Pause: Stepping up to lead the Domain Name Association

Etc

Across a span of 15 years of establishing and running events, I have now launched many successful conference brands – MERGE, NamesCon, DomainFest, DotNXT and The Domain Roundtable – and NamesCon rapidly grew to become the leading conference in the Domain Name Industry, now operating in the very capable hands of GoDaddy’s Cloudfest team.

My focus will now be towards leading the Domain Name Association as the executive director of that important trade association for the great industry of Domain Names.  In addition, and in compliment to that activity, I will continue as a volunteer with the Public Suffix List (and related efforts) helping developers better interact with domain names.

I also contribute to the Universal Acceptance efforts, where Internationalized Domain Names and EAI (Email that works in more native languages), and helping countries with their ccTLDs.

I continue to provide expert witness services, consult registries, registrars, and related parties interested in the industry of Domain Names, and also own and operate a small ICANN-Accredited Registrar.  The focus is high quality registration of domain names, and working within the new regulations on GDPR or other such regulations, and efforts on “Know Your Customer” (KYC) and quality registrant experience.

You’ll see more activity in those areas and less activity here on my personal blog.

The Public Suffix List

The Public Suffix List (PSL) is a large, detailed list of Top Level Domains and their descendants or self-designated work-alikes, designed to aid programmers, integrators, sysadmins, security experts, email administrators, browsers, search engines, data scientists and other developers more elegant and detailed domain boundary resources.

The Domain Name Association

The Domain Name Association works to engage, educate and evangelize about the benefits, utility and innovation potential of domain names, the DNS and Top Level Domains as crucial Internet resources.

Taking a break…

I am taking a break from blogging and will be reducing my industry profile in the coming months to work on something big.

Thank you to all of the loyal viewers, syndicators, fans, and friends over the years.

To quote Arnold Schwartzenegger, “Ahl Beh Back”.

Video: Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on Internet regulation

I found a gem at The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation when I was searching for the composition of the participants.

What I found on their website was this very powerful statement on Internet regulation from Senator Hutchinson.

Watch the video (Especially those of you in the majority within the ANA who are not supportive of the crusade against ICANN and new TLDs) Senate on internet regulation.

Hopefully a read of the tea leaves. Who benefits from blocking innovation, competition, and job creation?

Here is a link to the actual session.

Registry Service Provider Speed Dating

Two years ago, in 2008, I put together a session at the Paris ICANN meeting where I gathered new TLD applicants and service providers together in a room to meet each other.

Afterward, I put together a survey and then collected the information in to a grid so that potential new TLD applicants could see side by side comparisons of the many, many registry service providers, and make informed decisions about their initiatives.

I had my friend publish the results of the survey which I’d run personally, and many things grew from that in the two years since.

Some TLD applicants made technology selections, but many are still making decisions. Some new providers have started operations. Subtle new nuances have crept in to the application process which impact the questions that should be asked up front.

This is the 2010 version of the survey. I’ll collect the information until August 4th, 2010.

Participating registry service providers, I will interview you about the service you offer, then publish the information to this blog through August (and into September if the response volume is high).

This is an outstanding opportunity for registry service providers to make their technology known and attract potential applicants.

If you offer Registration Services for a potential new TLD or ccTLDs, please take some time and complete this survey:
Registry Service Provider Survey

Stimulator.IO simulates A-Ha Video with Microsoft Surface and iPhone

Stimulator.IO:

The most awesome A-Ha “Take On Me” video tech XRay.

What do you get when you merge the technologies of two large providers? The iPhone and the Microsoft Surface, together, do some amazing things, as the team at Stimulator proves.

Now your iPhone and Microsoft Surface can work to bring back the ‘Take on Me’ video look and feel when used together.

The coolest is when you simply set the iPhone down it immediately synchronizes with the Surface.

This is one of the most impressive interoperability of technology I have seen. Well done Stimulator, you have an amazing technical team.

(I’d have used the A-Ha song in the background, is the only change I’d suggest 😉 )