Chief Technology Officer at ARI Registry Services
Joined on July 12, 2010 – Australia
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Chris Wright designed, configured and managed the construction of the current AusRegistry International EPP Registry System on an open source Linux platform, which was one of the first Domain Name Registry Systems in the world to feature "real time" dynamic DNS updates. He is charged with the ongoing operation and maintenance of the Registry and its associated DNS and WhoIs services.
Chris has vast experience with Registry and open source software development. Prior to becoming the .au Registry operator, AusRegistry was a well-established ICANN accredited Domain Name Registrar for whom Chris designed and managed the infrastructure, Registry-Registrar interface systems and Registration System.
Chris has consulted and given many presentations to various Australian government departments and international forums on Domain Name Registry principles and Domain Name Registry management. Chris has studied Computer Science and has extensive experience as a systems engineer and software architect. Chris's recent work for AusRegistry International has seen him design and deploy the new Domain Name Registry System for the United Arab Emirates.
This week, Thomas Barrett - the President of US based registrar EnCirca - published a timely article about how the registrar cash flow model could collapse with the imminent release of hundreds of new Top-Level Domains (TLD). I would like to thank Thomas for raising this important issue and for encouraging all new TLD applicants to discuss this topic with their back-end registry provider. more»
ICANN has tentatively agreed to proceed with the community-developed Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) model following two days of discussions at a specially organised informal meeting in Brussels last week. I believe this is an important breakthrough for the intellectual property, registry and registrar communities as it provides the best harmony between technical implementation and best practice trademark protection policy. more»
It's time for the community to demonstrate its resolve to see ICANN implement a successful and effective Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH). Let's be clear here. The current ICANN implementation model and approach is flawed and needs attention. Following more than three months of consultation and negotiation, today I'm pleased to be able to present the domain name and trademark protection industries with an alternative solution for the operation of ICANN's Trademark Clearinghouse for the new Top-Level Domain (TLD) program. more»
It was with great interest that I read a recent announcement about a plan by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to publish template answers on a wiki for the 22 questions relating to registry technical operations contained within ICANN's new Top-Level Domain Applicant Guidebook. As someone who has spent the best part of six years following the development of the program (witnessing first-hand each evolution of the Applicant Guidebook) my first thought was one of bemusement... more»
As the implementation of DNSSEC continues to gather momentum and with a number of ccTLDs, and the '.org' gTLD having deployed it into their production systems, I think it is worth pausing to take a look at the entire DNSSEC situation. Whilst it is absolutely clear that DNSSEC is a significant step forward in terms of securing the DNS, it is but one link in the security chain and is therefore not, in itself, a comprehensive solution to fully securing the DNS system. more»