious Game Changer of the Year trophy. The ACQ5 Global Awards are some of the most hotly-anticipated in the calendar, designed to recognise organisations and individuals that have achieved outstanding commercial success across a range of areas of expertise. We were particularly proud to have won these awards given that they... Read More
Director of Internet Policy and Industry Affairs
ICANN Update: Expedited Policy Development Process Kicks Off
In an effort to establish a permanent policy for WHOIS data collection, processing and access in compliance with the European Union’s General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR), the ICANN multi-stakeholder community will kick off a first-of-its-kind Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) next week. This EPDP will result in a new policy that takes the place of the Temporary Specification approved by the ICANN Board on May 17, 2018, which took effect May 25, 2018, and expires on May 25, 2019. Learn more in our past GDPR posts or by watching our most recent ICANN meeting recap webinar. Consensus-based policy development among various... Read More
Global Head of Marketing, MarkMonitor
GDPR: The impact on WHOIS and IP enforcement
The GDPR enforcement deadline may have passed, but that’s not to say its impact isn’t still felt by businesses of all kinds. The consequences on the likes of WHOIS have been enormous, and they are set to continue long into the future. Statton Hammock, Vice President of Global Policy and Industry Development for MarkMonitor, discussed this at length in a 30-minute presentation at this year’s MarkMonitor NYC Summit in April. As our resident GDPR expert, Hammock is perfectly placed to discuss the finer details of the regulation and throughout his talk provides a wealth of insights as to what we can... 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