The beauty of being affiliated with an organization like the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), besides having access to some of the domain industry’s most innovative thinkers, is that you never know where it will take you. In the last year alone, ICANN meetings have lured us to Marrakech, Dublin, and Buenos Aires. And on May 17-29, the Global Domains Division will be meeting in Amsterdam, city of canals, of Rembrandt and Van Gogh, to discuss issues of mutual concern to registries and registrars.
For the most part, these subjects of concern include the same topics we’ve been discussing on our blog, including consumer marketing, industry best practices, technical operations, and compliance. While tourists take in some of the most noteworthy artwork in the world, and possibly indulge a guilty pleasure or two in the city’s famous cafes, we will be happily immersed in these five essential subjects:
- Developing awareness of new gTLDs, which will include conversations about successful marketing campaigns and exciting use cases
- Developing universal acceptance of new gTLDs, by which we mean getting platforms to recognize new gTLDs as valid domains and email addresses
- Combating abuse and bad behavior on the internet, including child abuse, copyright infringement, and the sale of illegal pharmaceuticals
- Technical and operational challenges including billing, SLA monitoring, and thick WHOIS implementation
- Contractual issues and compliance matters that impact how Registries, Registrars, and ICANN staff interact
The full agenda is available on ICANN’s website. Rightside’s VP of Business and Legal Affairs, Statton Hammock and George Soler, Rightside’s Technical Implementation Lead, will be attending, and Statton will be leading sessions on marketing to brands and protecting IP rights. They’ll be sure to send you a postcard, and maybe some ninja-shaped marzipan.
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