Wil Tan

Wil Tan

CTO, Cloud Registry -- innovative TLD registry back-end provider
Joined on October 25, 2006 – Australia
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About

Wil Tan is a technologist and entrepreneur with keen interests in Internet architecture, identity, internationalization, and security. He specializes in DNS, IDN, and large-scale highly available systems.

He is the co-founder and CTO of Cloud Registry, a gTLD registry technical and operational services provider based in Sydney, Australia.

Previously at NeuStar, he spearheaded the IDN efforts in the registry group and implemented IDN support with an advanced bundling framework in the company’s registry systems. He also designed and implemented the internationalization support in NeuStar’s eXtensible Resource Identifier (XRI) registry.

Mr. Tan frequently contributes to industry and standardization fora such as ICANN, IETF and OASIS. As an avid open source advocate, he was instrumental to the IDN support in the Firefox browser, and was chief architect of the ISC IDN open source project.

Except where otherwise noted, all postings by Wil Tan on CircleID are licensed under a Creative Commons License.

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The 5 Stages of gTLD Shock

PCWorld lists new gTLDs among the 5 major changes facing the Internet in 2012. No doubt the sudden introduction of hundreds of new gTLDs will have a significant impact on the Internet. I postulate that users will react to new gTLDs by going through the following stages... more»

Innovating with New gTLDs

One of the primary purposes of the ICANN New generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) program is to foster innovation in the DNS industry and the wider Internet. While having a desirable TLD string that users can relate to is a good starting point, gTLD applicants may want to bolster their value propositions by offering innovative services and differentiate their TLDs from others. Defining the services to be offered is so central to a gTLD that it should be part of the initial strategy of any prospective applicant. more»

ICANN Tests IDN TLD (Live!)

At ICANN San Juan, I found out from Tina Dam, ICANN's IDN Program Director, that she was putting together a live IDN TLD test bed plan which includes translations of the string .test into eleven written languages (Arabic, Chinese-simplified, Chinese-traditional, Greek, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Russian, Tamil and Yiddish) and ten scripts (Arabic, Cyrillic, Devanagari, Greek, Han, Hangul, Hebrew, Hiragana, Katakana, Tamil)... Two days ago, ICANN provided an update on this project... more»

Chinese and Japanese IDN in .BIZ

I just got back this morning from attending the OASIS XRI TC face-to-face meeting with Bill Barnhill, Drummond Reed, Laurie Rae, Les Chasen, Markus Sabadello, Marty Schleiff. A number of good things came out of the meeting, which I'll leave for another blog because this post is about Internationalized Domain Names, not XRI. So we just opened the flood gates for Chinese and Japanese IDNs for .BIZ. This has been my brainchild for the past half a year or so, and represents a significant step forward for our registry in terms of internationalization. more»

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DNSDomain NamesTop-Level DomainsMultilinguismRegistry ServicesRegional RegistriesICANNDNS SecurityCybersecurityWebPrivacyWhoisIPv6

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