Chief Technology Officer at Architelos
Joined on March 9, 2011
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CTO Michael Young oversees product development, security and technology, integration services and services delivery platforms for Architelos. In this role he is charged with delivering turn-key solutions for “front-office” registry and TLD management. Front-office solutions comprise the systems, procedures and processes a new registry would need to be operational on day one. These include: contracts compliance and management, automated workflows for channel signup and readiness, financial and business operations, as well as ties to registry infrastructure providers. Michael is an active volunteer in ICANN working and interest groups, a long-standing member of ISOC (Internet Society), and has been a contributor to various IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) efforts.
Prior to joining Architelos, Michael was a founding member of the management team at Afilias (www.afilias.info), a leading registry infrastructure provider. Over his 10 years at Afilias, Michael was key in building the core technology and managing various operations teams. In his role as Vice President of Product Development, he led new product development, project management, business analysis and customer service. Michael was also a primary author in winning bids for the .ORG, .MOBI, and .IN registries and others. Michael’s IT career has been concentrated in systems operations and software development management, specializing in 24/7 high availability environments.
Michael holds degrees from the University of Toronto, Queen’s University and an MBA from Cornell University.
Wait and see approach on abuse attracts ICANN Stakeholder attention: A few weeks ago I made a detailed argument as to why product safety applies to domains, just like it does to cars and high chairs. I also argued that good products equal good business or "economically advantaged" in the long run. Then I really made a strong statement, I said if we don't actively engage other Internet stakeholders -- those that interact with our products, we would eventually lose the opportunity to self-regulate. more»
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Brand owners unfamiliar with the domain name system (DNS) are hearing that their first step in registering a top level domain (TLD) is to select a back-end TLD registry provider. The fear instilled in them is that if they don't act quickly, all available service providers will have reached their capacity. Given ICANN's tight and inflexible application submission schedule, brands don't want to be left at the starting gate. more»