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ICANN 49 Singapore Preview

Three times a year the ICANN Community meets for a public meeting. The meetings are free to attend and most sessions are completely open to the public. You don’t need to be “special” to attend and there’s several opportunities for people to share their opinions at the microphone if they so wish. You also don’t […]

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US Government To Transition Key Technical Functions

A lot of Internet Governance isn’t “sexy” or “exciting”. A lot of it is meetings, conference calls and emails discussing quite abstract concepts. However, from time to time, there are big historic events that capture the world’s attention. Last Friday evening the US government made one such announcement. Up until now the US government has […]

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Say NO To Mass Surveillance

I love the internet. I love technology. I love the way that the Internet has revolutionised so many aspects of our daily lives. Before the advent of the Internet it would have been a lot harder for a small Irish company, such as ourselves, to succeed on an international stage. Unfortunately, unless you’ve been hiding […]

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Rebooting Whois

As regular readers probably know, I spend quite a bit of my time working on Internet policy related matters. Some of it may appear incredibly boring, but it matters. (If you really want me to explain why it matters I’d be happy to do so!) Since earlier this year I’ve been part of a small […]

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Press Release: Irish registrar says New RAA is a step in the right direction

Following up on my blog post from earlier we just sent this out to the media: Blacknight Announce New ICANN Registrar Accreditation Agreement Irish registrar says New RAA is a step in the right direction. April 23, 2013 – Carlow, Ireland – Leading Irish domain registrar Blacknight, announces positive changes to the New ICANN Registrar […]

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Don’t Ignore The Internet’s Nuts and Bolts

The internet as we know it is under constant attack. I don’t mean by DDOS or other “charming” things, though it’d be incredibly dumb to ignore them. What I’m talking about is the ongoing battle between the “open” and “free”. What I’m talking about is the balance between industry “self-regulation” vs government’s “top down” regulation […]

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Blacknight Goes on Offensive Against Fake Pharma, Irish registrar announces partnership with LegitScript

Going on Offensive Against Fake Pharma, Irish registrar announces partnership with LegitScript

I love the internet. I believe in it. I believe that it can make our lives better, improve our choices, help us to gain access to information quickly and easily and also help us to save money. But there’s also a “dark side” and ugly “underbelly”. There’s a very large part of the internet that […]

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Blacknight Urges ICANN to Reconsider “Closed Generic” TLDs

We’ve posted about “closed generics” a few times in the past. What are they? Basically they’re applications for new tlds that have two characteristics: the string (the bit on the right of the dot) is very generic the applicant has stated that they don’t plan on allowing the public to register domains using the extension […]

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