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.

Next up: Newdomains.org conference in Munich 9/26-27

More conferences!  Following on the heels of a very successful F8 conference with Facebook, I am now on to Munich for the newtlds.org conference.

New Top Level Domains are coming into focus and it is the time to be preparing for them.  I have connected up with a constellation of experts in a company called Sedari, which provides expert consulting and operational excellence for these new domains that are on the horizon.  It is a great group of people, and we’re really knowledgeable about the process and every facet of them.

ICANN’s new Top Level Domain website is launched and the applicant guidebook published. The communications program is already under way with ICANN gatherings in numerous parts of Europe to announce and provide Q&A about the new Top Level Domain application process.

United Domains have timed a conference perfectly with all of these events, called newdomains.org.  I am good friends with the conference organizer, and he’s expressed to me that he is immensely pleased not only about the attendance levels, but in particular just how many of those attendees are from brands, and also how many are new or unrecognized names, which illustrates to me that the interest in new top level domains is brewing.

There will be a keynote from Steve Crocker, the Chairman of the Board of directors of ICANN, and the conference is packed with fantastic sessions that will benefit participants of any level of experience, from beginner to advanced.

I am speaking in a session called “ask the experts” along with my friends and respected experts Peter Dengate Thrush, Tina Dam, and Dan Schindler on 9/26 from 16:30 – 17:25 Munich time (10:30 am Eastern / 7:30 am Pacific).

My good friend and the CEO of Sedari, Dr. Liz Williams, will be on a panel just before hand with Richard Wein of nic.at, Sarah Langstone of VeriSign, Jim Rogers of Neustar, Elmar Knipp from Knipp Medien & Kommunikation GmbH (who have an interesting platform called Tango) and Peter Hupfauer of registry.net.

I look forward to seeing you there!

About the conference:

Conference URL:   http://www.newdomains.org

Organized by : uniteddomains.com

Registration:  http://newdomains.org/conference_option

 

Live Blogging will be being done by Jennie-Marie Larsen, also of Sedari either at http://www.sedari.com under blog or @sedarinews on twitter

DotMobi has created a mobile friendly calendar and event site at http://ntlds.mobi/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next up: .nxt Conference in San Francisco, August 24-26, 2011

New TLDs are covered in depth and precise focus in San Francisco in August.  This is a great opportunity for Silicon Valley based entrepreneurs and venture capitalists that might be interested to find out a bit more information in and around the recently  announced plans that will shift the internet from the .COM era.

Register now for the next .nxt conference, which will be at the San Francisco InterContinental
24-26 August | sponsorship opportunities availablevenue

“Ivan Lovin’ It!” – McDonalds’ Russian IDN Website

McDonalds totally gets it.

They have a Russian language website up for McDonalds at

http://макдональдс.рф

which illustrates both their capabilities as a brand to manage their local presence, as well as a sophistication in leveraging the new promise that IDN holds.

For a person in Russia who does not speak English or work with an English style keyboard, someone is now able to visit the website using their natural language and no special mode conversion keystrokes while typing.

Nicely done, McDonalds!