ICANN 50 in London wrapped up in late June and proved to be an exciting and eventful conference. Discussion in London included hot topics such as Internet Governance and the IANA Functions Transition, as well as ongoing discussions regarding New gTLDs, ICANN Accountability, and policy development.
CircleID, Dyn, and ICANNWiki partnered to create a video blog in London, and Ray King of Top Level Design interviewed a few conference attendees to highlight the topics of ICANN 50.
Jothan Frakes of NamesCon
Jothan Frakes is a co-founder of NamesCon, a New gTLD conference that is gearing up for its second annual event in January 2015. Ray and Jothan talked about the Domain Name industry and how more people are becoming familiar with New domain names and domain names in general.
Universal acceptance of New gTLDs – Now that hundreds of New gTLDs are functioning on the Internet, Ray and Jothan discussed how acceptance of New gTLDs from different platforms like web browsers affect visibility of the new domains. For instance, many browsers such as Chrome and Firefox accept New gTLDs as websites when you type in something like awesome.ninja. This functionality works thanks to something called the Public Suffix List.
Michele Neylon of Blacknight Internet Solutions
Internet Governance – Michele and Ray discussed Internet Governance, a hot topic in London, especially since the NTIA announcement regarding the IANA contract in March. Michele highlighted how most people "just want the Internet to work" and debunked some reports that the US media has put out about how the United States is "giving away" the Internet. Michele explained the nature of the IANA function and NTIA's relationship with ICANN.
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