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Mitch Ratcliffe

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For more than 15 years I have chronicled and participated in the development of the Internet. I spent my early days on The W.E.L.L. In the 1990s, I was covering networking, privacy and cryptography for MacWEEK, and was the editor of Digital Media, the first publication to really explain how the Internet would really work (we were right, and the evidence is on this site). By 1996, I'd launched Internet/Media Strategiesand was starting and investing in companies for SoftBank, consulting to leaders like America Online, Audible, EarthWeb, Time Warner, Personify, and many others. In 1999, I took on the content development for ON24, the financial news network-where I co-authored the business plans and built the editorial and content teams from their launch. I left in 2001, when I/MS partnered with The Petkevich Group, a San Francisco merchant bank focusing on healthcare and information technology to launch a research publishing effort. Talk about bad timing.

Today, I am editorial director of InnovationWORLD, a leading source of information and analysis about companies expanding globally. Additionally, I've helped to launch Correspondence.org, a civic journalism site where people write the news as they experience it and talk about the solutions to social and political issues in the world today. I'm writing a book about new democratic organizational models and doing some consulting, as well.

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Centralizing the Net, Monetizing DNS, Getting Trendy?

In a Red Herring Conference held last week in California, Mitch Ratcliffe's offers an analytical overview of an interview held with Stratton Scalovs, VerisSign's CEO..."He then goes on to say that we need to move the complexity back into the center of the Net! He says the edge can't be so complex. Get David Isenberg in here! Ross Mayfield, sitting in front of me, laughs out loud. I am dumbfounded. According to VeriSign, the Net should not be open to any type of application, only applications that rely on single providers of services, like VeriSign. This is troglodyte talk." more

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DNSVoIPCybersecurityTelecomICANN

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