Antony Van Couvering

Antony Van Couvering

Joined on July 16, 2005 – United States
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Antony Van Couvering former CEO of Minds + Machines, has been working in the Internet since 1996, especially in the domain name area.  He played a substantial role in early Internet governance, taking a leading role in the early days of the ccTLD constituency.  He is known for thorough, candid analyses and innovative solutions.

In 1999 Antony founded NameEngine, where he worked with many of the world's top companies including American Express, Bridgestone-Firestone, Citibank, Colgate-Palmolive, Goodyear, Intel, Kodak, and Viacom, and with IP law firms including Fross Zelnick, Ladas & Parry, and Brown Raysman. He sold NameEngine to VeriSign in December of 2001, and as part of the arrangement worked at VeriSign Digital Brand Management Services, handling their marketing and partnerships as well as developing their customer domain name management portal.

In 1997 he founded NetNames USA, the first firm to handle the domain name needs of larger companies. He built the company up to 30 employees before selling the company to NetBenefit, a publicly-traded technology company based in London.

During this time, Antony started and managed several top-level country-code domains, including .TM (Turkmenistan), .AS (American Samoa), .BT (Bhutan), and .PW (Palau) — all of these top-level domains are now run as public-private partnerships. Working with Jon Postel, he co-authored a proposal to reform the .US domain by de-emphasizing its old cumbersome geographical structure. Many of the suggestions in the proposal (though unfortunately not all) were later implemented when the .US domain was re-launched in 2002.

Antony's deep involvement with Internet governance issues spans back to the first stirrings of reform. He was head of the Policy Advisory Body under the old gTLD-MoU structure, which later morphed (tortuously) into ICANN. Under that structure, as President of the International Association of Top-Level Domains, he chaired the meeting in Singapore that birthed the Domain Name Supporting Organization of ICANN, and was one of the governing council of the ccTLD constituency within ICANN, where he worked especially on government relations and ccTLD standards-setting.

Antony is also a speaker at meetings where Internet and intellectual property questions are aired. He has written on Internet and domain name issues for a variety of publications and in public discussion forums, and now writes mainly on his blog.


Usage Trumps Registrations: Why Past TLDs Failed and Why Many Will Follow in Their Path

Security Firm Predicts Unprecedented Series of New gTLD Failures by 2017

ICANN Compliance Lends a Hand to a Violent Criminal While Trashing a Legitimate Business

Freedom of Expression Chilled by ICANN's Addition of Speech Restrictions in DNS

The .DOCTOR Quarantine

ICANN's Comment Period on Accountability Process Seeks Scope Limitations

Top 10 Tips for Building a TLD Affiliate Network Using Social Media

  • Comment posted Sep 05, 2014 9:41 am PDT — by Antony Van Couvering
    Spot on.

Finishing What We Started: A Level Playing Field for New gTLDs

Think ICANN Will End Up Rolling in New gTLD Cash? Think Again!

Rewiring Internet Governance: Choice and Control (Part 2)

ICANN and Your Internet Abuse

The Long Gestation and Afterlife of New gTLDs

Avoiding an ICANN Monopoly on Policy

ICANN Auctions or Private Auctions?

What's Next for gTLD Applicants?

The Draw: ICANN and a Severe Case of Virus Infection

  • Comment posted Oct 14, 2012 3:43 am PDT — by Antony Van Couvering

ICANN Shows Safe Decisions Aren't Always the Right Decisions

The GAC Strikes Back

2011 UDRP Filings Up at WIPO, Down at NAF - And Still Infinitesimal

Donuts and TAS: What We Really Care About

ICANN Board Meetings Should be Webcast Live

ICANN Takes "Fail" To A Whole New Level

Most Abusive Domain Registrations are Preventable

What ICANN is Doing Wrong

Breaking the Internet HOWTO: The Unintended Consequences of Governmental Actions

ICANN Senate Hearing: The Battle Between Intellectual Property and Multistakeholderism

Why the Lawsuit Against .XXX Maybe the Best Sales Tool Ever For New gTLD Applicants

ICANN's "Unelected" Crisis

Will Anyone Qualify As a Community TLD?

Who is Wagging Who? Same Dog, New Tale.

Will Blocking a TLD Fracture the Internet?

A Phased Array Early Warning System

Concerns About ICANN's Bylaws Shouldn't Bog Down Board/GAC Discussions

Confirmed: Bill Clinton to Address ICANN Meeting in SF

ICANN Board - GAC Geneva Meeting: Open to Observers?

Another Big Step Forward for New TLDs

A Tale of Two Governance Models

Red Tape Set to Snuff Out Online Identity of Wales

New TLD Vertical Integration, Market Forces and the Path of Least Compliance

What Does the .CO Launch Mean for New gTLDs?

ICANN's Tokyo Meeting Provides a Little More Clarity on the New gTLD Program

New gTLDs and Their Hidden Costs: Part 1

Paul Kane Selected as One of Seven Security Key Holders

Brand Protection Domain Registrations: There Are More Than You Think

ICANN's Economic Study - It Depends

What the ICANN Brussels Meeting Means for New gTLDs

The Real Issue About ICANN and .XXX

CADNA: New gTLD Launch to Cost Businesses $746 Million

WIPO Reports Decrease in Cybersquatting Complains But Warns of TLD Expansion

"Thin Brand Line" Breaks as Canon Announces Plans for .CANON

ICANN Openness and Transparency: Actions Speak Louder than Words

Measuring Typosquatting Perpetrators and Funders

Tips to Protect Your Brand in the New Domain Name Marketplace

Why is ICANN Traveling Without Moving and Thwarting Innovation in the Domain Space?

gTLDs: Why Are Your Overarching Issues Not Relevant In IDN ccTLDs?

VeriSign Supports New gTLDs with Appropriate Safeguards

Post Delegation Dispute: A Once Supportable Concept Proposed by the IRT is Now Unsupportable

ICANN Releases New gTLD Applicant Guidebook ...Would Apple Need Permission from China for .MAC?

61 Businesses Tell ICANN New TLDs Are Needed to Help Consumers, Encourage Innovation, Avoid Chaos

Trademark Owners Beware: Cybersquatting Spreads to Twitter

Realizing There's More to Life Than .COM, Europe and Asia Already Do

A Framework for Selecting New TLDs

Analysis of Domain Names Registered Across Multiple Existing TLDs and Implications for New gTLDs

That Letter to ICANN from the NTIA

The ICANN New Generic TLD Process (Las Vegas Edition)

Google's Eric Schmidt: Internet Becoming a Cesspool Where Brands Are Increasing Important

Japan Domain Market Demystified

Squeegee Domains

Conflict of Opinion

Fighting Over the Scraps from ICANN's Table

IDNs and IE7 and the Coming Storm

Topic Interests

ICANNInternet GovernancePolicy & RegulationDomain NamesNew TLDsCybersecurityDNSLawWhoisPrivacyUDRPDomain ManagementCybercrimeMultilinguismDNS SecurityRegional RegistriesRegistry ServicesCensorshipWebCyberattackBrand ProtectionIP AddressingMalwareSpam

Recent Blogs

I Got Fired

A New Way to Value Registry Business

Antony Van Couvering Interviews Alexa Raad, CEO of Architelos (Video)

Antony Van Couvering Interviews Elliot Noss, CEO of Tucows (Video)

Antony Van Couvering Interviews Adrian Kinderis, CEO of Bombora Technologies (Video)

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